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Wallace  Vernon  Grogan
     Wallace Vernon “Vern” Grogan, 80, of Moorefield, passed away Feb. 10 in Moorefield. He was born in Hugoton, Kan. Jan. 4, 1933 to Wallace and Bertha (Brollier) Grogan.
     Vern attended school in Hugoton. He worked in oil fields in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, North Dakota and California before entering the US Army, where he served in Korea.
     Vern met Darlene Vyonne Olson and they were married on Oct. 2, 1955 in Stanley, N.D. The couple moved to North Platte where Vern worked as a mechanic at Joe Dye Ford. He then hired on the Union Pacific Railroad as a machinist''s helper in the diesel shop; he retired in 1998.
     Vern enjoyed raising cattle and sheep. He loved his garage where he was always making or fixing things.
     Together he and Darlene enjoyed traveling the back roads of America.
     Vern is survived by his wife of Moorefield; son Ken (Bonnie) Grogan of Moorefield; five grandchildren Michael (Grace) Grogan of Grottoes, Va., Raymond Wallace Grogan of Virginia, Adina Vyonne (Jeremy) Puryear of Gothenburg, Charlott (Jesse) Hazen of North Platte, Kabrina Irene Grogan of Gothenburg; six great grandchildren Kaitlyn Grogan, Montana Grogan, Jesika Curry, Jayden Grogan-Puryear, Jesse Hazen Jr., Ashlyn Puryear; sister Mabel Lorraine Zimmerman of Burger, Texas; brothers Richard Leon “Lee”(Carole) Grogan of Hugoton, Kan., Beryl Dean Grogan of Ft. Collins, Colo.; sister-in-law, Sue Grogan of Lakeland, Colo.; and numerous other family members and friends.
     Vern was preceded in death by his parents.
     A memorial has been established to the American Heart Association. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Feb. 15 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Eighmy officiating. Burial will follow at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 2/13/2013
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