Richard "Jerry" Verbeck, 85, entered into rest Monday, April 17, 2017, with his family by his side. He was born to Harry Eugene and Mary Ruth (Foley) Verbeck on March 2, 1932, in East St. Louis, Illinois.
Jerry joined the U.S. Army at 17 and proudly served on the Ryoukis Island of Okinawa during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged from Camp Atterbury Dec. 4, 1952.
He married the love of his life and best friend Shirley (Mohr) Dove on June 29, 1968.
He was self-employed most of his adult life which allowed him to enjoy worldly travels and accumulate many memories. Jerry loved to fish and was a professional bass fisherman in the 1970s, winning five tournaments and placing in the top ten on many occasions. He loved his condominium on St. John's River in Astor, Florida, and was especially proud of two 12 lb., 8 oz. and a 13 lb. 8oz bass caught while there in 1981. He was a sports enthusiast and a life-long Cardinals fan. In his later years, he was content and happy with his garden, feeding and watching the birds, spending time with his cats and of course, his family.
Jerry had a very welcoming and charismatic personality and it was always a good time when you were with him. He will be sadly missed by many and all who knew and loved him.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 48 years; children, Shari (Mark) Hardebeck of Batesville; Barbara (Danny) Wolford of Greensburg, Vicky Brown of Westport, Tim Verbeck of Shelbyville, Joni (Butch) Sweet of Greensburg, Shannon Dove (Mark) Edson of Austin, Texas; 20 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, with which he retained an extremely special bond, William (Paulette) Verbeck of Maryville, Illinois, Joseph (Janet) Verbeck of O'Fallon, Illinois, and Charles "Butch" Verbeck of Fairview Heights, Illinois, along with sister-in-laws Dorothy (Mohr) Fields, Mary Michaels, Rosie (Mohr) and Joe Monroe, and Nancy (Mohr) Hutchinson all of Shelbyville, Indiana, in addition to many nieces and nephews in which he held close to his heart.
He was proceeded in death by his parents; very special brother, Gene Verbeck; mother and father-in-law, Noah and Florence Mohr; sisters-in-law, Cory Verbeck and Joann (Mohr) Botorff; brother-in-law, Louis Mohr; and Aunt Alma Thorn.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, on Friday, April 21, 2017. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the funeral home with son-in-law, Danny Wolford, and grandsons, Joshua Wolford and Ray Sweet, Jr., officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Shelbyville with full military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shelby County Animal Shelter, 705 Hale Rd. Shelbyville, IN. 46176
Funeral directors Greg, Sheila, and Stuart Parks are honored to conduct the services for the Verbeck family.
Published on April 20, 2017