Vern E. "Buster" Shanley, 87, died Sunday, September 16, 2012 at the Smith County Long Term Care in Smith Center, KS. He was born November 10, 1924 in Harlan, Kansas.
Vern was the youngest of eight children born to Earnest and Grace (Swank) Shanley, of which two sisters survive, Edna Dillon of Osborne, Kansas and Fern Fude (his twin sister) of Ypsilanti, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, two sisters and a son.
Vern left home at the age of 17 to join the United States Army. (1941-1945) He qualified for SS Rifle Combat Infantry Badge and fought battles in Naples, Foggia, Rome, Arno, Tunisia and French Morocco. He was wounded in action on April 8, 1943 in Tunisia. He was awarded a Purple Heart, Distinguished Unit Badge, Good Conduct Medal and three Overseas Service Ribbons with four Bronze Battle Stars. He left the Army as a Staff Sergeant.
After discharge in 1945, Vern worked as a carpenter in Michigan and later moved back to Kansas, where he spent the next 40 years driving a truck.
In September of 1944, Vern married Shirley Mae Davis in Brandon, Wisconsin. To this union seven children were born: Maurice (Pat) Shanley of Omaha, NE, Melvin (Terry) Shanley of San Antonio, TX, Londa (Bill) Ryman of Kansas City, MO, Linda (Lyle) Morgan of Smith Center, KS, Lorita (Jerry) Nichols of Salina, KS, Merlin Shanley (deceased) and Lois Allen of San Antonio, TX.
Vern is survived by his wife of the home, 6 children, 13 grandchildren; Gretchen Hall, Melissa Bender, Jenny Hughes, Joni Callaway, Michael Shanley, Cristen Ryman, Danny Ryman, Julie Kuhlmann, Jina Kugler, Shane Nichols, Nicole Nichols, Aaron Allen and Tasia Allen and 16 great grandchildren.
Celebration of life graveside services will be held on Saturday November 10, 2012 in the Gaylord Cemetery with Pastor Jim Karg officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Gaylord Cemetery, Gaylord, KS. Military honors will be provided by Ft. Riley Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be given to Smith County Long Term Care and can be sent in care of the mortuary.
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