Vernon Joseph Stiel"Stainless"May 25, 1925 ~ Jan. 14, 2012Vernon Joseph Stiel died peacefully on Jan. 14, 2012 at home, which was his desire. He never wanted to be a burden to his daughters and after 8 years of life without his sweetheart, it was enough. He was born on May 25, 1925 in Benson, Minnesota to Fred and Theresa Douvier Stiel. He was the fourth of seven children. His parents and 2 brothers, William and Charles, preceded him in death. Dad grew up on a farm in rural Minnesota where he learned the ethics of work. He served his country proudly and honorably in WWII, serving in the Caribbean Theater. As he grew up he had three dreams: to play football, be a police officer, and attend the FBI Academy. With his limited education, he didn't know how he could ever possibly fulfill those dreams. With Mom's never ending commitment to Dad, he was able to fulfill all of those dreams...and more. He met his eternal companion, Shirley Johnson, in Provo, Utah and they were married on August 25, 1949 in Provo and later sealed as an eternal family in the Salt Lake Temple in 1957. He attended BYU in 1950 and played football for Coach Chick Atkinson. In 1958, he was hired as a fulltime patrolman and served the City of Orem for 10 years, becoming the first lieutenant ever of the department. He took photographs of all of Utah county fatalities and was an expert fingerprint witness. He worked tirelessly to provide for his family and even found time to tinker with his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He loved to ride and even appeared in a BYU film production with his bike. He left Orem City in 1967 and went to work for the Utah Department of Public Safety in Salt Lake City as a fingerprint analyst. He quickly moved up in the department and became the Bureau Chief of Criminal Identification. He was instrumental in creating the first Crime Lab for the State of Utah and was very proud of that accomplishment. He attended the FBI Academy in 1975, at the age of 50 and had many wonderful experiences while there. One of the students at the academy remarked to him "Stiel, I don't know how old you are but I hope I am in as good of shape when I'm your age." After Mom died, rather than giving up, he stretched himself and enjoyed many experiences, including a church history tour and a cruise to Alaska. He loved working in his wood shop and would spend hours there. His wood shop has been referred to as "the shop of charity" by ward members. He was an active high priest in the Crescent 3rd Ward. His posterity includes 4 daughters, Ruth Ann (Earl) Tervort, Marilyn Ingraham, Elaine Jackson and Teresa (Bill) Brunt and neighbor-daughter, Dawna Holm. Along with his girls, his 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren were his greatest joy. He loved having them come to visit him and was sad to see them leave. They all love their "Gpa". He is also survived by 1 brother, Edward (Jean) Stiel, San Benito,Texas and 3 sisters, Louise Waage, Catherine Voorhees and Marie Isler, all of Minnesota. He was also loved by numerous nieces and nephews. The family expresses their deep appreciation to Dr. Richard Bennett who stated, "Vern knew how to live and knew how to die" and to Hearts for Hospice and the wonderful volunteers who served our Dad with love and compassion. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 at the Crescent 3rd Ward, 949 East 10600 South. Viewings will be held from 6-8 pm on Tuesday evening at Goff Mortuary, 8090 S. State Street and 1 hour prior to the services, at the church. Interment, East Lawn Memorial Hills, 4800 North 650 East, Provo, Utah.www.goffmortuary.com