He passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 at Baptist Health Paducah.
Vernon was baptized on June 6, 1926 at his paternal home by the Rev. Ernest David Kiefel of Zion Evangelical & Reformed United Church of Christ. His uncles, Henry Foss Sr. and Albert Buldtman, were his sponsors.
He was confirmed May 5, 1940 at Zion Evangelical & Reformed United Church of Christ by the Rev. A. Youngschlager.
He went to Round Springs School and graduated from New Columbia High School in 1944.
He was born and raised on the farm, where he still lived near Round Knob just west of North Avenue.
He farmed after he graduated from high school and then worked at Southern Illinois Steel of Metropolis.
He later worked at the I.C. Railroad Shops in Paducah until 1982, when he retired. He was still helping his son, Robert, on the farm.
On June 15, 1947, he married Verna Mae Brenningmeyer at St. John Lutheran Church of Metropolis by Rev. F.A. Wittig. She preceded him in death on May 4, 2013.
Vernon is survived by a son, Robert Buldtman and companion Donna of Metropolis; one daughter, Rhonda Cowan and husband Jerry of Kuttawa, Ky.; four granddaughters, Amanda Shelby and Kristin, Sarah Buldtman, Maggie Haverkamp and Carrie Haverkamp; one great-grandson, Ethan Shelby; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Hannah Foss Buldtman; his wife, Verna Mae Brenningmeyer Buldtman; an infant daughter; and two sisters, Vernita Korte and husband Wilson and Velma Hilgeman and husband Lloyd.
Funeral service was held Saturday at Miller Funeral Home in Metropolis with Rev. Tom Emmerson officiating. Music was provided by Connie Hefner.
Burial followed at Zion United Church of Christ Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Mitch Bremer, Greg Stamme, Andy Stamme, Chris Cromeenes, Steve Korte and Monte Bremer.
Honorary pallbearers were Mauri Fiorentini, David Brown, Jim Cole and Michael Brenningmeyer.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.
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