Vernon Bailey Blumer, age 99, was born February 25, 1921 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to the late Clarence Blumer Sr. and Helen Van Buskirk Blumer. He passed away peacefully on May 13, 2020, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 78 years Catherine Sobles Blumer and his five children, Jerry Blumer (Kathy), Marty Blumer (Karen), Peggy Campione (Vic), Kathy Quivey (Richard) and Joann Hofmeister (Michael), fifteen grandchildren, and twenty-eight great grandchildren. He also leaves behind his sister, Nancy Schueler, as well as many extended family members. He was predeceased by his siblings, Ray Blumer, Clarence Blumer Jr., Margaret DiFabion, Marjorie Dewey, Terry Blumer, and a great grandson, Tommie Martin. Vernon was a graduate of the 1937 class of Jordan High School, where he met the love of his life, Catherine. Kate and Vernon were married in Elba, NY on July 10, 1941. In 1940, Vernon graduated from Powelson Institute of Syracuse and briefly found work in Batavia, NY. He then returned to Jordan where he continued a career in farming that now spans six generations of the Blumer family. Vernon established Ka-Vern Farms, officially retiring in 1985, but continuing to work the fields during busy times for many years. He kept the records and completed the bookwork until well past his ninetieth birthday. Vernon was active throughout his community, serving on the Weedsport School Board for seven years, Cato Town board for twelve years, Cayuga County Farm Bureau, and as director and vice president of the Farm Credit Association for nine years. Vernon also found time to enjoy life. He and Kate drove throughout the USA as well as taking several cruises, and flying to Hawaii, Alaska, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Weedsport for over sixty years, attended the Van Buskirk Family Reunion every year for over eighty-five years, and formed the Sunday Night Couples Bowling League in Weedsport. He spent twenty-three winters in Florida where he and Kate owned a home in Ponderosa Park. He loved playing cards, bowling, golfing, the local pitch and pinochle leagues, caring for his cat, Waldo, and spending time with his family. He lived his life with honesty, integrity and strong family values. The family would like to thank the New Beginnings devoted staff for their wonderful care. Due to Covid restrictions, a private service will be held for immediate family only. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The First United Methodist Church of Weedsport, Hospice Foundation of Central New York ( hospicecny.org/memorial-donation/ ), or Cayuga County Office for Aging Senior Nutrition Program (AKA Meals on Wheels). Please leave condolences for the family at whitechapelfh.com
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