William “Bill” Corby Vernam passed away peacefully on April 9, 2019, at the age of 97.
Bill was born on May 31, 1921, in Yonkers, New York. Bill was preceded in death by his wife Keven “Kim” Aida Deam Vernam of Warrenton, Virginia, his parents Kenneth Sandys Vernam and Gladys V. Corby Vernam, and his brother Kenneth S. Vernam, Jr. Bill is survived by his daughter Keven “Kip” English Vernam Piper of Warrenton, Virginia, his son William “Bill” Anderson Vernam of Warrenton, Virginia, and his son’s girlfriend, Jill Lunceford of Opal, Virginia.
Growing up in Bronxville, New York, Bill was active in the Boy Scouts. He was honored to represent Troop 4 at the first National Boy Scout Jamboree in Washington, DC, in 1936. He then reached the rank of Eagle Scout in 1938.
Bill served in the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946. He was stationed at the airfield in Eagle Pass, Texas, and on the island of Leyte in the Philippines.
After World War II, Bill attended and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in forestry from the School of Forestry at the State University of New York at Syracuse. In 1950, he moved to Warrenton, Virginia, and began his career as a professional forester with the Virginia Division of Forestry. His love for the outdoors, caring for the environment, and helping people were his passions for his entire career. While with the Virginia Division of Forestry, Bill worked as one of the first urban foresters in Virginia until his retirement in 1986. In retirement, Bill enjoyed reading and spending time with family and friends, and continued to love living in Virginia.
Bill also is remembered by his many friends at Frost Diner in Warrenton, Virginia. Back in 1955, he watched as the Diner building was pulled into town on the bed of a trailer. Since the day Frost Diner opened, Bill and his family have been weekly regulars. Many meals, conversations and celebrations later, he and his family were still enjoying breakfast at the Diner just a few weeks before Bill passed.
The family will be accepting visitors at Moser Funeral Home, 233 Broadview Avenue, Warrenton, Virginia, from 10 am to 12 noon on Monday, April 15, 2019, with the service and internment following at 1 pm at Culpeper National Cemetery, 305 US Avenue, Culpeper, Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to Bill’s favorite charity by sending checks to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403 or donating through their website www.CBF.org.
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