Lawrence “Vernal” Marlett, beloved father, “Pappy” and friend, passed away peacefully at his home in Ponca City, on Sunday, July 2, 2017, at the age of 76.
He was born on March 22, 1941, in Larned, Kan., the son of Lawrence “Mick” and Alma Maxine Marlett. Throughout his lifetime, Vernal lived in Kansas, Oregon and Missouri until retirement. He finally settled in Ponca City, to be closer to his family and his life-long childhood friend, Dale Randall.
He enjoyed several careers including working in the Martlette Mobile Home Factory in Oregon, managing the A&W Restaurant in Great Bend, Kan., working as owner/operator of Marlett Dairy Distribution in Ulysses, Kan. and finally retiring from Mike Hagen Electric in Kansas City, Mo. He pursued many hobbies including flying, motorcycle riding, golfing, watching western movies, telling amazing stories and watching his great-grandsons play sports.
Vernal was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Raymond Dean Marlett and his grandson, Cody Wayne Bryant.
Survivors include one sister, Karen Hall, of Larned, Kan.; two daughters, Kimmie Bright, of Ponca City and Sandy (Douglas) Bauer, of Smithville, Mo.; two grandchildren, Laci (Jeramy) Head, of Ponca City and Rook Bauer, of Smithville, Mo; and two great-grandsons, Braydn and Rowan Head, of Ponca City.
Memorials may be sent to Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, Inc., 1904 N Union, Suite 103, Ponca City, OK 74601.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, at Browns Grove Cemetery in Burdett, Kan. Following the ceremony, friends and family are welcome to share a meal and stories at J.A. Haas Building in Larned, Kan.