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Vernon Leo Lopez Jr.

August 13, 1977 ~ June 25, 2017 (age 39)

Vernon Leo Lopez Jr.
August 13, 1977
June 25, 2017

Vernon Leo Lopez Jr., "Brother", Okan Waste, passed away June 25th 2017 in Escondido, California.

Vernon was born on August 13, 1977 in Dallas, Texas, to Vernon Lopez Sr. and Vonna La Pointe Lopez.  Vernon was their second child born out of six children.  Vernon enjoyed his childhood in Winner, South Dakota, getting involved in everything from Boy Scouts to pitching hard ball in the leagues.  He earned the nick name "Smoke" from his baseball comrades for his excellent pitching skill.  He also had a nickname "Brother" from his older sister, which he carried for life as everyone called him "Brother".  Vernon made many close friends and relatives in life who said he was a brother to them.  Growing up Vernon always worked to help his family and acquire his vehicles he loved to work on as his father taught him mechanics.  Vernon graduated from Winner High School and was the youngest in his class at the age of 17 years.  He moved to California shortly after and has resided on the Santa Ysabel Reservation, where he is a tribal member.  Vernon returned home to South Dakota at times and participated in his traditional ceremonies.  He was a Sun Dancer and Singer.  Vernon was employed last by the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel as Water Master.  He took care of their water system with his great math skills and great pride.  Vernon was a single parent to his two beautiful children.  He loved them with all his heart and would do anything for them.  He and his children were waiting for a new home.  He was so excited and grateful for their home which he witnessed the preparations for arrival, days before his passing.  The new home brought such joy and happiness to him.

In the days before his passing he received so much love by his family and friends through prayers and concern.  When he passed away so many shared such beautiful memories and loving words about him.  He was a humble man and a loving father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend, loved and respected by all.  He will be greatly missed.

Vernon is survived by his son, Vernon Leo Lopez III and his daughter Karlee Sage Lopez; mother, Vonna Lopez; two brothers, Carlos and Lance Lopez; three sisters, Verna, Dawn and Willow Lopez; and his nieces, nephews, Godparents Ron and Virginia Christman, and so many relatives and friends.

There will be a visitation on Friday evening, June 30th from 5pm-8pm at Bonham Bros. & Stewart Mortuary Chapel in Ramona.  He will be laid to rest the following week with traditional services at the Ideal Holy Spirit Cemetery in Ideal, South Dakota.

Much Love to you Vernon Leo "Brother" Lopez.

Much Love:

Bonham Bros. & Stewart Mortuary and Cremation Service is assisting the family.

 Service Information

June 30, 2017

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Bonham Bros. & Stewart Mortuary
321 12th St
Ramona, CA 92065

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