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Vernon T. "Sonny" Tennant

Died: Thu., Aug. 6, 2015


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Missoula - Vernon T. "Sonny" Tennant, 79 of Missoula, passed away August 6, 2015 at the Stevensville Living Center. He was born April 17, 1936 in Kalispell, MT. The son of the late Vernon and Mary Tennant. Vern was raised in Kalispell. During his high school years he found a passion for sports, in which he excelled in football. He graduated from Flathead High School-Home of the Braves in 1955. After high school Vern became a Grizzly on the football team as a fullback on the 1956 roster. In1958 he joined the Navy and was stationed in Hawaii for 3 years, before returning to Kalispell. In1961 Vern went to a dance where he laid eyes on Audrey and an instant love for eachother was formed. They married in 1961 and quickly began a family. Vern was a hard worker and a great family man. He worked for Meadow Gold for 30 years before retiring. He had the ability to get everyone's attention with his whistling. He loved to watch sports, had many "secret" fishing holes, challenged all to Pinochle and Cribbage, and enjoyed dancing with his wife at the Accordion Club dances. Vern is survived by his wife of 54 years, Audrey, of Missoula, and 3 sons, Richard and Julie Gebhardt of Ronan, Rocky and Sue Ellen of Delaware/Montana, Kirk and Lori Tennant of Stevensville, 2 daughters, Janet Turney of Victor, and Julie and Mike Weiner of Wisconsin, 12 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 1 brother, George and 1, sister, Louis of Kalispell. The family suggests to celebrate the life of Vern, crack open a beer and enjoy, Here’s to you, Dad!

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Dale Shawhan
   Posted Sun August 09, 2015
To Vern's family, I express my sincere condolences for your loss. I knew Vern or Sonny Vern since grade school. He was always a great friend through the years and after high school, we lost contact when he went to college and I joined the Navy. I'll always remember Sonny Vern as a great competitor and a gentleman on the field. Even though he was the biggest player (at the fullback position) on our senior year team in 1954-55, he always played with gusto and a fair sense of play. It was my hope that he would be able to make it back to Kalispell for our 60th class reunion on August 2, 2015 but his failing health didn't allow it. Sonny Vern, as you pass through the after life, save a spot on the bench for the rest of your team.

Carol Huggins
   Posted Sun August 09, 2015
Dear Audrey and family, I read about Vern this morning and want to convey my sympathy to you and family. Just last week Jerry Luchau and I were talking about Griz football and Vern's name came up. Jerry played with Vern At UM. I told him I had not seen you two lately. I do hope that Vern was not suffering in anyway. I will tell Jerry in case he doesn't see the paper. This fall when Griz football starts we will toast Vern. He was a great friend for anyone to have. I always enjoyed talking with him. God bless you all. Sincerely, Carol

Bill & Helen Evans
   Posted Sun August 09, 2015
Dear Audrey and family, We were so sorry to see that Vern passed away. We were just talking about him at the class of '55 reunion last weekend, he was missed. I don't think anyone even knew he wasn't well.
He was a special friend for many years and always had a smile. You all made him very happy and gave him a good life.
You are in our prayers,
Bill & Helen

Robert (Bob) Skaggs
   Posted Mon August 10, 2015
Dear Audrey and Family, Sorry to hear about your loss, Vern and I went back
a long way and I always considered him a great friend. I remember his great
effort while playing football, a game he loved. I also was stationed in Hawaii, but in the Marines, but we ran into each other from time to time. While we
have lost a great friend, we never lose our memories..

Judy Loveless
   Posted Mon August 10, 2015
To the family, had just visited both of them at the center. So sorry for your loss. He has been a wonderful friend all these years. Please let me know if you need anything and let me know if I can help Audrey in any way. My heart goes out to you all!

Irene Loveless
   Posted Mon August 10, 2015
I love all of you very much and will miss Vern and our cribbage games. Hope to see you soon.

Jim & Jody Steinebach
   Posted Wed August 12, 2015
We know Vern was thought very highly of by everyone, our love and prayers are with you right now in this time of loss.

Nancy Chandler
   Posted Fri August 14, 2015
Audrey and family - my deepest condolences on Vern's death. He was indeed a special person and will be missed by many. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I will always remember him fondly when thinking about the "old neighborhood" and seeing him daily at Super Save Market. Scott, Kevin and Beth join me in regards to the whole family.


Nancy Chandler

Donna and Jerry Mitchell
   Posted Mon August 17, 2015
Dear Audrey and family, we were very sad to see that Vern passed away. He was allways a joy to be around. It was so nice that he and Audrey would drive to hamilton to get their hair done for the last twenty years allways enjoyed his sence of humor and by the way he talked during our conversations, he seemed so proud of all the kids and grand kids. Your family will be in out thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Donna and Jerry mitchell

Tellers At Farmers State Bank
   Posted Tue September 15, 2015
We here at farmers all loved Vern! He was such a joy every time he came in with his whistling, and his humming. We are all very saddened to hear of your loss and want to send out condolences. Vern was a great man and will be truly missed here at Farmers State Bank.

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