Martin R. Vermaas

Jun 4, 2017
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Celebration of Life services will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 2 at Calvary Bible Church in Washburn beginning with military honors by the U.S. Marine Corps. 



Nebraska Memorial Services will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday September 9, 2017 at Heartland Bible Church, 2611 S. 56th St., Lincoln, NE 

Burial in Firth Cemetery, Firth, NE




Martin R. Vermaas, 91, of Evansdale, IA, died at home Sunday, June 4, 2017. He was anticipating joining Jesus Christ his Lord and Savior, his wife, other family members and friends in heaven.


He was born September 12, 1925 in Beatrice, NE, son of Corniel and Hazel Imes Vermaas, and graduated from Beatrice High School in 1943.


He married Bernice Trapp November 28, 1943 in Marysville, KS. She died March 7, 2013.


Martin served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and received the Purple Heart for his injuries at Iwo Jima. Following recovery, the troops were being prepared to enter Japan when the war was abruptly ended with the bombing of Hiroshima.


He worked for the Army Corp of Engineers beginning in Omaha in 1957. In 1970 he was transferred to San Francisco and in 1976 to Winchester, VA. From there he was sent to Saudi Arabia from 1984-1987. At that time he and his wife were also commissioned by their church as undercover lay missionaries. He retired in 1987 and moved to Waterloo and then Evansdale to be with family.


He and his wife continued as active volunteer missionaries in the Cedar Valley. As members of their son-in-law’s church, Calvary Bible in Washburn, he taught Adult Sunday School, a deacon, and was church treasurer. He and his wife volunteered at Newel Post, Ravenwood Care Center, and Harmony House where he conducted Bible study and she sang and played her accordion.


He is survived by his daughter: Gloria (James) Goering, Waterloo, Son: Stephen Vermaas, Omaha, NE, daughter: Susan (Rik) Reuter, Evansdale, son: Timothy (Susan) Vermaas, Athens, TN, daughter: Carol (Amal) Bejjani, Lincoln, NE; 15 grandchildren: Angela (Michael) Fitzpatrick, Jessica Wood, Victoria (Andrew) Jergenson, Josiah (Hannah) Goering, Jimmy (Jill) Vermaas, Melody (Scott) Hecht, Tonya (Craig) Kohler, Lindsay (Tyler) Andrews, Amber (Ryan) Duff, Tiffany (Eric) Reuter, Kris (Chantal) Reuter, Shannon (Jonn) Schultz, Amanda Bejjani, Matthew Bejjani, and Rachel Vermaas; and 23 great-grandchildren: Ashley, Hayley, and Madison Fitzpatrick, Bradley and Caleb Wood, Hunter, Tanner, and Madisen Vermaas, Carrisa, John, Josh, Anna Marie, Jacob, and Ella Hecht, Timothy and Dawn Kohler, Christian and Isabella Jergenson, Audrey and Avery Duff, Julia Andrews, Jack Schultz, and Greta Goering.


Martin is preceded in death by his sister, Donna Stock; daughter‑in‑law, Kathy Vermaas; and brother, Gaylord Vermaas.

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  1. Lyle and Nancy Shaner | Jun 07, 2017

    Praying for you and your family

    Lyle and Nancy Shaner

  2. Karen Hays | Jun 06, 2017
    So sorry

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