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Vernon Donald Haws, son of Frederick George Haws and Mary Ella Readshaw, was born January 24, 1918 at Kansas City, Kansas. Vernon died July 31, 2008 in Livingston, Texas, at the age of 90. He was united in marriage to Shirley Jean Swisher on April 15, 1939 in Kansas City, Kansas and to this union were born two children.

After completing high school, Vernon began his career in Kansas City as a clerk in the meat processing business. He moved to Belleville in 1942 and joined the local newspaper, the Belleville Telescope, as an Apprentice Floorman. He served in World War II, from December 1944 until September 1946. He was first stationed in the Philippine Islands and transferred to Yokohama, Japan with occupying forces in September 1945. Sergeant Haws returned to Belleville in September 1946 and rejoined the Telescope as a member of the mechanical staff. During his newspaper career he also worked as the Shop Foreman of Hebron and Fairbury newspapers and returned to the Telescope in 1965 as the Chief Machinist and linotype operator. In 1975, he opened the Print Shop on M Street in Belleville and provided commercial printing to North Central Kansas and South Central Nebraska until opening Vernon’s Appliance store on 19th Street in 1995.

Vernon was an active member with his wife of the Central Christian Church in Belleville. He was also a member of the Masonic Order, and a Boy Scout Troop Leader. He enjoyed fishing, boating and camping. He spent his last few years in Livingston, Texas enjoying the warm weather and his RV lifestyle.

According to Art Ziebell, a friend in Livingston, Vernon was independent and full of surprises. Vernon suddenly decided to move on July 23, 2008. After hooking up his boat to his motorhome, he forgot to disconnect the external propane tank, the TV cable, and the phone line. Vernon ended up dragging the propane tank past the people in a park pool, which nearly scared everyone to death. The Sheriff reported that Vernon was on his way from Livingston to Belleville in order to be with his wife. Unfortunately, Vernon didn’t make it and died in his sleep a few days later. Six years after cremation his ashes will finally be placed next to his beloved wife Shirley, thereby fulfilling his longing to be next to her in eternal rest.
Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, wife, a baby brother, and younger brother Elmer G. Haws. His son Eric Haws passed away in 2013 at age 72. He is survived by Eric’s wife Gail of West Fir, Oregon, daughter Lonnie Beth Forrester of Clyde, Kansas, and granddaughters Lisa Haws of Alpine, California and Maria Haws of Hilo, Hawaii. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 AM Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Belleville Cemetery with inurnment immediately following, with Pastor Mark Imel, officiating. Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belle


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