Earl Vernon “Vern” Flatekval

June 29, 1922 – March 3, 2012

Earl Vernon “Vern” Flatekval passed away in Vernon, BC at 89 years of age. Vern will always be remembered by his daughter Carol McGrath (Neil Clarke) of Kamloops; grandchildren KC Claughton, Dale (Barb) Claughton, Trevor (Jeanann) McGrath, Aaron McGrath (Linda Code); great-grandchildren Tanya, Kris, Danielle, Michelle, Ali, and Emma; great-great-grandchildren Michael, Caleb, and Dehla-Marie. Vern will also be missed by his brothers-in-law Sam (Beryl) and Murray; sister-in-law Cookie and Marion; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, several friends and local community members. Vern was predeceased by his wife Laura, mother Berthine, father Eric, brother Ray, sisters-in-law Nina (George), Betty, and Margaret (George), brothers-in-law Charlie (Vi), Otis (Ida), Herb (Nellie), Warren (Patty), and George Green. Vern was born in Regina, SK, and started school in San Diego, CA. In 1929, the depression and drought hit and the family homesteaded 50 miles North of Grimshaw, AB. Vern’s mother became sick with multiple sclerosis in 1932, Vern moved to Armstrong to look after her, went to school, and worked to help the family. In 1942, Vern applied to join the Air Force, he wanted to be a pilot but was remustered to Air Crew – Tail Gunner during WWII. Vern worked as a carpenter, drove a mail route in Armstrong, car salesman, bus driver and janitor at Armstrong High School and then became an insurance salesman. Vern loved music, dancing, reading, and writing. He spent a lot of time gathering information on his experience being a tail gunner, Billy Miner and lead poisoning. Vernon enjoyed helping people. Interment at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 16, 2012 at the Armstrong / Spallumcheen Cemetery. Memorial Service to take place at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16, 2012 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 35 (2526 Pleasant Valley Blvd, Armstrong BC). Reverend Edward Roworth officiating. Reception to follow. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.MyAlternatives.ca.

Arrangements entrusted to


Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866

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