Vern Crawford Kingsley was born in Portland Oregon, on October 15, 1931, to Vern Senior and Lena (Lee) MacDonald Kingsley.
He grew up in Portland, attended Washington High School where he met his future wife, Marjorie Alyce Emmerton. He graduated from Franklin High School and attended Van Port College before enlisting in the Air Force, serving 4 years which included 18 months on a tour in Japan. He married Marjorie Emmerton on March 18, 1951. (They celebrated their 65th anniversary just prior to Marjorie’s death on May 13, 2016.) Vern went back to college after completing his tour of duty. He was employed with Volkswagen of America where he spent his career. He and Margie lived in Sacramento, Oakland, Concord, and Fremont, California before retiring and moving to Tidewater, Oregon where they lived for 10 years. His final years were spent in Salem, Oregon.
He was an avid golfer. He collected antiques concentrating on military memorabilia and miniature British soldiers and weapons.
Vern was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Emmerton Kingsley; his parents; and half-brother Keith.
Vern is survived by his sisters-in-law Linda Howe of Albany and Norma Seay of Florence; niece Tamara VanRas and her husband, Scot VanRas; niece Deborah Beier; great niece Amelia Beier all of Albany; great niece Murae VanRas and great-great niece Amara of Lincoln City; niece Kim Bernard and her husband Dennis Bernard, nephew Mike Seay; great nephew Dylan Seay and great niece Desiree Seay.
Final resting place will be at Mt. Crest Abbey Mausoleum in Salem, Oregon. Arrangements are by City View Funeral Home.
At the request of the deceased there will be no services.