Vernon L. Kail, 94, of Newcomerstown, passed away Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, at Sunny Slope Nursing Home, Bowerston.

He was born Wednesday, Sept. 20, 1916, to the late Jesse and Flora A. (Blind) Kail.

On Friday, April 30, 1948, he married Esther (Grewell) Kail, who survives.

Also surviving is one son, Kenneth Dean (Annie) Kail; one grandson, Eric Christopher Kail.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold L. Kail and Emmett S. Kail. Vernon.

Mr. Kail was an independent Volkswagon mechanic. His longevity spanned 33 years at VW repair. He was a person well ahead of his time in trying to encourage fuel efficiency and economy in a peoples car the VW beetle. He felt Detroit produced in his words, Gas Guzzlers, and body by Fisher that rusted in a garage. The Beetles ability to navigate gravel township roads added to his enthusiasm with its air-cooled rear engine giving it superior traction.

Vernon was a highly skilled Harley-Davidson motorcycle mechanic and built his many machines from a basket by memory. He owned and rode 19 different models of Harleys and Indian Motorcycles. He also collected and restored antique automobiles.

He was a charter member of the Steam Club at New Philadelphia with lifelong friend, Charles Chuck Berkshire. The two of them co-owned a 20 brake horsepower Minneapolis Moline steam engine. It had two railroad locomotive whistles that could be heard to Port Washington, 4.5 miles away. Vernon was able to stay at his birth place Route 1, Port Washington, until April 2007.

There will be no calling hours and only a private funeral with pastors Wayne Baker and Don Silvertorne officiating.

Friends and family may call or visit Esther Kail at 404 Rear Neighbor St., Newcomerstown; or telephone, 498-6781.

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