ROCK FALLS – Vernon M. Purdue, 86, of Rock Falls, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center in Prophetstown. He was a shipping foreman at Northwestern Steel & Wire Co. for many years.
Vernon was born June 17, 1926, in Rock Falls, the son of Arthur and Eva (Book) Purdue. He served in the Navy from July 1, 1943, to June 16, 1947. He married Emily Jean Roth on July 30, 1955, in Sterling. She preceded him in death on Jan. 13, 2011. Vernon was a member of First United Methodist Church in Sterling.
Survivors include one daughter, JoAnn Greiner of Brookfield; one son, Gary Roth of Woodstock; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by one granddaughter, two sisters and two brothers.
There are no services. Cremation rites have been accorded. Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling handled arrangements.
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