Our Staff

With professionalism and compassion, our staff guides families through the difficult decisions they need to make. We’re here to help families create a meaningful, respectful celebration of their loved one’s unique life. This is our privilege and calling.

As we care for the families we serve, we care for our local communities. We’re your neighbors—involved in local schools, churches, civic groups, volunteer fire departments and other organizations.

David Vernon

Owner, Funeral Director, Embalmer

Dave was born in Liverpool, England and moved to the United States at a young age. He was raised in Enon, Ohio. Dave is a 1985 graduate from Greenon High school, a 1987 graduate of Wright State University with an associated degree in Applied Sciences, and a 1988 graduate from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science with a bachelors in Mortuary Science. Dave has been around the funeral profession since he was 15 years old when he began washing cars for his hometown funeral home. Dave and his family first moved to Champaign County in 1999 when he became the manager of the funeral home in Urbana and West Liberty. Dave has been married to his wife of 27 years, Tammy (Cisco) Vernon, together they have two children Victoria and Colin

  • Dave’s Community Involvement
  • David serves as a board of director for Perpetual Federal Savings Bank
  • President of Champaign County Board of Health
  • Board Member of Maple Grove Cemetery
  • Board Member the Champaign Memorial Foundation
  • Mason of the Fraternal order of the Masons
  • Servers on several Civic organizations within the community
  • A former Volunteer Fireman of the Mechanicsburg Fire Department

Tammy Vernon

Owner, Funeral Director, Embalmer

Tammy was born in Lima, Ohio. She spent her adolescence years growing up in her father’s funeral home, Cisco Funeral Home, in Saint Paris, Ohio and attended Graham Elementary school. As Tammy started middle school, the Cisco funeral home relocated to Celina where she would spend her teenage years. Tammy is a 1986 graduate of Celina High school. She started her colligate career at The Ohio State University, then moved onto Mortuary school to become a 1988 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science with a Bachelors of Mortuary Science. The funeral profession has been always been a part of Tammy’s life as long as she can remember. providing her with a lifelong knowledge of helping people through the toughest times of their lives.

Her passion has become helping people through the toughest times in their lives through family support.

Tammy’s Community Involvement

  • Sponsor and head of the Champaign County Fair Queen Contest
  • Active Member of the Urbana Rotary Club
  • Active in American Cancer Society & Breast Cancer awareness as a 17 year survivor
  • A former board member of the Champaign County Camber of Commerce
  • A former board member of the Champaign County YMCA

Colin Vernon

Apprentice Funeral Director & Embalmer

Colin is a lifelong resident of Champaign County and grew up living in the funeral home. He began school at Graham Elementary and later moved to Mechanicsburg when his parents purchased Skillman, McDonald & Vernon Funeral Home in Mechanicsburg and Freshwater, McDonald & Vernon Funeral Home in North Lewisburg. He has participated in the Champaign County Fair through 4-H and FFA and enjoyed playing sports throughout his youth and high school years.
Colin graduated from Mechanicsburg High School in 2013. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Pre-Law from Ohio University in 2017 and an associates degree of Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2018.

Colin is third generation funeral director, embalmer, and graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, following a family tradition. He is the grandson to Robert Cisco, the former owner of Baker-Cisco Funeral Home in St. Paris (1973-1980) and recently retired from Cisco Funeral Home, Celina and St. Mary’s, Ohio; nephew to Rob Cisco, owner of Cisco Funeral Home, Celina and St. Mary’s, Ohio; Son to Dave and Tammy Vernon, Owners of Vernon Family Vernon Homes.

Sherry Stocksdale

Pre-Planning Specialist & Insurance Agent

Sherry Stocksdale, born and raised in Urbana, Ohio, a 1963 graduate of West Liberty Salem High School, a 1982 graduate of Sharkeys Career School. Sherry worked for Champaign National Bank for 13 year’s and worked for Stocksdale Insurance for 20 years. Sherry is a members of Kingscreek Baptist Church. Sherry and her husband Greg have been married for 18 years together they have 6 children, Jeramiah Stocksdale, Josh Mayse, Brooke Johnston, Brittany Wood, Travis Mayse, Karei Waterman; and 7 grand children.

Mark Nail

Funeral Director & Embalmer

Mark E. Nail, born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, is a graduate of Northeastern High School. A 1978 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Mark is a member of the Hillside Avenue Church of God for the past 48 years, Urbana Rotary Club for the past 25 years, Wright Patterson Rod & Gun Club for the past 50 years. Mark has been with his wife Rita (Cotter) of 48 years. Together they have 2 children, Staci Nail, Jason Nail; and 4 grandchildren.

Rosanne Cantrell

Office Manager

Rosanne Cantrell, a lifelong resident of Champaign County, born in Rosedale, Ohio, a 1968 graduate of Mechanicsburg High School. Rosanne worked as an executive assistant for the past 50 years, she spent 14 years with Bath & Body works at their corporate office and 4 years with Victoria Secret at their corporate office. She is a member of the Myrtle Tree Baptist Church, Caroline Chapter and Eastern Star Mechanicsburg.

Kathy Jackson

Secretary

Kathy Jackson was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio. She moved to North Lewisburg in 1986 to work at Honda, where she would retire from 28 years later. Kathy has been with Vernon Funeral Homes since 2003, she is a 1974 graduate Springfield North High School. Kathy has one son Jeremy and one daughter-in-law Megan, together they have two children Chloe and Cole.

Pastor Chris Livingston

Apprentice Funeral Director

Chris Livingston, born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, is a 1984 graduate of Kenton Ridge High School. A 1989 graduate of Wright State University and a 2004 graduate of Dayton Bible College. After college Chris began working for Speedway Super America for 12 years before returning to school to become a pastor; Chris is currently the pastor at Renewed Strength Church / Life Net Christian Church. Chris is a member of the WCOVA Umpire association. Chris and his wife Tina have been married for 27 years, together they have to children, David Livingston and Brooke Martinez; and two grand children Alexia and Harper Martinez. Chris is looking forward to continue to serve the families of Champaign County, while meeting new friends and growing closer to old friends.

Jim Shaloo

Associate

Jim Shaloo, born and raised in Champaign County, Ohio, is a 1960 graduate of Urbana High School. Jim spent 43 years in the family business. He took over as owner of Shaloo’s Cleaners before retiring in 2000. He has been with Vernon Funeral Homes since 2005. Jim and his wife, Doris, were married in 1964. Together they have 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren. Jim and Doris enjoy golfing, biking, and spending time with the grandchildren.

Bill Westfall

Associate

Bill Westfall, born and raised in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, is a 1959 graduate of Mechanicsburg High School. Bill retired from Navistar in 2000 after 38 years of service. He has been with Vernon Funeral Homes since 2003 and has been a lifelong member of Mechanicsburg Church of Our Savior. Bill and his wife, Susie, were married in 1962. They have 2 sons, Bill (Robin) and Jon (Michelle) Westfall; and 4 grandchildren, Logan, Kara, Caleb, and Gwen Westfall.

Gary Edwards

Associate

Gary Edwards, born and raised in Urbana and a 1965 graduate of Urbana High School, currently is a resident of Cable, Ohio. He spent 24 working for Dracket, then 5 years working for Lowes. Gary proudly served his country in the United States Army in Vietnam from 1966-1968. He joined Vernon Funeral Homes in 2007. Gary and his wife, Libby have been married for 39 years, Together they have two children, Tory and Zak. He is a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and enjoys working around the house and working at the funeral home.

Richard Graves

Associate

Richard “Dick” Graves, born in Alliance, Ohio, moved to Champaign County in 1948. Is a 1959 graduate of Triad High School. Dick retired from Southwestern City Schools after 21 years of service, is a member of the Church Of Christ in Christian Union, In Urbana. Dick and his wife Donna have been married for 24 years, they have 6 children, LuAnn, Lori, Jeff, Shawn, Nicole and Brandy. Together they have 14 grandkids and 11 great grandkids. In his free time Dick loves to travel, Hike, fish and mainly spend time with his family.

Phil McMahill

Associate

Phillip McMahill was born in Irving, Texas and was raised in Mechanicsburg, Ohio. He is a graduate of Mechanicsburg High School and OPOTCA. Phil has worked as a law enforcement officer and a firefighter for 20 years. He has been with Vernon Funeral Homes since 2009. Phil and his wife, Robin, have three children, Jim, Tim and David. He is a member of the Mechanicsburg Fire and EMS and the Ohio DARE Officers Association. Phil enjoys golfing, 4-H, firefighting, EMS and educating our youth.

Taylor Hamilton

Secretary

Taylor Hamilton, born in Marion Ohio and raised in Waldo Ohio. She is a 2014 graduate from Ohio Valley High school. A 2017 graduate from Ohio University where she earned her bachelors degree in Sociology. Taylor currently residents in Richwood Ohio where she lives with her 2 dogs and 3 cats. Taylor plans to attend mortuary school in the near future to fulfill her dream of becoming a funeral director.

Peggy Wilkins

Associate

Peggy Wilkins, born in Louisa, Kentucky, moved to Ohio at age 5. She is a graduate of Salem High School. Peggy worked for many years as a dental assistant before retiring from Grimes Aerospace/ Honeywell. She has been with Vernon Funeral Homes since 2005. Peggy is a member of the United Methodist Church, Delta Theta Tau Sorority, and the Eastern Star. She has two Sons; Randy Dale and Rodney Keith, along with 2 granddaughters; Lily Eva and Audrey Rose. Peggy enjoys reading, cooking, movies and dancing.

Peggy Shannon

Associate

Peggy Shannon, born and raised in Kentucky, moved to Ohio in the 1960’s and currently resides in Urbana. While still in Kentucky, she graduated from Harrodsburg High School. Peggy worked for Dracket for 19 years and was the executive director of the Caring Kitchen for over 12 years. She joined Vernon Funeral Home in 2006. Peggy has 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She is very active in the community, is a member of St. Paul’s Church and enjoys helping others.

Keith Pack

Associate

Keith Pack, born and raised in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, is a graduate of Mechanicsburg High School. He is a machinist and retired from Cooper Cameron. Keith has been with the funeral home since 2000 and is very active at the Woodstock Freewill Baptist Church. He and his wife, Nancy, have three children; David, Doug, and April. They also have three grandchildren. Keith enjoys church and being with people.

Brenda Wilson

Associate

Brenda C. Tabern Wilson has been with Vernon Funeral Home since 1998. She worked at Drackett Company for 26 years and retired from Champaign County MR/DD Lawnview Adult Workshop after 10 years. Brenda is a member of Wings Christian Fellowship and does private care and volunteers at Mercy McAuley Center. She loves teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, visiting other churches, helping people, doing for children and spending time with family and friends. Brenda also enjoys reading, writing poetry, visiting the sick and shut-ins and sending cards. She has two sons, Charles and Tobias; a granddaughter, Krystle and special great-nieces, Erica and Savannah.

Shirley Steinberger

Associate

Shirley Steinberger, born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, is a 1953 graduate of Enon High School. After completing nursing school, Shirley spent 30 years in pediatrics at Mercy Hospital. She has been with Vernon Funeral Homes for over 10 years. She is a member of Westville Methodist Church. Shirley has 3 children; Jessie Baker, Doug and Steve Zirkle. Shirley and her husband, John, have 9 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They enjoy traveling, eating out and spending time with family and friends.

John Steinberger

Associate

John Steinberger, born and raised in St. Paris, Ohio, is a 1952 graduate of Westville High School. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Agronomy. John worked as a farm manager consultant and was a Champaign County Commissioner. He also spent time as the head of Weights and Measures for the State of Ohio and was head of the Rural Development Partnership for the state. He has been with Vernon Funeral Homes for over 6 years. John is active in the Harmony Lodge Masons, the Champaign County Shrine Club, the St. Paris Lions Club and the Westville Methodist Church. He has 2 children; Joseph Steinberger and Jill Moore. John and his wife, Shirley, have 9 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They enjoy traveling, eating out and spending time with family and friends.

Pastor Mike Stewart

Associate

Mike Stewart was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He came to Urbana in January of 1977 to become the preacher at the First Christian Church. Mike joined the funeral home staff in 2015 in addition to his work with the church. Mike and his wife Sonia have one son, David, and three grandsons whom they regard as gifts from God. Mike enjoys working with everyone on the staff and hopes his service at the funeral home is some help and brings some comfort to the families we serve during one of the worst times of their lives.

Joshua Welty

Associate

Joshua T. Welty, Lifelong resident of Champaign County, born in Marysville, Ohio. A 2012 graduate of Triad High School. He attended Tolles career and technical center, Clark State Community College and Tiffin University. Josh is a past Champaign County Sheriff deputy where he served his community as a cadet, deputy and detective. He currently works as a Mechanicsburg fire & EMS, Northeast Champaign County Fire District, Agent W/State of Ohio and Champaign County corners office Investigator. He a member of Urbana Rotary Club, loyal order of the Moose lodge 1215, Harmony Lodge, VFW auxiliary 8451, Phi Theta Kappa, Epsilon Pi Tau, International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts.

Jackie Fornof

Bookkeeper

Jacqueline “Jackie” Fornof, Lifelong resident of Champaign County, born in Urbana, Ohio. A 1976 graduate of Mechanicsburg High School. She attended Columbus State Community College from 1992 – 1994 and Franklin University 1996 – 1997. She then worked for CT Communications in Urbana Ohio and NEX Transport in East Liberty Ohio. Jackie is a proud member of the F.O.E 3974. Jackie has been married to her husband C. Williams (Bill) for 6 years.

Wayne Maggart

Associate

Wayne Maggart was born and raised in Urbana, Ohio, is a 1974 graduate of Urbana High School. Wayne retired from Honda after 31 years of service. Wayne and his wife 43 years , together they have two kids, Amy and Andrew; and grandchildren.

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