Vernon Lee Mukes, was born July 30, 1939 in Carney, Oklahoma. Vernon was the ninth of eleven children born to George Washington Mukes and Clementine Rainger-Mukes. Vernon graduated from Dunjee High School in 1959, where he was a member of the football team. Upon graduating high school, Vernon was drafted into the United States Army. After his military service, Vernon received an Honorable Discharge. He then attended Langston University and Oklahoma Christian College. Vernon had an illustrious career at Tinker Air Force Base as an Electrician, where he retired after 38 years.
Vernon had a number of different hobbies and talents. He was an accomplished fisherman and hunter. Some of his most memorable moments occurred in the great outdoors with his family. Vernon always enjoyed maintaining his farm and garden. He found joy in his homegrown fruits and vegetables. One of Vernon's most notable accomplishments was his talent in the kitchen. Along with his brother James, Vernon's barbeque was arguably unmatched. Vernon was the epitome of a handyman. If it was broken, he could fix it and if it could be built, he could build it.
But his greatest accomplishment was the love and compassion he shared with his family and loved ones. Vernon and Doris were married for 45 years, until his passing. This union touched and shaped many lives, Carl, Jr., Alonzo, and Alphonso Kemp and Nicole Mukes were nurtured and shaped through this union. A previous union blessed Vernon with his eldest son, Vernon George Mukes.
Vernon is survived by his wife Doris, his three brothers, Leon Mukes of
Detroit, Michigan; Allen (Ernestine) Mukes of Spencer, Oklahoma; and James Mukes of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Vernon is also survived by his children Vernon George, Carl F. Kemp Jr., Alonzo (Tammy) Kemp, Alphonso (Renee) Kemp, and Nicole Mukes. Vernon leaves to cherish his memory eleven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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