Funeral services were held today at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee. Rev. Magrey deVega officiated. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee. There was a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the Church. There were also military rites at the cemetery by L.A. Wescott Post #2253 of the V.F.W. Visitation was from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee with the family present from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Online condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com
Vernon was born July 28, 1921 in the Kingsley area to Ray and Emma (Woods) Bainbridge. He attended school in Kingsley where he graduated in 1939. He sheared a lot of sheep in his younger years in Cherokee County. His family did custom baling. He showed a sixth place calf at the International Cattle Show in Chicago as a young man in 4-H. He was married to Mildred Ferris on Jan. 7, 1947 at Elk Point, S.D. He farmed for many years until retiring due to poor eye sight and moved to Kingsley. He also loaded lots of gravel out of his own gravel pit north of Quimby. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U. S. Army and received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and 5 battlefield stars. He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, the V.F.W. and at one time several square dance clubs. He enjoyed square dancing, bowling with his son Rodney, fishing in Minnesota and playing cards. He had lived in Cherokee for many years, prior to this on a farm near Quimby. Vernon loved his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and had many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Judy Law, great grandson Jerry Mote, brother Doris Ray Bainbridge and a sister Lainys Bainbridge.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred, and three children; Rodney Bainbridge and his wife Priscilla of Cherokee. Roger "Scrapper" Bainbridge and his wife Bonnie of Cherokee; Beth Mote and her husband Tom of Dupo, Ill.; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild; a sister Beulah Spink of Kingsley, many nieces and nephews.