Jordan VanHook Obituary, Jordan VanHook Has Passed Away – Death Cause
Jordan VanHook Obituary, Death – We were shocked and heartbroken to learn this morning that Jordan VanHook had passed away. We know that a lot of you felt the same way. Both as a sound engineer and as an advocate for live music, he played a significant role in the Rochester scene during its heyday. Our prayers are with him and all of his loved ones right now. Feel free to use this forum to discuss your thoughts, experiences, and anecdotes regarding him.
Vernon was born on January 28, 1926 in Bentonville, Arkansas to parents Vernal and Ruby (Hawkins) Vanhook. His grandfather was Vernal Vanhook. When Vernon was just three years old, he followed his family to their new home in the Arkansas Valley. He attended Fairview and Swink schools, both of which fostered his athletic prowess, and he excelled in all of them. Lucille (Tarwater) Vanhook, the woman he would spend the next 67 years of his life with, was the person he met at Swink. On May 25, 1944, the couple got married in Raton, New Mexico.
Soon after, Vernon was called up for military service and was stationed across a number of the Philippine Islands, where he engaged in combat. They had already begun preparations for an invasion of Japan when World War II came to a conclusion. After returning to the United States, he was presented with the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for Valor, both of which were in recognition of the injuries he sustained while serving in the Philippines. After their trip, Vernon and Lucille went back to the Arkansas Valley, where Vernon worked as a hay hauler alongside his longtime buddy Chester Bay.
The following year, in 1949, Vernon established Vanhook Market and Nursery, both of which he ran until 2005. It was quite enjoyable for Vernon to work the land and tend to his greenhouses and nurseries. He also loved fishing, dog races, family gatherings, especially Christmas, and the Fourth of July. He loved good food and new pickups.
Vernon is survived by his daughter, Vici (Mike) Bauserman of Swink; his son, Steve (Kristi) Vanhook of La Junta; brother, Jack (Kim) Vanhook of Lamar; grandchildren, Jace (Amy) Bauserman of La Junta, Jennifer (Rob) Pannebaker of Tampa, FL, Tim Vanhook of La Junta, Ashley (Jack) Kearnan of Red Wood City, CA, and Jordan Vanhook of La Junta; great-grandchildren, Hunter, Abby and Brody Bauserman of La Junta. Also surviving are nephews, JJ (Melanie) Vanhook of Windsor, CO and Jeff (Laurie) Vanhook of Fort Collins, CO; and nieces, Corissa (Jacob) Cibulka of Pueblo and Katherine Vanhook of Colorado Springs.