Butch Vernon, hardware industry veteran and owner of a Colorado home improvement business, died recently at age 66.
Vernon, who owned Budget Home Supply in Longmont, Colorado, passed away May 20.
He is survived by his wife Beverly; three children, David Riley, Buck Vernon and Vernetta Angelo; sister Janice Hayes; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Vernon grew up in Kansas and moved to Colorado as an adult. He was turned away by 29 banks for a business loan, but he and his wife eventually started Budget Home Supply in 1984.
The lumberyard’s first location was so small that Vernon had to store lumber at his farmhouse and haul as much as he thought he would sell to work every morning.
The Vernons expanded the business over the years, and the store is now located in an 80,000-square-foot facility.
In 2010, both Butch and Beverly Vernon were inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame for their years of business excellence and contributions to the Longmont community, including support of the OUR Center, which provides food, clothing and other assistance to people in financial crisis, and materials donations to Eagle Scout projects, Habitat for Humanity and other organizations.
Vernon was proud when he promoted his son-in-law, Sean Angelo, to general manager, and the family expects Budget Home Supply to continue thriving under the leadership of Sean and Vernon’s daughter, Vernetta.