Obituary Notices and Memorials


In Memory VERNON W. HITCHCOCK Nov. 1, 1921 ~ Jan. 27, 2005 Bitter Sweet Goodbye By Georgia Hitchcock We have gathered together to pay our respect to a man whom we all love so much. And throughout his life, all the people he knew, their hearts and their lives were touched. It's so hard for us to move on and let go, though we know he's at peace and at rest. So, I wish to remember some snap shots of him that I know we all love the best. On his ranch, which he loved so dearly, you could so often find him there; feeding his lambs, tending his orchard, or on his tractor with the wind ruffling his hair. Many a night he did not go home straight from work, but he was not out on a date. He was sitting at his desk playing solitaire on the computer until it got really late. There is no way to forget one of his many passions; that would, of course, be for food; especially at big family get togethers, for which he was always in the mood. The lingering scent of cigars and tobacco was not hard to find whenever he was near. We will always remember his twinkling blue eyes and dimpled red cheeks with each falling tear. Many times he would go up into the mountains to camp, hunt, or fish in the lakes. And let us not forget his many barbecues, with hamburgers, hotdogs, and steaks. Saturday mornings we knew where to find him, in a place where he spent so much time; in his office on Division with all his best buddies, who were sure to make his smile shine. A Missouri boy starting a business in California was something many may not have guessed. But the true source of his happiness was his family, where he achieved his greatest success. His journey on this earth has now come to an end, but we will never forget him. Instead, in our hearts, we feel his love and smile back at his mischievous grin.

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