Vernon Eden

Vernon Eden, 87, of Iowa City, died Saturday, July 6, 2019, at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City with burial following at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. To share a thought, memory or condolence, please visit the funeral home website at

Vernon William Eden was born July 8, 1931, in Lone Tree, Iowa, the son of Homer and Hattie (Pruess) Eden. He graduated from Lone Tree High School in 1949. He was united in marriage to Audrey MacGowan on March 14, 1954, and she preceded him in death. Vernon farmed near West Liberty, owned and operated the Coral Marina for 11 years and built, owned and operated the Saylorville Marina for 18 years. He retired in 1996. On Jan. 6, 2006, he was united in marriage to Sharon Olvera in Iowa City.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge and Eagles Club. In his free time he enjoyed fishing, water skiing, playing cards, following the Iowa Hawkeye athletic teams and going to dances. One of his greatest joys was time spent with his family.

Vernon is survived by his wife: Sharon; his children: Dennis (Linda) Eden, Belinda “Linda” (Dave Williamson) Conaway and Rhonda (Faron) VanNostrand; one stepson: Robert (Katie) Olvera; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; three step-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife: Audrey; one brother: Homer Jr. “Bud”; three sisters: Marilyn Stewart, Norma Larew and Eva Eden.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

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