Jun. 24, 1950 Davenport Thayer County Nebraska, USA
Apr. 14, 1998 Sedan Nuckolls County Nebraska, USA
Vernon Lee Corman Jr., 47, of rural Edgar lost his life Tuesday, Apr. 14, just before 9:00 p.m., when he was pulled beneath some stored corn in a grain bin.
According to Nuckolls County Attorney, Timothy Schmidt, Corman and his son Darin were moving some grain out of the metal grain bin. While Darin was running the auger, Vernon was in the bin, and was pulled down into the corn.
Vernon Corman's body was recovered by rescuers at about 10:30 p.m. The location of the accident is about a mile east of the Sedan elevator. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Vernon Lee Corman, Jr., 47, of rural Edgar died Tuesday, April 14, 1998 in Nuckolls County in a farming accident. He was born June 24,1950 to Vernon and Betty (Andersen) Corman in Thayer County.
He was baptized as an infant, and later confirmed into the Christ Lutheran Church at Davenport. He attended school at Davenport Community School. He was involved in all aspects of sports throughout high school, setting many school records in track. Continuing in his love for running, he and his daughter, Kristin, ran the Omaha Marathon together during her junior year in high school.
He was active in 4-H and a member of the Lively Strivers Nuckolls County 4-H Club. He showed cattle at the county fair among other projects. As a father, Vern supported the participation of his children in 4-H and scouting.
He was a member of the All-State Football team in 1967 and also the same year, he was selected to be part of the first National Agricultural Youth Institute group in Nebraska. He was the Davenport representative to Boys State and graduated from Davenport High School as Salutatorian in 1968.
He received a 4-year Regents scholarship to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where he was a walk on for the Cornhusker Football team. In 1972, he graduated with high distinction from the University of Nebraska with a major in Agronomy. He was a member of the honorary Alpha Zeta, the UNL Agronomy Club, Ag Men Fraternity, and the University Glee Club. During college Marla led Vern to Christ and he was baptized in 1971, placing membership with the Lincoln Church of Christ.
On March 4,1972 he was united in marriage to Marla Janette Prior in Imperial. They resided in Lincoln until graduation and returned to the Davenport/Edgar area to set up farming with his father and brother. To this, union were born three children, Dustin Derrick, Kristin Ann, and Darin Lee.
The couple celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a trip to Hawaii.
The family most recently shared a trip to the 1997 Orange Bowl.
Vern was a generous person. He shared what he had with others but was embarrassed by any show of appreciation beyond a simple "Thank you."
He enjoyed farming, family and his faith. He set up a successful hog operation while improving and expanding the farm as a whole. He was highly esteemed by his peers for his diligent and heartfelt work ethic.
He was involved with members of his family in many different ways. Movies and walking with Marla, farming with Dustin, running with Kristin, and working on cars with Darin were his favorite family activities.
He was an avid Bible student and a leader at the Davenport Church of Christ for 26 years, as well as instructing his kids in their daily walk with God. He taught Bible classes at church as well as devotions at home. He was highly esteemed at church for his wisdom and discernment of the Bible.
He liked sports, country music, reading, and traveling. He usually had a package of M & M's close by and liked to stop at the store for a Pepsi. He enjoyed time with people. Vern's personality may best be described as, "quick to listen and slow to speak;" wisdom we can all learn from.
Preceding him in death were his grandparents; Claude and Christena(Bower) Corman, Faye (Bates), Betty(Price) and Clark Andersen, and father-in-law Gordon Prior.
Survivors include wife, Marla; and sons, Darin of Edgar and Dustin at Lincoln; and daughter, Kristin of New York City; parents, Vernon and Betty Corman of Edgar; brother, Richard Lynn and Mary Alice of Edgar; sisters, Nancy Sue and Bill Vossler of Friend, Pamela Jean and Brad Shuck of Edgar; mother-in-law, Ellen Prior of Hasings; brothers-in-law, Ronald and Ann Prior of Plymouth, Mass., Kent and Marsha Prior of Lincoln, Kevin and Jan Prior of Grand Island, and Gaylin and Lisa Prior of Hastings. Nieces and Nephews include Angela, Crystal and Kelly Corman, Jessica Vossler, Norrisa Riley, Kalen and Breanna Shuck, Mark and wife Diana Prior, Analisa, Adam and Andrew Prior, Audra and Megan Prior, Jenny, Aaron, and Evan Prior.
Casket bearers were Jerry Littrel, Brad Shuck, Roger Luther, Russell Hinds, Bill Vossler, and Claude Holtzen. Honorary casket bearers were Willard Hinds, Richard Swenson, Harley Grone, and Bruce Scroggin.
The congregation sang the following, "He Leadeth Me," "Blessed Assurance," "Amazing Grace," and "No Tears In Heaven." A group composed of Derek Lambert, Todd Wells, Wendy Wells, Tim Russell, and Pricilla Russell sang "My Help Comes From the Lord" and "Lord Be There For Me." Another group composed of Erik Larson, Andy Lewis, Adam White, and Todd French sang "In Times Like These," and "As A Deer Panteth."
Services were Saturday at the Davenport Church of Christ with Rev Frank Wheeler officiating.
Interment was at the Davenport City Cemetery.
Funeral director was Ken Vogel of Urbauer-Price Funeral Home of Davenport.
Source: Hebron Journal-Register April 22, 1998
Inscription: And we will Dwell in the House of the Lord Forever United March 4, 1972 Blessed with Dustin, Kristen, Darin
Burial: Davenport Cemetery Davenport Thayer County Nebraska, USA Plot: Block 8, Lot 77, Grave 8