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Verner O. Lathrop, born 01:30 AM July 18, 1915 His grandmother, Ada Nancy Pierce, acting as midwife, a husky baby boy was brought into a new environment. The 1st son, second child of Floyd Ransom, Lena (Pierce) lathrop. At 6 years old he started school in a one room (church) school, walked with his sister Ola, 3 miles to school and 3 miles home. His report card showed excellent. At an early age, he was taught how to do the farm chores, like milking cows, feeding chickens, hogs and horses. He continued to live with his parents and work on the farm until the age of 24. He sas the pasture was greener elsewhere. He joined the military service. He served in two wars; European and Vietnam. He joined the military July 7th 1939 and retired in August 1970.
Prior to joining the military his education was only to the 8th grade, however while in the military he attended classes for his high school diploma, plus two years of college. He was married January 18, 1946 to a very nice young lady (a school teacher) and through her mother, his wife was a descendant of the Heshin who fought with the "Kings" army in the war of 1776. They were married for 28 years and 4 months. They had no children of their own. However, they became legal guardian of a niece from age 6-15 years old, during which time his military assignments were far and wide. Europe and far east. During his European assignment, their travels included; Germany, France, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Norway, England, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, Austria, and many other countries.
They spent from November 1946 to January 1950 in Germany. Paris, France March 1951 to March 1954. He was assigned to a military base near Sacramento, California there he remained until discharged in August of 1970. He remained in California until March 1994, at which time he moved to Wichita Falls, Texas. In 1997, he moved to Grangerland, Texas near Conroe, Texas.
In 2002, he stated a building project on his property. A replica of a sharecropper's farm house, the last home he lived in before he joined the military. Most of the building material is from a house he helped build in 1936 on his grandmother's farm near Flo, Texas.
A service to celebrate Mr. Lathrop's life will be held 10:00 AM Saturday May 20, 2017 at the Waller Thornton Funeral Home Chapel in Huntsville, Texas with burial to follow at the Parker Cemetery outside of Flo, Texas with Pastor Dennis Graham officiating.
Published on May 18, 2017
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