Mount Vernon Memorial Park & Mortuary

8201 Greenback Ln, Fair Oaks, CA



September 18, 1918February 25, 2011

FARNUM, Vernon A. Born September 10, 1918 in Minnesota passed away peacefully at his home on February 25, 2011 in North Highlands, California. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hans and Elvie Christiansen, and his loving wife, Evelyne T. Farnum. He is survived by his daughter Kathryn and husband Dale Misczynski, grandson Michael and wife Alexandra Misczynski, great-grandsons Miles and Henry Misczynski and sisters Carla Sherrill, Penny Kirkpatrick, Chuckie LaFrenz, and Judy Wood. Funeral arrangements are being held at Mt. Vernon Memorial Park, 8201 Greenback Lane, Fair Oaks, CA on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 12:00 PM


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 2, 2011



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Barbara J. Walters

April 23, 2011

I remember fondly visiting Vern regularly when I was employed with Visiting Angels. He was one of my favorite clients - such a gentleman. He will be truly missed - Kathy I will keep you and yours in my prayers.

Patty Betlach Russell

March 10, 2011

My dearest Vern, I am so sad..I just now found out that you left us. I didn't even have a chance to say good-bye. Thank you for all the life stories that you shared with me. I have them printed and will cherish them forever. Thank you too, for the many hugs and kisses you sent me via e-mail. I shall treasure those in my heart and everytime I look at my bumble bee with her wings spinning in the wind, I will think of you and what a beautiful person you were. I will miss you always...Your "Minne-soda" girl, Patty
- Patty Betlach Russell
Added: Mar. 10, 2011

Steve Castle

March 7, 2011

I had the honor of meeting Vernon while visiting my brother Pat Castle who was stationed close to where Vernon lived. Vernon gave me a statue of the "Madonna and child" that he made himself. He also put a message inside to be read upon his death. That statue has held a positon of honor in my home ever since and will continue to until I make it home with Vernon. God blessings on Vernon and all his family. "Rejoice in hope, be patient under trial, persevere in prayer." Romans 12:12

Patrick Castle

March 5, 2011

I thank God for our time with cousin Vernon ("Andy") while stationed at McClellan AFB in Sacramento (1996-1997). Vernon is a first cousin with my Grandma Castle. I had been meaning to stop by his home for months. When the base was dismissed early on Good Friday, I decided it was time. Our friendship led us to RCIA (baptism/confirmation), a faith journey that brought us both closer to God. During Lent Fridays, I went to Vernon's home for tuna sandwiches. He gave me sound advice on how to have a happy marriage. I pray that Vernon is reunited with his dear Evelyn. Vernon gave us a "Madonna and Child" statue that he poured/glazed, with a note inside to be read after he passed: "Presented with love to Mr. and Mrs. Patrick and Angi Castle, April 12th 1996. I wish you a long and happy life." Hope to see you on the other side Andy. Let's pray for each other. In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen. With love, Pat and Angi

Kathy Castle

March 2, 2011

Dear Kathy and family, You have our deepest sympathy. What a sweet kind man your father was. I was privileged to attend his Baptism and met you at that time. After that Vernon kept in contact by email, and also visited us in Sioux Falls. We had a wonderful visit with him at that time. He emailed a rose from his garden one winter when I was complaining about the long winter in SD! I'll never forget that beautiful rose he sent me. It said a lot about Vernon. I was blessed to know him. Joe loved the stories he would tell about his parents. Our deepest sympathy Kathy to you and your family. He will be missed. Kathy and Joe Castle

Catherine M. Castle Ph.D

March 2, 2011

Dear Family of Vernon Farnum:
Today at Noon, I celebrated Vernons Life as a Veteran, Friend, and cousin. He was my special friend for 37 years. He brought so much joy and enrichment into my life with his stories of my family. He shall be deeply missed by me, in particulary, our closeness this past year when he was so ill. "I have carved you in the palms of my hands, I shall never forget you." He shall be remebered on April 8,9,and 10th at our Welcome Home Warrior Retreat for our Soldiers and families. He will be given special recognition for his support of me as a Veteran and being a WWII Veteran. One of stories will be read.
Thank you for dear friend for your loving and caring for me all fo these years. May God rest your soul and bless you.