Vernard Edward Courtnage, a longtime resident of Hayward passed away January 16  at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto. He was born in Niobara, Nebraska to Vernard Thomas Courtnage and Hazel Elizabeth Cave. He grew up in Omaha, Nebraska where in October 1942 he enlisted in the Marine Corps becoming a member of the Carlson Raiders. He participated in many campaigns in the Pacific Theater during WW II. After being discharged as a lance corporal he settled in the Bay Area where he met his future wife, Blanche Elizabeth Kaufman, whom he married on Aug 28, 1948. For some 35 years he was a teamster and long distance truck driver until his retirement. In October 1960 he and Blanche brought their home in the Mt. Eden area of Hayward where they have resided ever since. He enjoyed traveling in his RV, fishing, golfing and metal detecting. In his younger days he was keen on archery and later obtained a pilot’s license. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, his son Cameron, his brother-in-law Leo H. Kaufman, several cousins and various friends. Per his request there will be no funeral services.