Vernon Kermit Hammond

Vernon Kermit Hammond, 78 passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 at Moundview Memorial Hospital, Friendship, Wisconsin.

Funeral services will be 12 Noon on Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at Roseberry’s Funeral Home in Friendship, Wisconsin.  Rev. John K. Stake will officiate.  Interment will be at White Creek Cemetery.

Friends may call at Roseberry’s on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Vernon was born March 26, 1934 in the township of Quincy, Adams County to Kermit “Casey” and Alma (Reuterskiold) Hammond. In 1952 Vernon graduated from Adams-Friendship High School.  He served in the Army division of the Navy from 1953-1955.  Where he operated tug boats at an Air-Force base in Newfoundland.  While serving in the army he found his passion for playing the guitar and taught himself to play.  After leaving the service he returned home to work with his father on their family owned saw mill.  Later working for Arkansas Traveler Boat Factory, Carpenters Pureoil Station and then driving bus for Badger Army Ammunition Plant. In 1972 Vernon started working for Castle Rock Container Corporation where he continued to work until he was forced to retire in 1997 due to illness.

On August 27, 1960 he was united in marriage to Lilah K. Gast at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Adams.  To this union they were blessed with two daughters, Stacey and Paula, and one son Thad.  Vernon and Lilah raised their family in Adams where he continued to reside until his time of death.
All who knew Vernon are well aware of his passion for country music and how dedicated he was to his band the Loners.  Along with his music he enjoyed golf, fishing, boating, snowmobiling, NASCAR, camping and traveling in the R.V.  Vern also liked tinkering with cars and small engines.  He was an avid Packer fan and a story teller.  Vern loved people and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Vern was a member of Central Wisconsin Country Music Association, Mid-West Wisconsin Country Music Jamboree, Sand County Campers, Moundview Snowmobile Club, Moundview Golf Club, and served as an Alderman for the city of Adams for several years.

Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Kay Theisen, his brother Kenneth Hammond, sister-in-law Georgiana Hammond, Brother-in-law Kurt Ehlert, and nephew Tristan Stemper.

He is survived by: Wife Lilah, daughters Stacey Hamman, Paula (Len) Hamman, son Thad(Connie) Hammond.  Grandchildren Amber Hamman, Travis Hamman, Sarah (Seth) Hamland, Logan Hamman, & Seth Hamman. Great Grandchildren: Angus, Paxton, and Aubrey.  Son-in-law Tracy Hamman. Step-grandchildren Holly, Michelle, Jordan, & Ashlyn.  Step great grandchildren: Elyssa, Nevaeh, and Leina.

Surviving siblings are: Wilfred Hammond, Myrna (Ronald) Klaus, Douglas (Jean) Hammond, and Linda (Larry) Stemper. Sister-in-law Mary Schmidt.  Numerous Nieces and Nephews.


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  1. Harvey and Janie Hiller says:

    To all of Verns Family… Vern played at our wedding reception almost 37 years ago. And Harvey worked at the rock for over 20 years with Vern. God bless him and hopefully he is playing up in heaven.

  2. Debra Lawsing (Kosobud) says:

    A bright star has passed out of our lives. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  3. Herb & Lois Babcock says:

    So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you Lilah and family. My earliest memories of Vernon was when he played guitar at “Curly’s Tavern” (now Springville Tap). He was out own personal “Elvis”. We feel very lucky to have known him for so many years. Call if we can help you.

  4. Tom Mckinley says:

    Sorry to hear that Vern has passed away. What a great guy he was. Always enjoyed talking to him and of course listening to his band.
    My condolences.

  5. Barb (Larson) Dehmlow says:

    To the Hammond family, We were so sorry to hear of Vern’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Chuck and I send our deepest condolences.


    My sympathy goes out to his family.


    Vern was a very dear friend when I worked at the rock my sympaththy goes out to his family.


    Lilah, Stacey and Willie,
    Our condolences to you and your families.

  9. Ron and Christie Gauthier says:

    Lilah, Stacy, Paula and Thad,
    Sorry for your loss. Vern will truly be missed. Vern played for our wedding. His music was always wonderful to listen to. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Ever need anything don’t be afraid to call.
    Ron and Christie Gauthier

  10. Scott Baumgart says:

    Lilah, Stacey, Paula & Thad,
    So many memories growing up next door. Vern will be forever part of my life experience. Some of my impressionable years were spent witnessing a man who loved to live and do. I have no early memories of Vern sitting around doing nothing. Once Sophie told me of Vern’s passing, good memories rushed through my mind of a man and a wonderful family.

    Love, Scott

  11. LaVonne Scott says:

    Vern was fun, knowledgeable about the on goings in our City, and and all around good guy. You were fortunate to have him for so long. My heart goes out to all of you, he is at peace.

  12. Chuck Fallos says:

    Vern… one of a kind. It flashes memory back to the days of walking over to the PURE OIL station and listening to “Stardusters” practice or hearing him play at the old Carpenter’s drive-in. So tonight Vern & Ike will pick a few tunes tonight, for sure.

  13. Romie and Shirley Theisen and family says:

    Lilah and family, sorry we can’t be with you. We always think of Vern and his band when we hear country music. What a credit to Adams-Friendship area and now in heaven. Cherish your wonderful memories always. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. Janis Rhinehart says:

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God grant you peace

  15. Brett Cavanaugh says:

    Sorry for you loss. I will keep you and your whole great family in my prayers. take care.

  16. Pat Holm Jodarski says:

    To Willie and Vernon’s family – I am so sorry to hear about Vernon, so many good visits with him and Kenny over the years. I especially enjoyed his music and when he and my brother Vern did “Wipe Out” so many long years ago. Many the beautiful memories you shared be of some consolation.

  17. Vern and Marcia Holm McMinnville Oregon says:

    I was so sorry to hear about Vern’s long illness and passing. He could have made it to Nashville but we were all thankful that he stayed in the area and provided some of the best entertainment to the home folkes. I was very privileged to be a drummer in his band.

  18. Ross & Mary Moore says:

    Lilah and Hammond Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Vernon will always be remembered for his love of country music. He will be missed very much. May God comfort you and the Hammond family during this time of sorrow.

  19. Bobby and Connie Hilson says:

    You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  20. Bill & Fran Christofferson, Florida says:

    45 years ago Vern & his band played for our wedding dance. Gosh, they were good. So sorry to hear of your loss. But think of the beautiful songs he’s singing above !

  21. Judy (Olson) Hall says:

    Lilah: Thinking about you at your most difficult time. Judy (Olson) Hall

  22. monica (twachtman) arndt says:

    Stacey and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Vern’s passing. This time of year is always the hardest to have this happen. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sorry I am not able to come to the funeral due to work.

  23. Brenda (Rhinehart) Quinnell says:

    Lilah, Stacey, Paula, Thad and families,
    Our deepest sympathies in your loss. Vern was such a happy and nice man, may these pleasant memories of him sustain you during this difficult time. Time may not heal, but it does mend, and eventually you will be able to remember the good times when he was well and forgot the times he wasn’t. Until then, we will keep you in our prayers for healing and peace.
    Brenda and Robert



  25. Jerrie Spath says:

    To the Hammond Famlies:
    Sorry to hear about Vernon, he was a great guy and good friend.Remember all the good times we had growing up together.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with your families.

  26. Jim and Ardy Olson says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I’ll always remember all the smiling and laughing going on when around Vern. He was definately a bright spot in a lot of peoples lives!

  27. Ron and Velna Waite says:

    Lilah, Stacey, Paula, Thadand the Hammond Families. Our condolences to you with the loss of Vern. Thoughts and Prayers are with you.

  28. Richard Davis, Indianapolis says:

    So sorry to hear of Vern’s passing. We enjoyed our times in Adams County with Vern and band, especially when they played at our 20th AF class reunion, and the times we camped in our RV with Vern and the others of the Sand County Campers. Condolences to the family. He will be missed.

  29. John Holmes says:

    So Sorry to hear of Verns’ passing. The one thing I’ll never forget about Vern was his sense of humor. My codolences to the family.

  30. Carol (Reichardt) Cunningham says:

    To Lilah and also to Doug:

    I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. No expression of sympathy, no matter how deeply felt, can really help much right now—but I just wanted to let you know that my thoughts are with the both of you and your families.

  31. Valerie Mecklenburg-Holland says:

    So very sorry for your loss. He was just a joy to be are in my heart at this time.

  32. Carol Hall says:

    Stacey and Paula so sorry for the loss of your dad. Aunt Myrna so sorry for the loss of your brother. I know how difficult it can be to lose a loved one. Please know that I will pray that God will bring some peace to you at this difficult time.

  33. Don and Julia Miller says:

    Sorry to hear of Vern’s passing. I enjoyed playing guitar with him at Doc’s Rv in Gulf Shores, Al. A wonderful person. Don & Julia Miller, Louisville, ky.

  34. Gordon & Mary Lee Klaus says:

    Lilah and family….Vern was a warm and loving person and he will be missed by all who knew him. All I can say is “Act Naturally”….a song he was always willing to sing for me….Please call if you need anything. Mary Lee

  35. Marv and Mary Wallner says:

    Lilah, we are so sorry to hear of Vern’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  36. Pam Collins says:

    We grew up listening to and dancing to Vern Hammond & The Loners , we sat and visited with him at the park in July, listening to Uncle Ozzie, he was still quite the talker!!

  37. gayla anderson says:

    My husband started out playing drums in a band with vern many moons ago and will be very much missed.. So sad for your loss.

  38. Terry Barthel says:

    Sorry to read of Verns passing, remember watching him play at White Creek Tavern (Alices) many, many years ago.

  39. John and Dorene says:

    We were so sorry to hear about Vern. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I wish we could be there , but doesn’t look as though we will make it. Not feeling to great!

  40. Dorothy Brennecke says:

    Stacey and Paula,
    I’m sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  41. Marv and Judy Wright says:

    A friend who was a joy to be around and will be sadly missed.

  42. Pat Pietrzak says:

    Lilah and family, Sorry to hear about Vern. I always remember your anniversary date because it was suppose to be the same day as mine and you had to postpone 1 week to access Dellwood Pavillion. So many memories, eh? My sympathy to you and your family. Take Care.

  43. Melody Hazel McFarlane says:

    So sorry to hear about Vern.
    Everyone enjoyed his music and his personality!
    He will be missed!!

  44. sandy baker(clinton) says:

    Stacy so sorry to hear the loss of your father thinking of you.

  45. Loren Lecy & Peg Henriksen says:

    May God family and friends comfort you during this difficult time.

  46. Dennis & Peggy Falk says:

    Vern was fun to be with and work with! I’ll always be proud to have been one of the loners! Peggy and I send our heartfelt condolences!

  47. Gale & Doris Roberts says:

    We are sorry to hear of Vern’s passing we will miss his good country music. He was a very friendly person and a very good musician.

  48. Meri Morgan says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Meri, Stephen and Seth.

  49. The Leja Family says:

    You are all in our thoughts & prayers – hugs & love to all of you!

  50. Sheldon & Donna Sundsmo says:

    So sorry to hear of Vern’s passing he was a great guy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

  51. John and Angie Shoener and family says:

    We are saddened to hear about Vernon’s passing. Please accept our condolences. You will all be in our thoughts and prays during the difficult times ahead. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

  52. Keith & Jill Witt says:

    Lilah, Just to let you know we are thinking about you and hope all goes well for you.

  53. Lloyd and Pam VanBeek and family says:

    Stacey and Paula and Family,
    So sorry to hear about your dad. We are thinking of you and your family. Try to remember all the good
    times that you had with him….

  54. Cheri Cekan says:

    So sorry to hear of Vern’s passing. My condolences to your family.

  55. Rick and Pam Zindars says:

    Vern was a great guy, he will be missed. He played at our wedding and was Rick’s boss at Castle Rock.

  56. Coral Klein Smith says:

    To the Hammond family;
    Vern and the Loners played at our wedding reception in Dec 1978. He even invited my mom and dad, John and Paula, to sing and play a song with them. What a great time and entertainment he gave us. Those hard working “old Quincy boys” sure knew how to have fun, too.
    May your love and many good memories with him help you through this most difficult time.

  57. Kay and Herb says:

    Just loving You and the Kids

  58. Hans & Dorothy Menck says:

    From riding the Badger bus, to dancing to his music & listening to his jokes – our good friend will be missed. Our hearts and prayers are with you, Lila & family.

  59. Sharon Lobenstein says:

    We hear some beautiful music flowing down from heaven… Vern is country rockin’ the clouds..
    Long distance hugs and prayers from Oregon.
    Joe & Sharon Lobenstein

  60. Sue Anderson (Davis) says:

    So sorry for your loss. Vern was a great guy and I great memories of him from childhood on. He will always be remembered fondly.

  61. Sally Winchester and James Rahn says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers and best wishes to the family.