Obituary of Vernon Lee Hegler
Vernon Lee Hegler, age 54, of Plainfield, IL and formerly of El Paso, TX, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at his home in Plainfield, surrounded by his loving family. He was born February 25, 1965 in Anchorage, AK, to the union of Gary Lee and late Margaret Ann (nee Frasure) Hegler. A U.S. Army Veteran, he proudly served his country receiving numerous medals and decorations throughout his career, ultimately retiring in 2010 as a 1st Sergeant. Following his military career, he worked as a project manager for Bank of America.
Vernon is survived by his beloved wife of 33 years, Sandra (nee Monteros) Hegler; his father, Gary Hegler of Houston, TX; daughters, Jennifer (Chris) Coyle, Victoria (fiancé Danny Sheldon) and Meagan (Steve) Nelson all of Spokane, WA; sons, Ryan (Jessica) Hegler of Colorado Springs, CO and Austin Hegler of Plainfield; grandchildren, Kaylene, Gianna, Elizabeth, Jude and Jonah, Justin, Kiera, Brandon, Norah and Corbin; two sisters, Cassandra (John) Qualls of New Market, TN and Katrina (David) Krone of Houston, TX; and brother, Dale (Melissa) Hegler of Schertz, TX. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Ann Hegler.
Vernon was an avid fan of the Chicago Blackhawks and all Texas sports teams, especially the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers. He loved fly fishing and was a true craftsman who enjoyed creating custom furniture for family and friends. Vernon was passionate about his garden; he took great pride in his yard. Although he cherished his hobbies, nothing made him happier than spending time with his grandchildren.
As it was Vernon’s request, cremation rites have been accorded and a family memorial gathering is being planned for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the Wounded Warriors Project in his name.
Fred C. Dames Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For more information, please call 815-741-5500 or visit his Memorial Tribute at www.fredcdames.com
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