Vernon L. Fanning passed away on June 16, 2016 at Valley View Care Center in Des Moines. A graveside service will be held at Chapel Hill Gardens on Saturday, June 25, 2016. He was born on May 5, 1921 to Grover and Edith (Gathman) Fanning in Hartley, Iowa. Vernon graduated from Harley High. Vernon then graduated from Hamilton’s Business College in Mason City, where he earned his Associates Degree. He moved to the Des Moines area in September of 1947. He married the love of his life, Helen Brown, at St. John’s Lutheran Church on November 27, 1947. Together they enjoyed going to supper clubs and dancing. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Helen and their nieces and nephews.