Vernon H. Buller ‘45, 88, died August 26, 2012, in Tahlequah, Okla. Vern was born June 6, 1924, to life on a farm in Orienta, Okla., and graduated from Oklahoma Bible Academy in 1942. The next year he taught first through eighth grades in a small rural school. His love for teaching then took him to Grace Bible Institute (now Grace University) in Omaha, Neb. He went on to graduate with a B.A. in English from Goshen College in 1950, continuing his education at Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Ind., earning his Master’s Degree in Theology.
During seminary, Vern served as the Director of Music at McCoy Baptist Church, Elkhart, Ind., from 1947 to 1953. He served as pastor of Mt. Olivet Mennonite Church in Huron, S.D., from 1954 to 1961. He went on to become the Director of Public Relations for Grace College of the Bible from 1961 to 1968, and continued with Grace as the Director of Development from 1968 to 1979. Vern moved to Dallas, Texas, in 1979 where he worked as Director for Capital Gifts (Institutional Division) for Resource Services, Inc. until retirement in 1990.
It was in high school that Vern made life’ most important decision. It was then through the ministry of a high school buddy that Vern accepted Christ as he personal Savior — a decision that gave new direction to his life.
At Grace Bible Institute, Vern met Lucille Geiger. They married in 1948 and were blessed with four children. Vern felt the richness of family, friends, and professional satisfaction throughout his life. Upon retirement, Vern and Lucille moved to Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Lucille passed away in 1992 after 44 year of marriage. In 1993 Vern married Roxy Tschetter and began his joyful years with her.
He leaves his wife of 19 years, Roxy (Tschetter) Buller, his son, Steven Buller and his wife Anitra; his daughter Sherril Day Hodo and her husband Lee; and his daughter Rhonda Kerns. He also leaves behind five grandchildren, and one sister-in-law, Marilyn Buller. Vern is predeceased by his parents; first wife, Lucille Buller; his son, Ronald Buller, his brother and wife Herman and Ruth Buller and his brother Norman Buller.