2010-02-11 / Obituaries

Richard Vernagus

Richard Hart “Ric” Vernagus, 58, of Pickford, was a Pickford business owner for many years. Mr. Vernagus died Sunday, January 31, 2010, at his home.

He was born January 13, 1952, in Howell.

Mr. Vernagus’ family moved to Pickford when he was six years old. While growing up, he helped his father at Ted's Country Store. He was graduated from Pickford High School in 1970.

He worked in the Lower Peninsula and then at the limestone quarry in Cedarville for seven years before purchasing his father's store and operating it for many years. For the past several years, he worked for Sadler-Rodenroth Motors in Sault Ste. Marie.

He was a man of strong faith, who attended several area churches and Christian men's groups regularly.

Mr. Vernagus was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting with friends in Menominee County. He also enjoyed gardening.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Edith (nee Hart) and William Celestino of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; one brother and his family, Theodore Herbert and Carmen Vernagus of Mesa, Arizona; two stepbrothers and their families, Ted and Billie Olmstead of Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Alan Jay and Donna Olmstead of Greenville, South Carolina; two stepsisters and their families, Lorrie Skinner and Jay Smith of Grand Ledge and Sherry Skinner of Lansing; a special aunt, Leota Williams, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Theodore Vernagus, and his stepmother, Donna Vernagus.

Services were Monday, February 8, at 11 a.m. at Reamer Galer Funeral Home in Pickford. Friends gathered at the funeral home at 10 a.m.

Inurnment will be in Oaklawn Chapel Gardens in Bruce Township.

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