Virgil VerMaas, 91, of Lincoln, passed away on February 16. Virgil was born June 4, 1930 to Christian Leonard “CL” and Alpha VerMaas in Roca. Virgil and Mary Lou Jurgensmeier were married on July 5, 1950 and enjoyed 66 years together. Virgil started working with building power lines and during this time they lived in several communities across Nebraska.
They settled in the Hickman area in 1956 and lived there until 2007 when they moved to Savanah Pines in Lincoln. Virgil started working for the Capitol Telephone Co in Hickman and continued to work with phone companies until retiring from Lincoln Telephone in 1993.
As an active member of Shrine, Scottish Rite and Masons, Virgil was very involved in their activities. He belonged to Hickman Lodge 256. He achieved a thirty three degree Scottish Rite Mason. He was involved in the Little Cars, Jesters, and the Gourmet club in the Sesostris Shrine.
Virgil and MaryLou enjoyed traveling and camping with their family and friends. The children remember vacations, fishing, camping in a tent and then popup camper. Eventually a fifth wheel camper provided a more luxurious camping experience. They visited both of the coasts, Alaska and many places in between. They spent winters in Arizona for 15 years.
Virgil was proud of his involvement with the consolidation that formed Norris School District in 1965 and served on the first school board. He attended many athletic and extracurricular activities at Norris as well as the Hickman Presbyterian Church while the children grew up. His greatest joy was spending time with grandchildren and great grandchildren attending their many activities.
Virgil has spent the last four years with special friend Marge Stottler of Bloomfield. Marge and her husband Glen lived in Hickman while Glen worked for the phone company and their families spent time together. They reconnected and have been a blessing to each other. In addition to going back and forth between Lincoln and Bloomfield they traveled to visit many friends and family. Virgil enjoyed the numerous friendships he made in Bloomfield with the morning coffee group and at church where they attended Bloomfield St Marks Evangelical Lutheran.
Preceded in death by his parents; wife Mary Lou of 66 years, grandson, Kyle VerMaas and three sisters, Letha Clement, Viva Craig and Evelyn Birrell.
Survived by children, Lenny and Charlotte VerMaas of Gretna, Darrel and Rosie VerMaas of Hickman, Nancy and Kevin Christensen of Minden, Dennis and Pat VerMaas of Lincoln, Randy and Lisa VerMaas of Palmyra; brother John and Jean VerMaas of Lincoln, and sister-in-law Hala Conner, 11 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, special friend Marge Stottler and many nieces and nephews.
Celebration of life was on February 21 at 1:00 pm at St. Mark United Methodist Church Lincoln. Memorials to Shriners Children Hospital, Bloomfield St. Marks Evangelical Lutheran Church and Bloomfield Rescue. Condolences to Butherus Maser & Love at https://www.bmlfh.com/