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Vernon Locke

Vernon Locke

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018
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Vernon was born the fifth of eight children and first twin of Merritt Walter Locke and Effie Victoria (Farmer, Burley) Locke. He was raised and went to school around the Belt area.
He was drafted while in high school in June 1943, served as an "Ack Ack" man shooting down V1's over the White Cliffs of Dover and in the Battle of the Bulge.
When he came home he finished his high school with his younger brothers and went on to college at Northern, in Havre where he met and eventually married Lois Opal Welte, December 26, 1948 in Havre.
He moved to Billings and graduated from Rocky in 1950 with a teaching degree in Industrial Arts. His first job was teaching at Garfield Junior High. He got his Masters at Greeley, Colorado, during the summers, then when Riverside Junior High was built in 1963 he taught there until he retired. He was in charge of the Parks and Recreation Department for a few years, and Boy Scout Master for Troop 4 for a long time.
He loved gardening, hunting, fishing and teaching. He wore many hats, had many jobs, and knew many people.
He had a lot of medical problems toward the end of his life but his goal was to make it to a hundred.
His marriage lasted almost 70 years, his five children, Gary, Dean, Rodney, Keith and Rita, all survived him as well as his loving, faithful wife Lois. His parents and all of his siblings have gone before him. He will be missed by many.
He was a member and deacon at the First Presbyterian church then in the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
The visitations will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 13 at the Smith West Chapel, 304 34th Street West. The services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 13 at the chapel with interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 13th, 2018 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Thursday, December 13th, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
  • Service

    Thursday, December 13th, 2018 | 11:00am
    Thursday, December 13th, 2018 11:00am
    Smith West Chapel
    304 34th Street West
    BILLINGS, MT 59102
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  • Interment

    Sunset Memorial Gardens
    1721 Central Ave
    BILLINGS, MT 59102
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Karen Locke

Posted at 01:09pm
Thank god for people as kind as Grampy Vernon Locke who saw the atrocities of war and decided to make the world a better place while he could, who never boasted even though he could have about all the kind and generous things he went completely out of his way to do.His kingdom truly will be in heaven now and we will all miss him.

Gloria Charles Trevizo

Posted at 09:15am
My prayers to the family during this time of sorrow. I remember Mr. Locke from Riverside. He taught a few of my brothers ( Jesse,Robert, Santos and Benito) he was a very caring person always smiling as he walked through the halls of Riverside. R.I.P.

Phil Gibbs

Posted at 07:39pm
My condolences to Mr. Locke’s family. I have often thought about Mr. Locke who introduced me to the world of working with my hands in general and woodworking specificaly. He was my shop teacher at Garfield in the 50’s. He was a wonderful person. I’ll always be grateful for him. Thank you.

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