Vern was born in Nampa, Idaho on Sept. 14, 1951 to Dayton and Evelyn Raff. He was the youngest of five children.
After graduation from Nampa High School, he enlisted in the Army National Guard and began working for the railroad as a “carman” where he honed his welding skills. After many years with the railroad he also worked as a plumber, in the logging industry, as well as other jobs; each job giving him more skills that he perfected.
In the spring of 2000 Vern began working for Darrold Rupe at G&D Machine. His first job was to help rebuild a log carriage. When finished it was a work of art. He was then asked to stay on to learn to be a machinist. That certainly had its challenges for both teacher and pupil. Each being a perfectionist it took some time before the working relationship was like a well-oiled machine. Vern loved being a machinist and working with Darrold.
Vern’s ability to see how things worked and find creative ways to fix things was remarkable. Anyone who he did machine work for knew of his amazing skills. It didn’t end there though. No matter what the situation he would find the best solution. He was truly gifted.
Vern loved to fish. He had an adventurous spirit and was always ready for a road trip or going to see something new. He had a way of making everything fun. He loved spending time with his family and friends.
Vern dedicated his life to the Lord Dec. 4, 2015. He delved into the scriptures with great enthusiasm, walking three feet off the ground and was always asking questions. He loved the Lord and shared that love of the Gospel whenever he could. He went to be with Jesus Oct. 3, 2018.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Dayle, son Christopher, nephew Quinn, and grandsons Colton and Aidan.
Vern is dearly loved and missed by the friends and family he leaves behind: his wife Donna; children Michelle, Jennifer, Nathan, Shiela and David; grandchildren Angel, Kaylin, Austin, Brooklyn, Nathan, Nicholas, Sadie, Angela, Michael, Jacobie, Taytum, Madelin, Cohen; one great-grandson Presley; brothers Terry and Stephen; sister Daylene; and numerous nieces and nephews who fondly called him “Uncle Vern.”
Rest in peace my sweet love.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Christ’s Church, located at 1115 Idaho Street in Kamiah.