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Vernon Edward Morgenstern


Vernon Edward Morgenstern, 89, Russell, died Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Deseret Heath Care, Kensington.

He was born June 12, 1924, in Barton County to Edward and Minnie (Boxberger) Morgenstern. He was a 1942 graduate of Russell High School.

He married Mary Lou Keener on July 17, 1948. He had a long career in aviation and was a contract Pipeline Pilot for 53 years and flew for numerous oil and gas pipeline companies, including Kaw and Jayhawk Pipeline. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, of Russell; two sons, Michael, Lone Tree, Colo., and Todd, Ellinwood; and three grandchildren.

Cremation has been selected by the family, and a private memorial service will take place at a later date.

The register book will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, Russell. Memorials are suggested to Russell County EMS or the Russell City Fire Department, in care of the mortuary.