Laverne was born Oct. 1, 1932, in Nampa to Amil and Libbie Rosa Janoushek. Vern was known to the family as Sonny.
The family moved to Boulder Creek, Calif., where Sonny spent some of his earlier years living on the Johnson Ranch. He worked at the Santa Cruz Sawmill. The family moved to Oregon for a short time, back to Nampa and then to Mountain Home in 1953. Sonny moved to Cobalt, Idaho, to work in the mines in the late 1950s, moving back to Mountain Home where he worked for the city, OK Tires and then with Cal Gas, selling appliances and doing propane work. He went to work for Sawtooth Lumber Company and worked on the planer. He was very proud of the 25 years he worked at the sawmill.
In his retirement years, he enjoyed fishing, gardening, making canes and walking sticks, and spending time in the mountains.
He was famous with his family and friends for making some of the best jellies, caramel corn, fudge, jerky and salami. What treats we all got to enjoy!
Sonny is survived by his son, David, and his wife, Song, of Mountain Home, daughter Lisa of Illinois, and son Dan of Boise; sisters Doris and her husband, Ken Felton, and Sharon and her husband, Gary Fletcher, of Mountain Home; brother Eugene of Springfield, Ore.; and close friends Dean, Loree, Jordan and December Marley. He is survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by son Douglas, parents Amil and Libbie and older brother Leonard.
Per his request, no services will be held. A family gathering will be held this summer at Baumgartner Campground in Sonnyıs memory. Arrangements were handled by Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.
The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Long Term Care Unit for the care and kindness they showed to our dad/brother during his stay there.
Their compassion shown to the family during his last days will always be remembered!