Dr. Gerald F. VerMeulen


LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Dr. Gerald F. VerMeulen, 88, of Lake Forest, formerly of Norway, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Bickford Independent & Assisted Living Center in Bourbonnais, Ill.

Dr. VerMeulen, known to friends and family as Jerry or Zule, was born May 9, 1931, in Norway, the son of the late Julius and Elsie (Vanden Heuvel) VerMeulen.

Jerry graduated from Norway High School, received his doctor of veterinary medicine with high honors from Michigan State University in 1955 and went on to start and own a practice for 37 years.

He married Carol A. Schulte on June 20, 1953, and had three children, Michael VerMeulen, William (Sylvia) VerMeulen and Ann (Michael) O’Gorman.

Jerry was an avid Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed arguing with any Bears fan nearby. His grandchildren will remember him for his sacred bowl of Peanut Butter M&Ms of which he always allowed them only two. He was happiest at his farm in the Upper Peninsula, where he enjoyed visiting with friends and family and taking trips to the DeYoung Family Zoo.

He is survived by his son, William (Sylvia) VerMeulen and daughter Ann (Michael) O’Gorman; grandchildren, Michael, Eileen, Nicole, Kevin and Allison; sister, Carol Moraska; along with the many wonderful caretakers and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol; son, Michael VerMeulen; parents, Julius and Elsie VerMeulen; and his sisters, Lorraine and Laverne VerMeulen.

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Monday the church, with Fr. Michael Kowalewski, presiding.

Interment will follow at the Norway Township Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions may be made in Jerry’s name to the DeYoung Family Zoo: DeYoung Family Zoo, N5406 County Road 577, Wallace, MI 49893.

Condolences to the family of Dr. VerMeulen may be expressed online at www.ortmanfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements announced by the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.