LaVERN A. “VERN” COYE ~ Honorary Class of 1956
March 5, 1937 - January 27, 2005
Vern, 67, of Benton City went to be with the Lord on January 27, 2005 at Kadlec Medical Center with family and friends by his side. He was born March 5, 1937, in Nakoma, ND to the late David Omar and VerdaBelle Coye.
He moved with his family in 1946 to Richland and attended Richland's Columbia High School with the class of '56. He enlisted and served 2 years in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He worked at Boise Cascade until he started working for G.E. in 1963. He married Pamela "Pam" Randow on August 11, 1962, and was a loving husband and friend for 42 years.
Vern worked 31 years at the Hanford site. He was an operator, union steward, and manager. At the time of his retirement, in 1994, he was a senior planner and scheduler at the 200 Area Tank Farms.
In 1971, Vern and Pam purchased their "Lazy Limo Ranch," where they raised cattle, chickens, horses, and flocks of friends ever since. Life at the ranch was always exciting and gave Vern the space to carry on all lof his special projects. Vern was a member of the American Legion, Moose Lodge, and Prosser V.F.W. (He also belonged to the Rod and Gun Club, now closed.)
Vern loved to hunt deer and elk in the "Blues" and Tucannon areas. He fished anywhere he could wet his line. He also played pool and was an avid trap shooter. He was once the Washington state Champion trap shooter. He also raced at the Tri-City Raceways and won a few demolition derbys and races.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Larry (in 1978) and Eugene (in 1995) .
Vern is survived by his wife, Pam Randow Coye ('60); sister, Shirley Coy DesChane ('58), his brother-in-law, Delbert DesChane ('57); nieces Peggy (Stanley), Kathy (Brian), Sally, and Vickie; and nephew David.
Memorial services were on February 5, 2005, at the American Legion Post 115 in Benton City. Chaplain Tim Ledbetter officiated the celebration of Vern's life.
The family suggests memorial contributions be given in Vern's name to either the Neurological Center, Alzheimer's Department, 712 Swift Blvd, Richland, WA 99352, or Alzheimer's Association (research center), 12721 30th Ave. N.E., Seattle, WA 98125
Express your thoughts and memories in the online guest book at Einan's Funeral Home.
Vern's wife, Pam Randow Coye ('60) died in 2006.