Laverne J. Billinger

October 13, 1935May 10, 2020

LaVerne Joseph Billinger was born in 1935 in St. Peter, Kansas, to Joseph & Catherine Knoll Billinger. He grew up in Garden City, Kansas, with his eleven siblings. He attended Colorado State, Kansas State and Murray State universities - where he found the love of his life, Carolyn Ann Holmes. He was a gifted baseball player - winning two Ohio Valley Conference championships and setting an NCAA record that has been tied, but never broken. Aside from his athletic talents, he was a passionate and dedicated educator. He served as the principal of Schaffner, Kennedy and Lowe Elementary Schools for over 30 years. He loved all of his students so much; he remembered every single child’s name and greatly enjoyed greeting them every morning. He retired in 1990, spending the rest of his years golfing, traveling, reading German books to keep up his German skills and happily attending all of his granddaughters’ activities. He moved to sunny Siesta Key, Florida, full time in 2017. Through it all, he kept his wonderful sense of humor and incredible knack for storytelling. He passed away peacefully on May 10th with his loving wife & two children, Tara and Blake, by his side. He lives on in the memories of his wife of 60 years, his older sister, BJ Price, his beloved children & his four granddaughters, Evann Lane and Carlen Ann Dickerson, and Tara Marie and Heather Ann Billinger. He will be missed immensely and remembered lovingly by all who knew him.

A private burial will take place in Resthaven Memorial Park.


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May 26, 2020


Rhonda Spielbuehler

May 17, 2020

Dear Aunt Carolyn, Tara and Blake,
Wishing you all courage, strength and love to help you through this loss, Uncle La Verne will stay ageless in the memories of all of us that loved him. His jokes and stories made everyone laugh out loud and he lit up the room! He will always be cherished in our hearts.
Please know that y'all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Sincerest condolences,

Andrea Rose

May 17, 2020

Dear Carolyn, Tara and Blake,
I am so very sorry to learn from my daughter Stephanie about Vern's passing. You and your family were a very important part of our lives on Aylesbury Drive in Louisville. Vern was just the greatest guy and I'm even more sorry to learn that you two were living on Siesta Key for two years since I live in Bradenton just North of you. We will be in Kentucky quite a bit this summer because Stephanie and family live in Lexington, and Kevin and family are in Louisville. Once this current madness is over I hope we can get together but will be so sorry not to see Vern. I'm sure Blake and Tara and your grandchildren are a big comfort. My deepest sympathy for your great loss. Andrea Rose


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