Ferne and Vernie have five children - Steven and Linda Nicolaisen and Larry Nicolaisen of Cherokee, Jane and Bob Boothby and Patricia and Joe Glassmaker of Marcus, and Lisa and Dolan Grashoff of Aurelia -
and also have 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Ferne works on crafts and gardens in her spare time. She is an avid quilter and knitter, and also loves to crochet. Vernie enjoys restoring houses and working with his sons in their farming operations.