Vernon Thomas Satterly Jr., beloved father, grandfather and friend passed away at the age of 84 on Friday, August 9, 2013, in Galveston Texas. Vernon, also known to friends as ‘Skeets’, was born in Galveston, Texas, on June 22, 1929 to the late Vernon and Emily Satterly. Vernon will always be remembered for his selfless devotion to family, unwavering faith, loyal friendship and service to community. He attended Sacred Heart Elementary, Kirwin High School and the University of Houston. Vernon served in the US Navy from 1950 to 1954 , achieving the rank of Printer Third Class, and was stationed aboard the USS HAMUL (AD-20), homeported in Long Beach, CA and Yokosuka, Japan. Vernon was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, and United Nations Service Medal. He enjoyed fellowship and service through active involvement in the Knights of Columbus, Holy Family Men’s Club, Serra Club, and Holy Family Catholic School. In 2008, Vernon was recognized as a Mercy Park Humanitarian Yellow Rose.
Vern began working in the family newspaper business at a young age, embarking on a lifelong career as a printer, first employed by American Printing Co. and later the Galveston Daily News. In his spare time, Vern enjoyed fishing, playing cards, meeting daily with friends to enjoy coffee and numerous volunteer service opportunities.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anita “Nini” Satterly, and brother, Ronald Satterly. He is survived by his four children, Thomas A. Satterly and wife Lauren of Bishop, GA; Eric P. Satterly of Galveston, TX; daughter Mariana R.S. Stephens and husband Robert of Atlanta, GA; and Melencio C. Perdiz of Angie, LA.; and four grandchildren, Mariana and Thomas Satterly, and Noah and Zoe Stephens.
Vernon’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Tuesday, August 13th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary will begin at 6:30 pm, led by Knights of Columbus #787.
Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Wednesday, August 14th, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson.
Pallbearers will be members of the Knights of Columbus #787. Honorary pallbearers will be the Kirwin High School Class of 1946.
Vernon was well attended in health over the years by Dr. Dorothy Merritt, Dr. Chau Vu, and Dr. Gerard Abreo, and his family wishes to thank them very much.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Captain Anita P. Satterly Nursing Scholarship at UTMB, Galveston, TX, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.