Vernon House

Charles Vernon House “Vern” age 82 of Sparr, Michigan passed away on January 3, 2019 at his home in Sparr.
Vern was born May 6, 1936 to Ira and Mary (Davis) House. He was married to Maryetta Jeanne (Duff) for 60 wonderful years. He graduated from Gaylord High School and served in the United States Navy as a Communications Electrician. Upon his honorable discharge he went back to work at Standard Products, where he worked as a press operator, millwright, and machine repairman for 43 years.
During his retirement years he and his wife took a dream trip to Alaska. He loved woodworking which resulted in numerous beautiful pieces of furniture and carvings. He had the creative ability to take something ordinary and turn it into a beautiful piece of art. Along with the woodworking he enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his entire family.
Vern is survived by his wife Maryetta Jeanne (Duff) and his 4 children; Kiel (Becky) House, Terry (Diane) House, Janet (Marcus) Kwapis and Julie (Earl) Kwapis and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Vern was preceeded in death by his parents, Ira and Mary, and son, Robert Ira; sisters, Blanche Montgomery, Irene Siefert, Lucille Boughner, Lillian (Peewee) Wilks and brother, Augustus (Gus/Fuzzy).
Services to be held at Nelson Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 with visitation from 10:00 am – Noon with service immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution or donation to Hospice of Michigan or First Congregational Church of Gaylord, 218 W 2nd Street, Gaylord, MI 49735.


  1. Carl Knouse January 4, 2019 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    We are very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with the House family. God bless you all.

  2. Douglaso Wilks January 5, 2019 at 10:16 am - Reply

    It is with my deepest feeling of loss for the family that I remember; My friend, brother, fishing and hunting partner, bear chasing,, horse riding bear. May you enjoy meeting grand parents, mom, dad, and all those sisters,who are probly waiting to to give you a big hug. Younger brother waiting for the two of you to take a horse back ride. May you be at peace.
    Love your brother. Doug

  3. Carrie Cook January 5, 2019 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Loved Vern and the whole family !! Thoughts and prayers for all of you 💚

  4. Linda Simcek January 5, 2019 at 11:49 am - Reply

    So sorry for your loss! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers!

  5. Susan Edwards January 5, 2019 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    My deepest sympathies for your loss. I will miss not seeing him and his teasing me. He was a wonderful person and will be missed by the whole community as well as his family. I will not be able to attend Tuesday because of previous obligations to my family but will be thinking of the family through this most difficult time.

  6. Faith Dakers January 5, 2019 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    I’ll always remember Vern in many positive ways-with a big smile and a great sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time❤️

  7. Rev. Susan Webeler January 5, 2019 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    My condolences Maryetta and your whole family. I remember so many good times with Vern and the family! Thoughts and prayers are with you! Much love to you all.

  8. Jean Boughner Yonkers January 6, 2019 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. I have lots of childhood memories of the Sparr gang. Our prayers are with you.

  9. Kayd stoker January 6, 2019 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Our prayers and thoughts are with everyone,

  10. Louis Rybicki January 6, 2019 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Maryetta and family, Bonnie and I extend our condolences to you all. Vernon will be missed by everyone who knew him. May he rest in eternal peace.

  11. Bonny (Kirt) Downing January 7, 2019 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Dear Maryetta and family,
    My deepest sympathies for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers! You and Vernon hold a place in my heart and childhood memories of growing up in Sparr on the “Ranch”.

  12. Ken and Shary Boughner January 7, 2019 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    so sorry to hear about Vern. Ken reminises about the Sparr Gang often and all the fun they had. Prayers for your family..

  13. Ken and Shary Boughner January 7, 2019 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear of Verns passing. Prayers for all the family.

  14. Sandra B January 8, 2019 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    To the family
    I was sorry to read of your loss. Death is difficult to endure regardless of our age, however we can find comfort from God’s word.

  15. James Kilgore January 9, 2019 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Terry, Diane, Mom and family,
    Sorry for your loss. Papa Vern will be missed by our entire family. The last 10 years at the lake have been great and Papa Vern has been a big part of that. I’ll throw out an extra minnow trap at the end of the dock this spring.

    Love you guys,
    Kilgore Family

  16. Stacy Guthrie January 18, 2019 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Mrs. House and family,
    Please know the boys and I have you all in our thoughts, hearts, and prayers during this sad time. I always looked for Mr. Houses huge smile and deep laugh. He will be greatly missed by all, much love to you all.
    Stacy(Guthrie) and the boys.

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