Gary Vermeer, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Vermeer Corporation, an icon in local communities and the industry, passed away Monday morning, February 2, 2009, at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House in Pella at the age of 90 years. Gary will be remembered for his innovations, love of the outdoors, many valued commitments and dedication to his family.
They are his genuine, unassuming wife, Matilda; their three children, Stanley J. Vermeer and his wife Alma Lee (Verdon) of Pella, Robert L. Vermeer and his wife, Lois (De Jong) of Pella and Mary A. and her husband Dale Andringa of Mitchellville and their spouses, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
His family includes his brother, John H. Vermeer and his wife, Effie, his two sisters-in-law: Jeannette (Elmer H.) Vermeer and Bernice (Harry G.) Vermeer; and the following brother-in-law and sisters-in-law: John and Dorothy Van Gorp, Jr., Evelena (Van Gorp) Roozeboom, and Edith (Edward) Van Gorp all of Pella, Iowa. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, J G. and Anna Vermeer; his parents-in-law, John M. and Minnie Van Gorp; a daughter-in-law, Margaret (De Boer) Vermeer; a great-grandson, Jakob Daniel Vanden Bosch; two brothers: Elmer H. (Dutch) Vermeer and Harry G. Vermeer; a sister-in-law and her husband, Gertrude (Van Gorp) and Everett Meinders and two brothers-in-law: Edward Van Gorp and Arie Roozeboom. In spite of his success, Gary exemplified an unshakeable faith and lived for the glory of God.
Memorials may be designated for the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, Hospice of Pella Comfort House or the Pella Christian Schools in Pella.