Ronald “Ron” Vernon passed away quickly and peacefully on September 25, 2016 in Torrance, California. Ron was born on November 6, 1936 in Beverly Hills, California to Walter and Stephanie Vernon. Ron was very proud of the fact his parents were actors, noting his father, Wally Vernon, had appea…read more
Ronald “Ron” Vernon passed away quickly and peacefully on September 25, 2016 in Torrance, California. Ron was born on November 6, 1936 in Beverly Hills, California to Walter and Stephanie Vernon. Ron was very proud of the fact his parents were actors, noting his father, Wally Vernon, had appeared in over sixty movies as well as performing Vaudeville.
As a young man at the age of eighteen, Ron enlisted in the United States Army and served three years of active duty, spending one and one half years based in Japan. As part of his initial training Ron attended and graduated from Airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia, an accomplishment he spoke of often.
In 1957 Ron separated from his active duty service in the military and moved to Hermosa Beach where he studied to become a court reporter and was later hired by the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Ron worked for the courts for approximately 30 years. While working for the courts Ron learned to snow ski and turned this skill into a weekend job as an instructor on weekends at the Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort and Snow Valley Resort in the San Bernardino Mountains.
During the eighties Ron became very interested in ballroom dancing, becoming an excellent dancer. His interest and talent led him to become involved in a number of amature dance competitions where he won several awards. At the same time he rejoined the United States Army by enlisting in the active reserve, rising to the rank of Master Sergeant and serving in the 78 JAG Attachment stationed in Los Alamitos, California.
In 1987 Ron decided to attend college and enrolled in National University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration.
In 1988 Ron met Darlene who happened to be living in the same apartment complex which began a six-year dating relationship. In 1994 Ron and Darlene were married and moved to Lomita.
In 1996 Ron retired from both The County of Los Angeles and the Army Reserve. After retirement, he developed an interest in Karate, eventually being awarded a Black Belt. Also during retirement Ron became an avid fisherman frequenting the Redondo Beach Pier, until he discovered golf, which then became his new “career”. Ron enjoyed golfing weekly with his regular partners from his church, and with friends at Harbor Golf Course. Gardening, working around the house, muscle cars and speeding were among Ron’s interests as well. Ron enjoyed sharing the stories of his life with friends and family.
Ron is survived by his wife Darlene, sister Mary (Vernon) Myers, twin brother Bob Vernon, sons Victor and Jason Vernon, granddaughters Michele, Lexi, Daniele, and Noe. Great grandson Nate, and great granddaughters Izabela and Kristina. He is also survived by nieces, nephews and Darlene’s sisters Carol and Donna. He will be missed by all.
Memorial Services will be held on October 12, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. The services will take place at the Bay Church located at 24730 Narbonne Avenue Lomita, California.
Interment will take place at the United States Military Cemetery in Riverside, California. Graveside services will be attended by family only.
In Lieu of flowers, the Vernons have requested that a donation be made to a charity of choice in memory of Ron.hide