Posted: May 10th, 2022


On May 6, 2022, Vern peacefully passed away.

Vern will be lovingly missed by his wife, Lorraine of 61 years; children, Pam, Kerry (Sharon), Angie (Mark); his grandchildren, Caitlin (Lucas), Bryton, Kelsea (Brad), Shelby, Erin, Courtney and Sharon’s sons, Joel (Melissa), Jacob (Chantal) and Luke; and great granddaughter, Ryan.

He is also survived by sister, Darlene and family; Aunt Ruth and many other relatives and close friends.

Vern was predeceased by his parents, Ray & Melita Makus; son, Malcolm; and son-in-law, Peter.

Vern learned to play accordion from an early age and continued to play through his whole life. He loved to play the accordion for others to enjoy and in his later years he could be found at various senior homes playing his accordion.

Vern was raised in the Golden Prairie area and loved nothing more than to visit his hometown, which included some of the old homesteads and McLaren Lake.

Vern had a lifelong appreciation of nature. As a young boy, Vern could be found exploring the prairies, climbing trees and collecting birds’ eggs. He loved to feed the birds and rescued many animals over the years. His granddaughters remember him catching and releasing even the smallest of creatures. Vern and Lorraine spent many hours riding their motorcycle. During their retirement, they enjoyed wintering in Arizona. They travelled many places in their lifetime together including Hawaii, South America, and Alaska to name a few.

Vern was very outgoing and social and loved to talk to anyone. He could make a connection by asking a few simple questions, he had a great memory and a gift to gab.

In 1976, Vern dedicated his life as one of Jehovah Witnesses; he faithfully shared his appreciation of scriptural teachings with others.

The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors at the Medicine Hat hospital for their care and professionalism of our loved one during his final days.

A Memorial service will be held on Saturday May 14, 2022 at 1:30 pm via ZOOM.

Zoom ID: 851 0689 0066 Password: 051422

Condolences may be made at Arrangements are made by

Grace Memorial Affordable Burial & Cremation

1924 10th Ave N.W.

Medicine Hat, Alberta T1C 1T5


2 Condolences for “VERNON “VERN” ELROY MAKUS”

  1. Bill Gergely says:

    Thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Many fond memories especially McLaren Lake – was a great human being.

  2. Bob and Melody Hazell says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the Makus family. Vern was a friendly and likable man. He will be missed.

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