Darwin Earl Verhaalen, 78
 

Darwin Earl Verhaalen, 78, of 4221 Cherrywood Court, Sheboygan, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at Sunny Ridge Health and Rehab Center.

He was born Sept. 3, 1933, in Milwaukee to Edward and Mabel

(Kleinman) Verhaalen. On Oct. 10, 1970, he married Mabel Clark of Milwaukee, formerly of Sheboygan Falls, at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield.

Darwin attended grade school in Milwaukee. His family moved to the Cedarburg area and he graduated from Cedarburg High School in 1952.

He was an avid football player and co-captain of his team in high school. He also enjoyed playing baseball. With challenging medical problems in young adulthood, he pursued carpentry and crafting at Milwaukee Area Technical College. He was a draftsman for many years.

Due to increased medical concerns, he retired in 1976 and took up small engine repair. For 15 years, he had his own small engine repair shop in Sauk City.

After moving to the Sheboygan area, he became active in the Sheboygan Evangelical Free Church and served as an usher and attended menís Bible study. He volunteered for several years at the Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution and Angel Free ministry, a part of Prison Fellowship. Darwin enjoyed inventing ways to simplify work and how to do things, spending time with his friends, playing table games, spectator sports, Packers parties and spending time with his family and with children. He always maintained his sense of humor.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Mabel, who spent countless hours with him at Sunny Ridge feeding and caring for him during his 3 1/2 year stay there. He is also survived by his brother, Lloyd (Mary) Verhaalen, Cedarburg; one sister-in-law, Betty Graef, Sheboygan; one brother-in-law, Frank Friede, Port Washington; an "adopted daughter," Yun Soon Choi, Glenview, Ill.; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Adele Friede.

A private burial took place at Zur Ruhe Cemetery in Cedarburg. A memorial service was held to celebrate Darwinís life on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Evangelical Free Church, 1710 N. 15th St, Sheboygan. Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. The Rev.

Gary Hylander and the Rev. Jon MacDonald officiated.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name for the Evangelical Free Church and Campus Life in Sheboygan.

Please visit www.zimmerfuneralhome.com to send e-mail condolences.

Zimmerís Westview Funeral and Cremation Care Center is assisting the family.

Darwinís wife, Mabel, would like to thank friends and family for their help and support. Also, thanks to those who were so kind and caring for Darwin at Sunny Ridge Nursing Home.