Life Story / Obituary
Verl E Musselman, age 96, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at his residence with his family by his side. He was born in Kansas City, MO, August 19, 1924, son of the late Harry E. Musselman and Tena Blanch Gates.
Verl proudly entered the U.S. Navy on August 27, 1942 when he was barely 18 years old and served on the U.S.S. LCI 336 landing craft, the U.S.S. George Clymer, the U.S.S. Yorktown, the U.S.S. Essex, and the U.S.S. Hancock. He was honorably discharged on August 25, 1948 as a Commissaryman First Class. He saw action in many battles of the Pacific, receiving the Asiatic Pacific Three Stars, the American Area, the Good Conduct, and the World War II Victory Medals. In his later years, his treasured Yorktown hat became a fixture on his head.
December of 1944 Verl met the love of his life, Anna Ruth Edwards at a roller rink in Kansas City, MO. After a short courtship they were married April 7, 1945. They enjoyed an adventuresome marriage of 67 years before her passing in 2012.
One of the thrills of his later life was to be escorted by his daughter, Jana on the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight in 2011. He enjoyed fishing, had an amazing green thumb, loved working in his wood shop and inventing ways to make life easier. Throughout his life, Verl built several homes that the family lived in before being sold and moving on to the next “project”. Verl was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and great great grandfather who will be dearly missed.
Surviving are his two daughters, Pat (Jerral) Brasher of Loveland, CO, Jana (Steve) McLaughlin of Mt. Pleasant; grandchildren, Christi (Joe Crapo), Tom (Lindsay) Predmore, Lori (Cody) Anderson, Wes (Jennifer) Brasher, Beth (Chris) Burman; 16 great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren. Also surviving is one brother Bill (MiSook) Musselman of Newbury, CA. In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by his daughter Judy Predmore, one sister and 3 brothers.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no funeral service at this time, but when it is safe there will be a celebration of Verl’s life with internment of ashes at the National Cemetery in Ft. Scott, Kansas along side his loving wife Ruth. Full military honors will be held at that time.
The family suggests memorial donations to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin.
the thing about Verlie
By Dr. Leslie McClain
The thing about Verlie
he was his own drummer,
marching to what called him.
Moving to the rhythm of his being.
Ever tossing up a crystal goblet.*
Plants, gardens, greenhouses, bakery,
Enjoying the dance-without a spotlight.
Simply, doing what needed to be done.
Integrity, grit, and samaya.**
The Real Deal. Verlie
*a new idea/project