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Carl Vermeer, 77

Carl Vermeer, 77, died Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.

Carl was born March 30, 1937 in Sioux Center, Iowa, the son of Benjamin and Christine (VanRoekel) Vermeer. Carl graduated from Sioux Center High School in 1955 and also dated his future wife Wilma Hulstein while attending high school. Carl continued his education and graduated from Westmar College in 1959 in Business Administration. Carl and Wilma were united in marriage on August 14, 1958 in Sioux Center. Three daughters were born: Christi, Carla Beth, and Barbara.

Carl and his family moved to Alexandria in 1961 where they operated a resort on Little Darling Lake. In 1966 they moved to Long Prairie where Carl worked as a social worker for Todd County along with various other jobs. Carl and Wilma moved back to Alexandria and semi-retired to a home on Lake LHomme Dieu in 1987. They wintered in Mesa, Arizona for a number of years before Wilma's death on July 18, 1999 in Alexandria from an automobile accident.

Carl met Marie Shelstad in September of 2002 and they were married on September 10, 2006 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Holmes City. They enjoyed riding their scooters around the lakes and sharing coffee at McDonalds almost every day with friends. Carl volunteered at the Douglas County Food Shelf for nearly 20 years. They also wintered in Mesa, Arizona and were blessed by their years together.

Carl was an unassuming man who lived a simple life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing in his younger years. He was also a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marie Shelstad of Alexandria; daughters, Christi Nelson and husband Larry Parsons of Alexandria, Barb and husband Gregg Weiss of Rochester; grandchildren, Ryan Nelson of Alexandria, Abby (Tom) Maloney of Monterey, CA, Matthew (Allie) Weiss of Woodbury, Michael (Kelly) Weiss of Rochester, and Laura Weiss of Rochester.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Vermeer; infant daughter, Carla; and his parents.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, July 2 at Living Word Lutheran Church in Alexandria with the Rev. A.J. Kluver officiating. Interment was at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Sioux Center, Iowa on Thursday, July 3. Casket bearers were Ryan Nelson, Abby Maloney, Tom Maloney, Matthew Weiss, Michael Weiss and Laura Weiss.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria;