Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Verlyn L. Almond

Verlyn L. Almond, age 89, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at  Becker-Shoop Hospice with his loving family at his side.   He was born in Hand County, South Dakota, to Lloyd and Myrtle Almond on September 10, 1923.  They moved to Racine when he was three months old and he lived the rest of his life in Racine.

Verlyn proudly served his country as a Navy man in World War II.  He served on the U.S.S. 737 Sub-Chaser.  After retiring from service he met the love of his life, Mildred Foreman.  They were married at Bethania Methodist Church on October 5, 1947.  Verlyn was an accomplished finish carpenter and built three beautiful homes for his family in the Racine area.  He was employed by Haisler Builders and Bukacek Construction until his retirement.  He enjoyed helping the community by being a volunteer on the Racine Fire Bells for many years with his cousin, Paul Smith.  Verlyn was a wonderful family man, loving husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  Verlyn was an animal lover and was always happy having a pet around along with all the kids. They all spent many enjoyable summers at their cottage in Mauston, Wisconsin.

Survivors include his loving wife of sixty-six years, Millie; son, Gary Almond; granddaughter, April (Byron) McIntosh, and grandson, Christopher (Trish Rice) Almond.  He is also survived by his brother, Kenneth  (Sandy) Almond; and sister, Carol Almond Hodges, both of Arizona.  He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Drew, Courtney, Allyssa and Braden McIntosh; many dear nieces and nephews, special brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Harold and Shirley Schimek and Howard and Delores Foreman.  He was preceded in death by his greatest loss, two grown sons, Gene and Greg.  In addition he was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Myrtle Almond; his in-laws, Howard and Margaret Foreman; brother-in-law, Paul Hodges; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Norm and Fran Trudeau.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.  Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Tuesday morning at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service at 10:30 a.m.

A very special thank you to neighbors and friends, Rosie Domanico and Sonny Havn, hospice caregivers, aides and nurses at Becker-Shoop, who gave Verlyn loving and compassionate care as he gave his love back to them.  Also thank you to Dr. Zablotney and Cathy.

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