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Vernan Arthur Fauver
March 25, 1928 ~ June 17, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old
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Vernon Fauver, 95, of Midland, passed away Saturday June 17, 2023 at his residence. He was born in Hammond, Indiana on March 25, 1928, the son of the late Gale Vernon and Charlotte (Guss) Fauver. Upon graduating from Hammond High School in 1946, Vern joined the United States Navy and served in Galveston, Texas as an aeronautics instructor until his discharge in 1948.
Vern attended Purdue University 1948-1953, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering. He worked briefly for Eastman Kodak. In 1954, he and his wife, the former Dorothy Ruth Faulstich, moved to Midland. Vern worked for the Michigan Division of Dow Chemical in chemical, process, and environmental engineering, retiring in 1996 after 42 years. He then served as an analyst for the state’s Retired Engineer Technical Assistance Program, helping Michigan companies lower their pollution emissions. He was a member of the American Chemical Society for 71 years.
Along with his wife Dorothy, Vern was instrumental in starting the Midland United Church of Christ in 1958, where he sang in the choir and served on many committees for decades. He was also involved with the creation of Midland’s Chippewa Nature Center, where he also served in many capacities, including President of the board. Vern and Dorothy were involved with the civil rights movement, Midland’s People to People club, and the local chapter of the Audubon Society. Vern was an avid birder and a life-long photographer.
Vern was a loving father, father-in-law, and grandfather. He was very proud of his children’s and grandchildren’s educational and extra-curricular successes, especially having a son-in-law and grandson who also went/go to Purdue.
Vern is survived by his daughter, Gayle Fauver Pamerleau, son in law, Bill Pamerleau, grandchildren, Ian and Claire Pamerleau, and daughter in law, Inanna Fauver. In addition to his parents and wife Dorothy of 61 years, Vern was preceded in death by his son John V. Fauver, also a Navy veteran.
A celebration of Vern’s life will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, 2023 at the United Church of Christ, 4100 Chestnut Hill Drive Midland, with the Rev. Roger Pancost officiating. Family will receive guests at the church on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Chippewa Nature Center or Midland United Church of Christ.
Arrangements are under the care of Wilson Miller Funeral Home.