Vernon "Vern" T. Verhaalen

Former Cedarburg resident, Vernon "Vern" T. Verhaalen "Gampi" died on Friday, March 7, 2008 in Florida, at the age of 87.

Vern is survived by his loving daughters Janet Verhaalen and Judy Johnson; and his cherished granddaughters Courtney Johnson (Zac) and Carlye Tomczyk (Tim).

Vern was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 47 years, Bea, who died on Dec. 23, 1992; and by his precious granddaughter Christine Therese Johnson, who died on April 4, 1976.

A veteran of World War II, Vern served in the U.S. Naval Air Force as a commissioned officer and pilot navigator. His memories of these dedicated years of service to his country continued to galvanize his patriotic beliefs throughout his life as he proudly shared them with family and friends.

A man with a strong sense of adventure, Vern loved to travel, especially with his beloved wife, Bea.

Together, they traveled throughout the U.S. and the world, enjoying the educational approach of Elderhostel Travel and the unrivaled challenge of freighter ship cruises. Each trip became a lifelong learning venture as they cherished their exciting times together.

Vern worked as a career pattern-maker at Kohver Pattern Company, a business he later owned.

As an adroit master carpenter, he used his talents to make numerous gifts for family and friends.

Always one to emphasize the value of education, Vern learned how to speak Russian and volunteered to teach English and reading with the Ozaukee Adult Literacy Program during his retirement years.

Private internment.

Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association-Southeastern Wisconsin at 6130 W. National Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53214, are appreciated.