Vernon Bennie Lautt passed away on Wednesday April 28, 2021. He was born on September 6, 1942 to Ben and Katie Lautt in Hardin, MT, where he grew up and later joined the Army to serve his country from 1960 to 1963. After he was honorably discharged he met and married Coletta Nepper. They were later married on August 24, 1963.
Vernon was a worker and most people who knew him could vouch for that. He was a Union Laborer and came to Libby in 1967 to work on the Libby Dam; little did he know that was where he and Coletta would make their home and raise their children.
Vernon worked on the Libby Dam mainly as a driller, and a blaster also known as a powder monkey, and later did other jobs as was needed until the construction of the dam was finished. After that he stayed on as a union worker and worked road construction, we really cannot explain what all he did but we do know he did whatever they wanted. Vern loved to work and that proved him to be the best employee anyone would want. After retirement he was stir crazy and took on some newspaper delivery jobs, he delivered for the Spokesman Review, Great Falls Tribune, Missoulian, and the Daily Interlake and up to a few months before his passing, he delivered for his daughter at the Kootenai Valley Record. One of his favorite jobs he took on was working for the Libby Public Schools as the guy on the lawn mower. Vern loved mowing the school lawns and giving all the people a bad time. He was a very quiet guy and really liked the tranquility of mowing the lawns, and for those that knew him, knew he heard very little.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ben and Katie Lautt and a son Wesley Lautt.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years Coletta; daughter Rhonda (Lee) Bothman; son Rodney Lautt; grandsons Thommas Lautt and Brandon Collier; granddaughters Brittney Lautt and Paige (Riley) Jaynes and 8 great grandchildren.
Vern will be laid to rest with his son at the Custer Battlefield on May 28, 2021 in Crow Agency, MT. On May 15th at 1:00 pm, the family would like to invite anyone who would like to share stories and enjoy a variety of desserts, which Vern loved, at the Fred Brown Pavilion. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.
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