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Porter Funeral Home
Tuesday December 14th, 2021

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Kenneth L. Ver Meer

Rock Valley, Iowa: Kenneth L. Ver Meer, 78, of Rock Valley, Iowa, formerly of Hull, Iowa, died Friday, December 10, 2021, at Whispering Heights in Rock Valley.
Memorial service will be held Tuesday, December 14, at 2:00 PM at Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley with Rev. Dr. Verlyn Boone officiating. A time of refreshments and visiting with the family will follow the service. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com.
Kenneth LeRoy Ver Meer, son of Gerrit and Jeanette (Mulder) Ver Meer, was born August 10, 1943, one mile west of the Perkins, Iowa corner. Ken graduated from 8th grade at the Perkins Country School. He did farm work at home and for the neighbors. After receiving his driver’s license, Ken started masonry work.
On February 16, 1968, Ken married Dorothy Beckman at Inwood, Iowa. Together the couple made their home in Hull, Iowa. In 1969, Ken started working construction. He enjoyed it so much that he would take on side jobs in addition to his daily work. Ken and Dorothy were blessed with two children, Genelle and Kurtis. In 1983, Ken opted for a career change. He became a machinist at Hayes Albion, now Total Component Solutions, in Rock Valley, Iowa. Ken did keep his hammer handy though and would still moonlight on the side. In 1990, Ken’s neighbor, Art Moss, asked Ken to do some construction jobs and the next thing Ken knew, he was driving tractor during harvest time. Then in 2002, Ken retired from being a machinist and started working with Arlan Moss full time. He really enjoyed his time working with Arlan. In 2013 Ken retired.
Following retirement, Ken and Dorothy moved to an apartment in Rock Valley. On October 15, 2016, Ken moved to Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull. Then on December 15, 2017, he moved to Whispering Heights in Rock Valley.
There were two very important things in Ken’s life; knowing he was a child of God and spending time with his family. Ken also loved when people would visit him at the nursing home. He also enjoyed reading his Bible and listening to hymns on CD. In Ken’s younger years, he liked to go camping and fishing. Ken also taught himself how to use a scroll saw and build furniture. A gift he would share with his family.
Ken is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dorothy; daughter, Genelle Ver Meer of Leesburg, Virginia; son, Kurt and wife Lyla Ver Meer of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; 4 grandchildren, Destiny Ver Meer, Katlyn Ver Meer, Karissa Ver Meer, and Noah Wilde; great-grandson, Axl Kenneth Sankey; sister, Gert Vander Hamm of Sioux Center, Iowa; brother, Jim and wife Elaine “Chris” Ver Meer of Boyden, Iowa; brother-in-law, Paul Hoekema of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and several nephews and nieces.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Arie and Annie Beckman; infant sister, Ruth Ver Meer; 2 nieces, Lisa Vander Esch and Lori Hamstra; brother-in-law, Gene Vander Hamm; infant grandson, Conner Wilde; brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Nilda Ver Meer; sister, Marilyn Hoekema; and nephew, Jimmy Ver Meer.

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A candle was lit in memory of Kenneth Ver Meer

Jake and Sharon Moss Dec 14 2021 10:55 AM

Kurt and family, we are thinking of you all during this difficult time and please know that we are here for support and comfort when and if you need it. It sounds like your father was a great man and that he will be deeply missed.

The Midco Team - Amber, George, Stan, Jason, Allie, Matt Dec 13 2021 4:37 PM

Sympathy Gift courtesy of Amber Hone. Group of 10 Memorial Trees Planted In Loving Memory of Kenneth L. Ver Meer.

Amber Hone Dec 13 2021 3:10 PM

Kenny has always been caring and thoughtful. We could always share a good laugh in his presence. He tried his best to make everyone around him happy and laugh. I will forever miss him so much. He's like a grandpa to me, and I will cherish our memories together.

Jessica Martinez Dec 11 2021 7:46 PM