Vernon R. Read, 79 of Atwater, died Monday, May 8, 2023 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in New London.
Vernon Richard Read was born on October 10, 1943 in Morgan, the son of William and Ella (Tiedje) Read. He grew up in Redwood Falls and graduated from Redwood Falls High School. He entered the US Army on September 21, 1967, where he served his country in the Vietnam War and received a purple heart. He was honorably discharged on October 2, 1968, returned home and was united in marriage to Marion Wolle. This union was blessed with two daughters. They later divorced. Vernon worked many years for the Sleepy Eye Hospital and later at Jackpot Junction as a dealer.
Vernon is survived by his daughters, Joyce Read of Mankato and Jan Read of Abbottsford, WI; grandchildren, Shane Read, Justin Bakke and Cody Deschler and sister, Joan Martel. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and former wife, Marion.
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