Vernon Russell Baldry was born on Nov. 18, 1939, and joined Winnie and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Aug. 6, 2023. He was surrounded by his loving children in prayer at the time of his death.
Vern married Winnie on Sept. 3, 1960, in Peerless, Mont. They have three children, Terry (Theresa), Todd (Evelynn) and Theresa (Jeff).
Vern has 12 grandchildren, Shawn (Lizzie), Nathan (Shonna), Craig (Kamrie), Isacc, Erika, Garrett, Sydney (Brian), Jordan (Jeremy), Stephanie, Skylar (Reed), Tyler (Emily) and Trent; and 13 great-grandchildren, Kellen, Elliot, Max, Kurdt, Aidan, Abbey, Kaison, Karsyn, Everlee, Emmett, Eloise, Lucca and Hudson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Lillian; and siblings, Arlie, Rodney, Helen, Alvin “Buck,” Chester “Chetty” and Betty “Tootsie.”
His surviving siblings are Doreen “Maggie,” Joanne, Shirley, Geri, Orville “Ike” and Brother Bede.
Vern worked at various farms and ranches in Peerless and Richland in his teens. He worked at the Ford garage in Wolf Point, then McCone County Road Department and retired from the Department of Transportation for the State of Montana.
After retirement, Vern became a go-getter. He would take Winnie to work and then go get her. He would use all his sick time and vacation time all year. He shuttled cars for the Ford garage with Winnie.
Everyone knew Vern by his signature striped bib overalls and his shiny white beautiful Ford pickups.
There should be a book of “Vernisms” because he always had the wit and humor