Vernon Selde

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May 26, 1924 - Aug. 16, 2010


Vernon Selde, 86, longtime Walla Walla resident, died at home on
Aug. 6, 2010.

Vernon was born May 26, 1924, in Davenport, Wash., to Henry (Frank) and Anna Hahner Selde. He graduated from Davenport High School and completed degrees in engineering at Washington State College and the University of Kansas.

Vernon served in the Navy as a refrigeration engineer on the USS Bunker Hill aircraft carrier during World War II. He worked as irrigation engineer at the Colville Indian Reservation, where he met Betty Jane Sherman, a student cadet nurse at the Reservation Hospital. Vernon and Betty Jane were married at the Coulee Dam Community Church in June 1948. Over the years Vernon worked as a civil engineer on a number of projects: for the Bureau of Reclamation in Ephrata, Othello and Royal Government Camp, for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Alaska Office, located in Seattle, for the Minuteman Missile Project in Great Falls, Mont., in the Redstone Arsenal at Huntsville, Ala., and in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' office in Walla Walla. He also worked on the construction of the oil pipeline in Alaska and the building of St. Mary Hospital. Vernon had many hobbies, including fishing, gardening, rock hunting and photography.

Vernon is survived by his wife, Betty Jane; four children, Peter, Cynthia, Lynda and William; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his two sisters, Lois and Yvonne.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family would prefer donations be made to the Walla Walla Community Hospice.

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