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Source: Deere & Company news release

Jerry A. Vermeulen, 90, of WinterHaven, FL formerly of Moline, passed away on 20 December, 2017 at his home in WinterHaven.

Per his wishes, there will be no visitation or services. A private burial will be at Moline Memorial Park at a later date. Memorials can be made to Meals on Wheels Quad Cities or Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline.

Jerry was born September 9, 1927 in Moline, the son of Aledore and Ruthe (Edensward) Vermeulen. After his Mother passed away in 1932, he lived with his Aunt and Uncle, Carl and Oddie Alsene who raised him. He attended Roosevelt grade school, Coolidge Junior High, Moline High School and graduated from St. Ambrose Academy. He married Nancy Carton on May 26, 1951 in Moline at Sacred Heart Church. She preceded him in death on October 21, 1991. He later married Donna Bevans on June 2, 1993 in Paducah, KY.

Jerry was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean War at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Co.

He was a life time employee of Deere & Company, Moline. He began his career in 1947 in the Export Department. From 1962 to 1964, Jerry had a special assignment on the "Move" Committee and worked full time in helping to organize the moving of the different departments of Deere & Company from various locations to the World Headquarters, the Administration Center. Jerry holds the distinction of occupying the first office at the Administrative Center. From 1965 on, Jerry held numerous positions in the Advertising Department. After almost 40 years, he retired on 31 May, 1986 as Supervisor, Media and Control.

Jerry's lifelong passion was golf. In his earliest years, he was a member of Short Hills Country Club. Later he was a member of Oakwood Country Club where he played on teams that won numerous Velie Cups. He was also written up in Sports Illustrated Magazine for having achieved a double eagle on a Par 5. Later Jerry was a member of Pinnacle Country Club and Diamond Back Country Club in WinterHaven. He was also a multiple gallon blood donor and donated blood for over 40 years in the Quad Cities and in Florida.

Survivors include his wife, Donna; daughter, Tari (Craig) Weeks, Milan; grandchildren, Alex and Elise Vermeulen, Moline; sister, Virginia (Bob) Arbogust, Austin, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1st wife Nancy and son Todd.