Vernon (Vern) H. Abbott of Buena Vista passed away suddenly on March 16, 2018.

Vern was born Nov. 11, 1940, in Milford, Del. to Edward and Winona (Miller) Abbott. He married Janet Elliott, his partner of 55 years, on June 16, 1962.

Vern started his CPA career in Chicago, Ill. and moved to El Paso, Texas in 1972. He moved his family to Colorado Springs in 1973. He worked in private practice until his complete retirement in 2006. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Colorado Springs.

Vern and his wife, Jan, have lived in Buena Vista since 2003. He loved to play cards, especially bridge, fish, hunt, tennis, travel and golf. Vern and Jan spent time travelling the U.S. in a camper to see family, friends and visit national parks.

He loved his children and grandchildren and visited them as often as possible. Vern loved his canine friends. He was an active member of Trout Unlimited, the Optimist Club and regularly attended ClearView Community Church. He was a supporter of Habitat for Humanity, Young Life and the backpack ministry.

Vern was preceded in death by his parents, thousands of pike, walleye and bass and hundreds of ducks.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jan of Buena Vista; son Rev. Tom (Deb) Abbott of Salt Lake City, Utah; daughter Sherri (Brent) Stoltzfus of Colorado Springs; sister Judith Abbott of Dover, Del.; grandchildren Samuel (Melissa) Abbott of Spokane, Wash., Nicole (Paul) Warner of Boise, Idaho, Hanna (Craig) Bingham of Lost County Earth; Drew (Kiana-fiancé) Stoltzfus of Denver; cousins Earl (Carol) Abbott, Dot Abbott and Kathy (Walt) Becker, and their children of Dover.

Memorial Service will be held March 31 at 10:30 a.m. at ClearView Community Church in Buena Vista. Friends and family who choose to honor Vern may make memorial contributions to ClearView Community Church of Buena Vista (general fund), Cottonwood Presbyterian Church of Murray Utah (general fund), or Young Life, Arkansas Valley (general fund).