Vern Rowland Libby, 91, of Walla Walla died Oct. 9, 2009, at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center, 1701 Plaza Way.
Visitation will be 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt Cremations and Funeral Services, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362. The memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Pastors Ed Gienger and Mickey Meyer will officiate. Burial will be private in Mount Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Camp MiVoden through the funeral home.
Mr. Libby was born June 25, 1918, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, to Ralph A. and Myrtle Rowland Libby. He graduated from Yakima Valley Academy in 1938. On Oct. 5, 1941, he and Lorene Qualley married in Naches, Wash. He served as a medic in the U.S. Army during World War II in Australia. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology from Walla Walla University in 1951.
An elementary school teacher, he taught in various Seventh-day Adventist church schools in Oregon and Washington for 29 years, missing only one day of school due to illness. He served as caretaker of Camp MiVoden on Hayden Lake in Idaho for one year. Called back to teaching in a start-up church school in Ellensburg in 1976, he was there until retirement. The Libbys moved to Walla Walla in 2003, and he had been a member of the Walla Walla City Seventh-day Adventist Church.
He is survived by his wife at the home; a daughter, Verdene Libby-Meyer of Indian Valley, Idaho; two sons, Ralph Libby of Burlington, Wash., and Wayne Libby of Palm Springs, Calif.; a sister, Ruth Libby Gowing of Everson, Wash.; two brothers, Kenneth Rowland of Sedro Woolley, Wash., and Dale Libby of Hanford, Calif.; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.