Vernon Miles McAllister
Vernon Miles McAllister
  • September 18, 1925 - January 5, 2017
  • Texas

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Vernon Miles McAllister, 91 passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017. He leaves his wife of 68 years, Thelma (McDonald) McAllister; son, Steven McAllister (deceased); daughter, Susan (McAllister) Kasper; son, Scott McAllister; eight grandchildren; three great grandchildren.

Born in Bolckow, Missouri, son of Charles and Bonnie (Hopper) McAllister. Vernon joined the U.S. Navy on June 29, 1944 during World War II and was honorably discharged, as a Yeoman Second Class on June 11, 1946. He met his wife, Thelma McDonald in 1946, while home on leave during his time in the Navy. It was love at first sight. They were married on August 29, 1948, at the Christian Church in Rosendale, Missouri on the hottest day of the year.

After serving in the Navy, he attended Washington University, in St. Louis, graduating in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in accounting. In his early years, Vernon worked for A.S. Aloe, as an accountant, and later for the St. Louis Zoo as Deputy Director of Finance until he retired in December 1989 to travel the United States with Thelma.

Vernon loved to play golf. When he was still working, every Saturday morning he and a neighbor would go play golf. He and Thelma lived on a golf course in Florissant, Missouri for 35 years until moving to Fort Worth, Texas in 1999 to live close to Scott and his family. During retirement Vernon and Thelma would go play golf as much as possible. Thelma didn't play golf, but she rode along in the cart and helped Vernon with his game.

Vernon had a passion for wildlife art and even opened their own store called Fur and Feathers while living in Florissant, Missouri. He also loved collecting Hummel figurines and Waterford crystal. His other passion was woodworking and building furniture. He had a full woodworking "shop" and made furniture for his grandkids. Family was very important to Vernon and his family will miss him very much.

Arrangements under the direction of Shannon Rufe Snow Drive Funeral Chapel, Fort Worth, TX.