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Vernon Hargrove - Year Entered 1957

Vernon Hargrove







Vernon Hargrove died February 11, 2020, at his home in Oregon.

Vernon entered Ambassador College, a liberal arts and theological school, in the fall of 1957. He was selected as a ministerial trainee in Chicago, Illinois, and later Phoenix, Arizona, in 1961. He was ordained as a minister in October 1962 and married in October 1962 to DeLee Hans who was attending the same school. They were married for 53 years at the time of her death in December 2015. They had two sons and five grandchildren. 

Vernon pastored 18 churches in 47 years in Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois. He retired for 18 months in 2009 and 2010, then returned to the full-time ministry in 2011. He retired again in 2015. He loved teaching the way of life as given in the Bible.


From Victor Kubik

Vernon Hargrove memorial

This last week we traveled to Eugene, Oregon, where I had been asked to conduct the memorial for long-standing elder Vern Hargrove. He served in 18 congregations throughout his career. I first met him almost 55 years ago in December 1965, when he came to Minneapolis, Minnesota, as a guest speaker to our congregation. We have interacted numerous times throughout his career, particularly in the last years when he served as pastor of the Columbus, Ohio, congregation. He was preceded in death by his wife, DeLee, who died on Dec. 10, 2015. Vernon was the last of nine siblings and survived by his two sons, Mike and David. The small family memorial was a solemn closing of a memorable chapter in the life of a beloved servant of God.

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