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Vernon J. Monkman

December 9, 1935 November 1, 2019
Vernon J. Monkman
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Obituary for Vernon J. Monkman

Vernon J. Monkman, age 83 passed away on November 1st, 2019 at MediLodge Nursing Home in Milford, MI of natural causes.
Vern was born December 9th, 1935 to Frank and Agnes Monkman in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. He was a graduate of Sault Ste. Marie High School and attended Lawrence Tech. He joined the Michigan National Guard in November of 1958, served for over 5 years in the Army Corps of Engineers and was honorably discharged. Vern married Patricia Smith of Sudbury, Ontario Canada in 1959 and moved their growing family to the Detroit area in 1962, working as a Civil Engineering Technician and Estimator for a number of concrete and soil testing organizations, with a 4-year stint in the Chicagoland area, before returning to the Detroit suburbs in 1985.
Vern was known for his sense of humor, his work ethic and integrity, being regarded as one of leading concrete experts in quality, estimation and site problem-solving. Notable large projects he worked on include the I-96 Jeffries and Lodge expressways, the Detroit Renaissance Center, and the Joe Louis Arena. Vern retired from Six-S Paving in 2007.
Vern was proceeded in death by his eldest son, Michael Monkman. He is survived by his ex-wife Patricia Hanadel (nee Smith) and their four children Robert Monkman (Christina), Linda Monkman, Neil Monkman (Stella), Timothy Monkman, grandchildren Cale, Maddie, Patrick and Sean, Ethan, Leona, Shirley, Stacey, Sarah, Amanda, Becky, Rachel, as well as fifteen great grandchildren.
Visitation and funeral services will be held at the Phillips Funeral Home at 122 W. Lake St., South Lyon, MI 48178 on the 10th of November, 2019. Visitation will be held from 9am to 11am with immediate funeral services and military honors starting at 11am. Vernon will be buried at 1pm on November 12th, 2019 at Oaklawn Chapel Gardens, 15264 S. M-129, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783.


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Visitation

Sunday

10

Nov

9:00 AM 11/10/2019 9:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 11/10/2019 11:00:00 AM
Phillips Funeral Home

122 West Lake Street (Ten Mile Road)
South Lyon, MI 48178

Phillips Funeral Home
122 West Lake Street (Ten Mile Road) South Lyon 48178 MI
United States

Funeral Ceremony

Sunday

10

Nov

11:00 AM 11/10/2019 11:00:00 AM
Phillips Funeral Home

122 West Lake Street (Ten Mile Road)
South Lyon, MI 48178

Phillips Funeral Home
122 West Lake Street (Ten Mile Road) South Lyon 48178 MI
United States

Graveside

Tuesday

12

Nov

1:00 PM 11/12/2019 1:00:00 PM
Oaklawn Chapel Gardens

15264 M-129
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Oaklawn Chapel Gardens
15264 M-129 Sault Ste. Marie 49783 MI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Oaklawn Chapel Gardens Final Resting Place

15264 M-129
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

15264 M-129 Sault Ste. Marie 49783 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

American Cancer Society

P.O. Box 22718
Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718
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