Vernon "Vern" John Knudson, a 45 year resident of Manhattan Beach, passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2013. Born in Los Angeles, California, he was 72 when he died. Vernon owned and operated Axminster Pharmacy in South Los Angeles for 45 years. Vernon is survived by wife, Rhonda Kay Knudson; sister, Mary Knudson; daughters, Lisa Knudson Dietz and Debi Knudson; grandsons, Joshua Knudson and Jackson Dietz; and many friends. The Service will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in the Risen Christ Chapel on Monday December 23, 2013 at 9:30 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society.

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  1. I’ve known Vern all my life and he has always been a person who loves and cares, who sees a person’s need and fills it, who encourages and lifts people up, who spends energy on others rather than himself, who touches each life he enters & makes a difference in the world.

    I dearly loved my Uncle Vern! He is one of the best men I have ever known. Everytime I saw him/spoke to him I could always count on a funny joke, the best bear hug and priceless wisdom. I’ll never forget him helping me decorate for my wedding, despite his poor eyesight, I think he cut and tied more ribbons than I did! He’s always been there for me and it’s moments like that made me feel love beyond words. May he rest in peace and praying for peace for my Auntie Rhonda, Mary, Lisa, Debi and all those his life touched. I have shed many tears, but I cry with hope that I will see him again and I look forward to that Uncle Vern bear hug.

    He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much;
    Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;
    Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
    Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty or failed to express it;
    Who has left the world better than he found it,
    Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
    Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;
    Whose life was an inspiration;
    Whose memory a benediction.
    –1904 Bessie Anderson Stanley

  2. Mr. Vern was one of the nicest, sweetest and kindest man I had the pleasure of knowing. I will surely miss Vern and all of his funny and corny jokes.

  3. I have posted the most appreciative, caring comment that I can imagine regarding this incredible gentleman and professional, and the mortuary website keeps erasing it. You are worth the struggle, Vern, with a difficult website. Your customer service was the exact opposite, This website will not let me see nor edit what I am typing, so forgive any typographical errors, burn it is an unimaginable that you are called away so young. Our family is in shock, and indeed if you helped my mother’s father in 1971, And counting the recent twins who lived in Inglewood before Texas, you have served five generations of our family, always treating us like family and undeserved discounts and professional and personal advice. There will never be anyway to replace the way you successfully maintained a family for Loss. We will laugh with you again one day and have it. Rick Heath

  4. Words cannot express how much Vern will be missed!!! He was such an amazing person who always no matter what always had a joke to tell. May he always rest in paradise

  5. I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Vern. I have known Vern since I was a child. Early on in my adult life he was my pharmacist and a gentle soul. Just a few months ago when my Dad passed, I was shocked to see Vern at the service and was even more amazed that he was still working and in the same medical building. I am so happy that I searched him out after the service and got share a few minutes with him.

    My condolences to his wife Rhonda and the rest of his family and friends. Too much death in 2013 for me 🙁

    RIP Vern.

    Ken O.

  6. RIP Vern! you were my 2nd father, as my mom was married to you long ago. You taught me so much! how to recycle! grow a garden! hammer a nail! take care of my pets, be responsible, have a job, how to tell a good joke, how to bet on the horses, read the stock market. Even though I hadn’t seen you in years! I always had a place in my heart for you. I will always love you and one day I will see you again!

  7. Vern R.I. P. Buddy. Say hello to my dad and I know you two will have try to out joke each other……You will me missed old friend………….

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