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Vernon Wesley Greenlaw:  Farmer, Logger, Saw Mill Worker, Outdoorsman, Navy Trainee. 

Vernon Greenlaw - November 1941

Photograph courtesy of Evelyn Hanson

January  2, 1915 - December 2, 1941
Vernon ( Bud ) Wesley Greenlaw was the second son of Loren and Anna Greenlaw.  He was born in Spanaway, Washington.  He grew up on the family farm and learned the logging and saw mill businesses at an early age.  He loved sports and played on his high school football team.

On December 2, 1941, Vernon died in a logging truck accident while on his way to a "going way" party.  Vernon had joined the Navy and was scheduled to leave for training on December 7, 1941.

Vernon is buried in Sumner cemetery.
 

Vernon W. Greenlaw Headstone - Photo courtesy of Melody Hanson

The following Obituary/Death Notice was published in the Tacoma News Tribune on December 4, 1941 [Tacoma Public Library: Greenlaw, Vernon Wesley 02-Dec-1941  4 DEC 1941 A-29]

"SET RITES FOR VICTIM LATER
Funeral services for Vernon Wesley Greenlaw, 27, victim of an automobile accident Tuesday on the highway near the Roy cutoff, will be announced by C. C. Mellinger later.  He was a logger, Tacoma born, and lived at Rt. 1, Box 264, Spanaway.  He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Loren T. Greenlaw of Spanaway; brother, Alfred L. of home; sisters Mrs. Alfred B. Hanson and Mrs. Philip B. Caulfield of Puyallup, and Mrs. James Neilson of Roy; four nephews in Puyallup, and his grandmother, Mrs. Christine McCarty of Tacoma."

 

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