David Vernon was born in Winterset, Iowa, on Sept. 4, 1957, and attended school in Winterset. He worked on a ranch and farmed in Union County. David became certified as an EMT as well as earning an Associate of Arts Degree at SWCC in Creston, Iowa. David traveled repairing temperature control systems for grain elevators then began his career with the DeBruce grain, which is now Gavilon Grain in Creston. He was the operations team coordinator for Gavilon.
On Sept. 2, 1977, David was united in marriage with Diane Webb in Maryville, Mo. They raised two children on a farm in Lincoln Township, Monte Siddens of Tecumseh, Neb., and Melinda Siddens-Foland of Afton. The family enjoyed fishing and camping.
David was Melinda’s best friend and shared in all her joys as well as her sorrows. She graduated from Creston High School in 1998. Melinda was a film processor for Wellman Dynamics in Creston; she was given the title of State Certified Radiographer, and worked at Wellman’s for six years. She also met her husband, Eric J. Foland, there and on May 3, 2008, the couple was united in marriage in Union County where the couple raised the two boys. They are members of Jerusalem United Methodist Church in rural Creston. Melinda’s oldest son, Trevor, attended East Union School and Mount Ayr High School. Daniel David attends East Union High School as a sophomore this fall.
Monte G. Siddens attended Creston High School beginning in the fall of 1994. He was a member of the Creston FFA and excelled at wrestling till 1996 when Monte became Class President. He enjoys art and shares his parents love of animals. He trains service dogs for a living as well as other trades his father taught him. Currently Monte resides in Tecumseh, Neb.
Left to honor David’s memory are his wife and children; grandsons, Trevor Lee Henry (Kaitlinn Davis) of Mount Ayr, Iowa, and Daniel David Giles of Afton, Iowa; brothers, Gary Dudney of Lorimor, Dave Dudney of Lorimor, and Don Siddens of Creston; sisters, Shirlee Kilpatrick of Lorimor, Sharon Ambrose of Kent, Caroline DeBord of Macksburg, and Karen Decker of Lorimor; and many nieces and nephews.