WYOMING – Bernard Vermeire, 87, of Wyoming, passed away at 11:21 a.m. Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Toulon.
Bernard was born on Nov. 20, 1931, in Sheffield, the son of Ceriel and Ella (VanBevren) Vermeire. He married Janet Bangtson on June 4, 1955, in Sheffield, recently celebrating 64 years of marriage; she survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Denise (Kevin) Mercer of Wyoming; four grandchildren, Wayne (fiance’ Aaren Clay) Vermeire of Thibodaux, La., Brian (Pamela) Vermeire of Denham Springs, La., Seth (Nichole) Mercer of Wyoming, and Ben (Kristina) Mercer of Peru; four great grandchildren, Owen Mercer, Chloe Mercer, Michael Barrett and Caleb Barrett; two sisters-in-law, Donna Vermeire of Geneseo and Edna Bangtson of Bloomington; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Kevin Vermeire; and one brother, Francis Vermeire.
Bernard worked for the former Kewanee Farmers elevator in Kewanee and retired after over 25 years. He served in the United States Army from 1952-1954 and was in the reserves for seven years until 1961. He was a member of the Wyoming American Legion Post #91, was in a bowling league in Kewanee for many years, was a woodworker and collected John Deere toy tractors.
He was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Wyoming, where a funeral mass was held July 22. Fr. John Cyr officiated. Burial was in St. Dominic Cemetery in Wyoming.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wyoming American Legion Post #91 or the Wyoming Fire Department.
Condolences for Bernard’s family may be left at www.haskellfuneral.com.