Photo of Lawrence C. “Red” Verdick Sr.

Lawrence C. “Red” Verdick Sr.

07/13/1921 - 03/08/2012

Memorials can be made to a memorial fund established in his name.


Lawrence C. “Red” Verdick Sr., 90, of the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, Il. and formerly of Kewanee and Annawan, Il. died at 7:30 A.M. Thursday, March 8, 2012 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy.

Lawrence was born July 13, 1921 in rural Geneseo, Il. the son of Charles and Elizabeth (Gripp) Verdick He graduated from Annawan High School and was a veteran of WWII, serving as a rifle instructor in the US Army.

Lawrence married Zeena P. Ptasnik on March 6, 1943 in Kewanee, Il. She died December 4, 2004. He was also preceded in death by his parents, one sister, three brothers and a granddaughter.

Surviving are two sons Lawrence Verdick Jr. of Sterling, Il. and Charles (Cindy) Verdick of Morton, Il. four grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a sister Loretta “Tot” Nelson of California.

Red was employed at several area factories, including Advance Metal Working, Kewanee Boiler works and Hyster, retiring from the Midland Coal Company (ASARCO) coal mine at Victoria, Il. in 1984.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kewanee and a lifetime member of the American Legion. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, bowling, playing cards and attending area auctions.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kewanee will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Kewanee where military honors will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral home on Saturday. A memorial fund has been established and contributions may be directed to the funeral home.

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