HASTINGS, MI - Vern (Stub) Allerding, age 89, of Hastings, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on November 26, 2019.
Vern was born on February 28, 1930, the son of Vern and Wilda (Poulson) Allerding. He was a 1947 graduate of Hastings High School.
Vern was a hard worker all his life. He began working at the Sunoco Gas Station in Hastings after high school. On November 3, 1951, Vern married Doris Parker of Sault. St. Marie,. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and then worked for E.W. Bliss, but spent most of his career working at the Viking Corporation, retiring in 1992. He was a member of the American Legion Post 45 of Hastings and Grace Lutheran Church.
Vern enjoyed spending time with his family, woodworking, home remodeling, ice fishing, deer hunting, and his vegetable garden. He enjoyed helping his wife, Doris, with her hobby by making porcelain doll furniture and doll cases. Vern (Stub) was a well-known fast pitch pitcher in the area in the 1950s and 60s. In 2003, Stub was inducted into the Michigan Amateur Softball Association (MASA) Hall of Fame. After his playing days, he and Doris enjoyed watching their sons and grandchildren play the sport he loved.
Vern was preceded in death by his parents Vern C. and Wilda Mae (Poulson) Allerding, and his sisters, Betty (Orville) Harding, Margaret (Duane) Wilkes, and Joan (Henry) Boehmer.
Vern was a loving, dedicated, loyal husband, father, and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, Doris, of 68 years; his sons Larry J. Allerding of Hastings; Bryan Lee (Paula) Allerding of Hastings; grandchildren, Tyler J. Allerding of Tampa, FL, Erin (Zachariah) Leary of Hastings, Katie (Richard) Grove of Sunfield, Abbie (Drew) Plemmons of Okemos; great-granddaughters, Emmerson Leary of Hastings, Isabella Grove and Grace Grove of Sunfield; great-grandsons, Liam Leary and Calvin Plemmons; siblings, Duane (Marie) Allerding of Hastings, Terri (John) Catt of Lake Odessa, Kevin (Cheryl) Allerding of Hastings, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, Dec. 1, from 5-7 p.m. at Girrbach Funeral Home, 328 S. Broadway; Hastings, MI 49058 with services at Grace Lutheran Church, 239 E. North Street, Hastings, MI 49058 on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019; second visitation from 10-11 a.m., funeral at 11 a.m., with luncheon immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, Elara Caring Homecare & Hospice, 6120 Stadium Dr. #100, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 or the American Legion Post 45, 2160 M-37, Hastings, MI 49058.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home, to leave an online condolence, visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.com.