Eugene A. Verkamp, 69, Ferdinand

Eugene Verkamp picEugene A. Verkamp, 69, of Ferdinand, died Tuesday (November 3) at his home. He was born in Ferdinand July 28, 1946, to Albert and Augusta (Krampe) Verkamp. He married Phyllis Schlachter May 24, 1986, on the family farm.

Gene was a retired carpenter and superintendent at Seufert Construction Company. He was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish and its St. Joseph’s Sodality. He was a lifetime member of the Ferdinand Community Center and the St. Anthony Conservation Club. He coached 5th & 6th grade girls basketball at Ferdinand Elementary for 15 years. He was owner/operator of Beagles & Bunnies and trained beagles for many years. A true outdoorsman, his hobbies included fishing, hunting, making wine, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Verkamp; two sons, Neil Verkamp and John Fleig and wife Rebecca, all of Ferdinand; two daughters, Becky Seng and husband Steve, Dubois, and Elizabeth “Ebby” Weyer and husband Nick, Ferdinand; six grandchildren, Xander and Brooklyn Fleig, Kennedy and Addison Weyer, and Austin and Shyann Seng; two brothers, Joseph Verkamp, Jasper, and Dennis Verkamp and wife Camille, Mooresville; and four sisters, Mary Ann Verkamp and husband Paul Brown, Indianapolis, Carol Burger and husband Ted, Fairland, Ruth Wibbels and husband John, Jasper, and Rachel Hurm and husband Roger, Rockport.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his step-mother, Lauretta Verkamp.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday and 7-9:30 a.m. Saturday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ferdinand Church Renew. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Henry Catholic Church with burial following in St. Ferdinand Church Cemetery.

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