Vernon Buck Workman

Vernon Buck Workman
Vernon Buck Workman

Buck was born February 26th, 1927 in Republican City, Nebraska to Steve A. and Nina Leota (Mount) Workman.

He was raised with an older brother Chuck, young-er brother Frank and younger sisters Anna Laura and Nina Maye.

United States Navy
United States Navy

Buck attended school in Nebraska until age ten; in 1937 the family made a journey from Nebraska to Tonasket, Wash. Buck continued his education in Tonasket where he graduated from the eighth grade and began high school, but, at the age of 17 he chose to serve his country and enlisted with the United States Navy. In November of 1944 he left port at San Diego, Calif. on a carrier ship, the USS Kula Gulf as a radioman. He earned a World War Two Victory Medal, an American Area Medal and an Asiatic-Pacific Area Medal. Buck was honorably discharged on July 19, 1946 at Boston, Mass. with $230.42 as separation pay. Being a frugal man, he and a couple of buddies hitchhiked back home. After receiving his High School diploma at Tonasket, Buck went to telegrapher school in Kansas City, MO. and worked for the Great Northern Railroad which later became Burlington Northern; retiring after 40 plus years of service.

On Dec. 26,1952 Buck married Joy Burbery of Loomis, Wash. They began their life together in Okanogan, Wash. and also lived briefly in Gold Bar, Wilson Creek and Tonasket. In the fall of 1962 they bought a home in Okanogan where they worked and raised their son and daughter.

In his younger years, Buck enjoyed hunting, trap shooting, and pitching horseshoes. He has many trophies and awards to show for his effort. He bowled in leagues until the age of 87 and enjoyed playing cards. Buck is also a retired member of the Okanogan Volunteer Fire Department. He served as secretary/treasurer, as well as fighting fire.

Buck and Joy were an inseparable team. They loved to dance; they had their own great style and were often asked to teach others. Buck bought a motorcycle and he and Joy took several trips together with friends. They were members of the Tonasket Eagles and joined the local Good Sam RV group enjoying many campouts as well as trips to Hawaii, Alaska, Nevada, Florida, Arizona, Missouri and a special trip by rail to Halifax in Ontario, Canada to name a few. Buck and Joy loved spending time with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren whom all called him “Papa.”

The sudden loss of Joy in July 2014 brought deep sorrow for Buck, his life forever changed. She had been the love of his life for over 61 years. He was totally heartbroken and never recovered from that loss. Buck passed on July 14, 2016 at the age of 89. Preceding him in death besides Joy, were his father Steve (1981); mother Nina (1994); Both of his sisters, Anna Laura Fenison (1976) and Nina Maye Bradley (1977) and grandson, Justin Workman (2014).

To Celebrate his life, Buck leaves his daughter Rene’ Hinderer (Rob) of LaCrosse, Wash.; his son Buck Workman (Pat) of Okanogan; grandsons Wesley Hinderer, Wyatt Hinderer; and Jeff Workman (Alaura); five Great Grand children including Lainey and Carley Workman, Chloe Knapp; and Emma and Carter Workman and their mother Lea.

Buck also leaves both of his brothers: Chuck Workman (Marie) of Lewiston, ID and Frank Workman of Pullman, Wash.; one sister-in-law, Mary Burbery of Oroville, Calif.; two of his wife’s brothers, Chuck Burbery (Dicki) and Lloyd Burbery (Barb) both of Tonasket, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews on both sides of the family.

Services will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Precht-Harrison-Nearents Funeral Chapel located at 2547 Elmway St., Okanogan, Wash. with Chris Warren officiating. Fellow Okanogan Firemen will escort Buck for his final call to the fire hall. Internment will follow at the Okanogan Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery; A dinner will follow at the Eagles Lodge at 1820 2nd Ave in Okanogan.

The family suggests memorials be made in Buck’s honor to either the United States Armed Forces Legacy project located in Tonasket – USAFL c/o US Bank, PO Box 854, Tonasket, WA 98855/or the Okanogan Volunteer Fire Department at P.O. Box 956 Okanogan, WA 98840.

Precht-Harrison-Nearents in charge of arrangements.