Local leader killed in farming accident at home

​Vernon Creighton of Sardinia died October 10 in an accident at his home.
Brown County Coroner Dr. Judith Varnau said in an e-mail to The Brown County Press that Creighton died as the result of trauma involving farm equipment.
Investigators say that Creighton was using a post hole digger when his clothing got caught in the machinery.
The accident happened at the Indian Spring Winery on Fite Hauck Road where Creighton was the owner and operator.
Creighton was also the President of the Southern Hills Career and Technical Center School Board and a lifelong educator.
Southern Hills Superintendent Kevin Kratzer said that Creighton was with him from day one.
“Vern joined the board when I started working for the district in January of 2011,” Kratzer said.
“He’s been a consummate leader on our school board.  His voice has always been one at the table that was respected by everyone.”
Kratzer said one reason for that respect was the fact that Creighton had fifty years of experience in education.
“At age 69 when he passed away, I don’t think there was a time in his life when he wasn’t a teacher, administrator or school board member.  That type of experience at a board table is invaluable and his leadership will be greatly missed.”
Kratzer said that Creighton was very proud of his commitment to public education.
“Professionally speaking, he gave his entire life to public education.  I don’t know how you can quantify the level of loss that his absence will bring to our school and our community,” Kratzer said.
“I think he would want to be remembered as a dedicated educator that always put kids first.”
Creighton’s memorial service and funeral were held at Southern Hills on Saturday, October 15.
“I think it’s very fitting that a lifelong educator would have his final service in a school,” Kratzer said.
A memorial account has been set up in Creighton’s Memory at any First State Bank to support children and promote the arts in Brown County.