SAVANNA—Vernon Popkin, 95, of Savanna, passed away Friday, Sept, 4, 2020, at Allure of Mount Carroll Nursing Home. Family and friends are invited to share in Vern's life at lawjonesfuneralhome.com.
Vernon was born Feb. 15, 1925, in Morrison, the son of John and Louise (Rosenow) Popkin. After graduating from Morrison High School, he got a job at a factory as a general molder where he built the molds used for production. He then went on to purchase land in Mount Carroll where he farmed for a number of years.
On Dec. 23, 1960, Vernon married Bernice Butt in Lanark. Together they raised four children and remained by each other’s side for almost 60 years.
Ultimately he found his passion, owning and operating Sun Valley Cab for 49 years, finally retiring in 2015. Vern loved driving that cab! He cared about people and genuinely enjoyed talking with them on their trips.
When Vern wasn't working, he had quite the affinity for athletics. In his younger years, he was a local boxing champion and he was one of the biggest baseball fans you ever knew, playing and watching whenever he had an opportunity. He loved watching his Cubs, but his greatest love for sports came when watching his kids, and later grandkids, play and compete.
Vernon also had a musical side to him. He played the mandolin, harmonica and banjo. In fact, he and Bernice would play together, regularly performing at church and at Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna.
Vern will be dearly missed by his beloved wife, Bernice; children, Dottie Breitbach of Savanna, Karl (Nicole) Popkin of Savanna, and Vinnie (Wendy) Popkin of Savanna; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Arnie Popkin of Morrison; a sister, Nancy McCallister of Rock Falls; as well as many extended family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Louise; son, Roger Butt; son-in-law, Steve Breitbach; three brothers, Raymond Popkin, John Popkin and Alvin Popkin; and a sister, Betty Harriage.