John E. Vermazen – Manchester

John E. Vermazen, 93, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, following a lengthy illness. He was born on May 12, 1923, at Montrose, Iowa, the son of John Edward and Viola (Keith) Vemazen. He graduated from Keokuk High School in 1939.


John served honorably in the United States Navy during World War II, from July 1943 to July 1946. He served on a mine sweeper in the Philippines. After serving in the military, John graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in agriculture education in 1947.


On July 20, 1947, John was united in marriage to Beulah (Be) Norenberg in Fremont, Nebraska. They moved to Winfield, Iowa, and John taught vocational agriculture at Winfield High School. In 1952 the family moved to Manchester and John began his career as a territory manager for Kent Feeds. He worked there until his retirement.


John was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church in Manchester, the Lion’s Club, and was a long term board member of the Delaware County Memorial Hospital. He was a past leader of the Delaware Hustlers 4-H Club. John and Be were inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame. He enjoyed gardening, golf, traveling with his wife Be, and playing cards.


Left to cherish his memory are his five children, Jim (Marilyn) Vermazen of Manchester, Duane (Marion) Vermazen of Reno, Nevada, Bill (Berna) Vermazen of Belleair, Florida, JoAnn (Brian) Sadler of Correctionville, and Richard (Anna) Vermazen of San Diego, California; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one brother-in-law, Bill Norenberg of Fremont, Nebraska.


John was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Be Vermazen; and one brother-in-law, Robert Norenberg.


Memorials may be designated to the First Presbyterian Church or Camp Courageous.


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Funeral Service:   10:30 a.m., on Saturday, December 17, 2016, at First Presbyterian Church in Manchester, Iowa. Officiating: Rev. Mary Green


Visitation:   9:30 a.m., on Saturday, December 17, 2016, at First Presbyterian Church in Manchester.


Interment with Military Rites: Oakland Cemetery – Manchester, Iowa