George Gustave Vereecke, 80, of Morenci, Mich., died June 13, 2020, in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family while under the care of Hospice of Lenawee.
Born June 18, 1939, in Morenci, he was the son of Richard and Yvonne (Verougstraete) Vereecke.
George was a 1957 graduate of Morenci High School. He served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1961 during the Korean Conflict. On Sept. 26, 1959, George married Diana L. Fogelsong at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Fayette, Ohio. She survives.
George attended trade school, working with sheet metal, and learning the skill of heating and air conditioning. He began his career working in the trade employed by Dunbar-Borton from 1964 to 1976. He helped build Adrian Mall and part of Adrian College. He later advanced his career as a chemical operator for Parker Rust Proof until its closure in 1989. He was then employed by Simplex of Adrian, followed by Bohn Aluminum, until his retirement in 2001.
George was an active member of the Fayette Church of the Nazarene. There he was known to the children as the “Candyman” because he always had a sweet treat or two in his coat pocket. He participated in the Men’s Bible Study and helped with the youth group. Prior to that, George was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Fayette, where he taught Catechism and served as a Eucharistic Minister.
A lifelong and proud member of the City of Morenci, George created keepsakes from remnants of the former Morenci High School building that the Bulldog alumni treasured. He proudly led the Morenci Memorial Day parade for nearly 40 years and received a plaque for serving as “Officer of the Day.” He was also a part of the Legion’s Drill Team.
George was well known for his generous heart and charitable giving, especially for his concern and care for the elderly. He will also be remembered for his incredible sense of humor and quick wit. In his spare time, George enjoyed gardening, fishing and woodworking, creating birdhouses and squirrel feeders.
In addition to his wife, George is survived by daughters Melony (and Alan) VanBrandt of Morenci, Vandria (and Doug) Bower of Coldwater, Mich., and Tonia (and Dan) Hoffman of Morenci; 16 grandchildren, Zach, Katie, Tyler, Adam, Alyssa, Austin, Aubrey, Alexis, Anna, Ashla, Erin, Sara, Alec, Levi, Naomi and Malachi; eight great-grandchildren, Emma, Harper, Caleb, Nolan, Eden, Kree, Lander and Violet; and a daughter-in-law, Karen Vereecke of Adrian.
In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Vereecke; his twin brother Richard Vereecke; sister Lorraine Mannschreck; granddaughter Ashlee; and great-grandson Elijah.
Private funeral services are planned Wednesday, June 17, at the Fayette Church of the Nazarene, with Pastor Andy Reynard officiating. Burial will take place in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Full military honors will be presented by the Morenci American Legion Post 368.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of Lenawee.
Arrangements were handled by Wagley Funeral Home in Adrian.