Lav­ern Pyles Jr.

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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.

To send con­do­lences to the fam­ily, please visit the fu­neral home web­site be­low.

Shelly Fu­neral Home, War­ring­ton

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