Donovan J. "Don" Vermeire, age 88, of Quincy, died Sunday, August 2, 2020, at 7:55 pm in Illinois Veterans Home.
Don was born October 1, 1931 in Annawan, IL, a son of Andrew and Emma Z. DeSplinter Vermeire. He married Nota Mae Hahn on November 20, 1949 in Kewanee, IL. She preceded him in death on January 11, 1996. He then married Louise Weisinger on October 18, 1998. She preceded him in death on August 1, 2019.
Don served in the United States Marine Corps from February 11, 1952 until he was honorably discharged on February 10, 1954. Don was a union coal worker by profession. During his career, numerous transfers kept him moving all across the state of Illinois, from DeKalb to Mt. Vernon and every place in between. During this time, Don spent roughly 25 years in Galva, IL, where he was very active in the American Legion and in the Marine Corps League. In his spare time, Don loved woodworking, and he and Nota were very involved in creating dollhouses and miniature furnishings. They traveled all across the Midwest for miniature shows. Don also enjoyed farming, and he always had a large garden to tend.
Don was a devout and active member of the Paloma United Methodist Church.
Survivors include three sons: Terry A. (Cindy) Vermeire of Anaconda, MT; William A. "Joe" Vermeire of Quincy, IL; and Evan J. Vermeire of Omaha, AR; five grandchildren: Brieanne (Matt Cameron) Vermeire of Bozeman, MT; Joseph Vermeire of Portland, OR; Brittany (Colin Ash) Vermeire of Quincy; Janell (Erica Sulich) Vermeire of Riverdale, NJ; and Jonah (Alyssa) Vermeire of Forsyth, MO; three great grandchildren: Nota and Holt Cameron and Cooper Vermeire; three step daughters: Theresa McGartland of Quincy; Susan (David) Gronewold of Golden, IL; and Sherry Weisenger of Quincy; five step grandchildren: Bill McGartland of Camp Point, IL; Scott and Sarah Gronewold of Golden, IL; Jessica (Kaleb) Purecell of Payson, IL; and Keith (Jennifer) Barry of Quincy; two daughters-in-law: Connie Vermeire of Quincy and Becky Vermeire of Forsyth, MO; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his wives, Don was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Robert Vermeire; and his sister, Anna Jean Whittington.
Services: 11:00 am Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, with Rev. Kyle Frink officiating.
Livestream/Remote Attendance: To attend Don's service remotely (or to view a recording for up to 90 days), please join us on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Central Time using this link: https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/12027827
Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois
Visitation: 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Wednesday August 5, 2020 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home
Memorials: Paloma United Methodist Church, Marines Corps League, or Good Samaritan Home Foose Center
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.
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He was a good man. Always smiling and always had a joke to tell. I'm glad I got to meet him. Last time I got to see him was at the nursing home, he was in his wheel chair going down hall as fast as he could just for fun. 😁
Joe and Evan, so sorry to hear this. Your Dad was one of the most awesome people that I had the honor to get to know growing up. So many wonderful memories of shooting pool with him in the basement. God bless you all!
Joe and entire family our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. RIP Jeff & Joanne
My thoughts and prayers are with you Joe at this time of loss. Cherish those moments and memories!
It was an honor to know and care for Don. God bless each of you as you go through this
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