Lavern Pyles Jr.
as an engineering duty officer included ship repair training at the Philadelphia Navy vard, testing and acceptance of PT boats and landing craft in New Orleans and repair of battle- damaged ships in Pearl Harbor. Upon the war’s end he transferred to the Navy Civil Engineer Corps, which took him to faraway places such as Morocco, Antigua and the Philippines. He served his country as a naval officer until January 1967 and retired with the rank of commander.
After retirement from the Navy in Philadelphia, he initially worked as an engineering consultant. Later elected, and reelected twice, to the Pennsylvania State Legislature in 1974, he represented the 151st District for six years. He served the state in other positions as well, and retired in 1982.
Vern was very active in the development of young men through his many years of service with the Boy Scouts of America, the Upper Dublin Junior Athletic Association and the Abington vMCA. His other public services included volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels. He was also a key member of his church’s disaster relief team and traveled to Biloxi, Miss., to assist in recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina. Until recent years he was an avid golfer and maintained a lifelong interest in model railroading. He was a skilled home- handyman from his years with the Navy Seabee construction forces and had a strong interest in woodworking.
Unfortunately, he was predeceased by two wives, Evelyn Mae Vollmer, of Philadelphia, and Audrey Fosdick Rinde- Thorsen, of Syosset, N. v., and was preceded in death by his brother, LeRoy “Roy.” Vern will sadly be missed by his three children, Lani MacAniff, Troy and Randall “Randy;” as well as three stepchildren, Peer “Tony,” Mark and Beverly Rinde- Thorsen; four grandchildren; and his special and loving friend, Matilda “Teda” Paugh.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p. m. on Monday, July 1, in the chapel at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1000 W. Main St. ( Rte. 63 at 363), Lansdale, PA; the family will receive friends and relatives beginning at 1 p. m. Burial with full military honors will follow in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
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