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Vernon (Bud) Thibaut

December 20, 1933 ~ May 20, 2019 (age 85)


Lifelong Napa resident Vernon (Bud) Thibaut passed away peacefully Monday May 20, 2019 surrounded by family. 

Vernon was born December 20, 1933, son of Vernon and Ruth Thibaut.  He attended Lincoln Elementary School and later graduated from Napa High School, class of 1951.  He was an apprentice machinist at Mare Island Naval Shipyard when he married his high school sweetheart Nancy Rannigan on June 20, 1954.  Together they raised three children.  He had an active family life full of camping and fishing trips, and many family gatherings.  Of all things, he enjoyed his time at home with family the most. 

Vernon retired from Mare Island after 32 years of service.  After retirement, he enjoyed many hobbies including going to casinos, gardening, and traveling. He was always a creative and imaginative tinkerer.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Nancy.

He is survived by his sister Fay Combs (Tom Combs). Children David Thibaut (Ron Custis) of Napa, Linda Stevenson (Michael Stevenson) of Anderson, CA, Lori Merkle (Allen Haaland) of Gary MN.  Four Grandchildren, Lyndi Rosenau (Chris Rosenau) of Glyndon, MN, Randy Merkle (Jodi Sorenson) of Fargo ND, Kelley Stevenson of Redding, CA and Jessie Barrett (Neil Barrett) of Redding, CA. Four Great Grandchildren, Callie and Landon Rosenau, Luke and Emma Barrett.

A memorial service is scheduled for Friday May 31, 2019 at 11am at Tulocay Chapel with a reception to follow at the Tulocay Reception Center.

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Memorial Service
May 31, 2019

11:00 AM
Tulocay Chapel
411 Coombsville Rd
Napa, CA 94559

May 31, 2019

12:00 PM
Tulocay Reception Center
411 Coombsville Rd
Napa, CA 94559

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