Vereecke, Jeffrey

Jeffrey David Vereecke, 52, of Adrian, Mich., died July 21, 2014, at the Hospice of Lenawee Home, surrounded by his wife and children. 

Jeff was born Oct. 4, 1961, in Adrian, to George and Diana (Fogelsong) Vereecke. He graduated from Morenci Area High School in 1979 and then attended Grand Valley State University, graduating in 1983 with a bachelor of arts degree in finance. Jeff worked at First Federal Bank for 30 years, first in Defiance, Ohio, and then in Adrian as northern market area president.

On Aug. 6, 1983, he married the love of his life, Karen Deatrick. Jeff accepted Christ and became a child of the Father in November 1986. He is remembered as a God-loving, people-loving man, a faithful husband and father of seven. 

He was an active member in both the Defiance and Adrian communities, chairing Relay for Life for three years, serving on the boards of the Adrian Symphony Orchestra, Hospice of Lenawee, Boys and Girls Club of Lenawee, Lenawee Economic Development Coalition, United Way of Lenawee and Defiance, and the Promedica/Bixby Foundation. He also served as a volunteer coach with Northwest Ohio Christian Home Educators.

He enjoyed outdoor sports, swimming, time with family, traveling, northern Michigan vacations, cooking with family, church activities, and University of Michigan sports

He was a member of Grace Point Evangelical Free Church, Lenawee Country Club, Christian Family Centre, and the American Cancer Society.

Jeff is survived by his wife; seven children, Adam, Alyssa (and Jacob) Shumaker, Austin, Aubrey, Alexis, Anna and Ashla, all of Adrian; his parents; his sisters, Melony (and Alan) VanBrandt of Morenci; Vandria (and Doug) Bower of Coldwater, Mich., and Tonia (and Dan) Hoffman of Morenci; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Ashlee Nicole.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at Grace Point Evangelical Free Church, Adrian, with Rev. Jeff Barbieri and Rev. Tim Yazel officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wagley Funeral Home in Adrian.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Jeff Vereecke Family Fund at any First Federal Bank; Hospice of Lenawee; Youth With a Mission; or the MPN Foundation (