Robert P. Verheye, 95, passed away on Monday, January 4, 2021, at Woodridge of Geneseo. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo, IL, on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Father Daniel Gifford will celebrate. The Mass will be livestreamed at www.vandemorefuneralhome.com/live-stream. Burial will follow at North Cemetery, Geneseo. A visitation will be held at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel from 9-10 a.m. prior to the funeral. Memorials may be directed to St. Malachy Catholic Church.
Bob was born in East Moline, IL, on July 3, 1925, the son of Camiel and Marie (Hermans) Verheye. He married Beverly Haxby on April 17, 1953, in Geneseo, IL. Bob served in the U.S. Navy on LST 713 during WWII, earning a Purple Heart. He worked at the Rock Island Arsenal for 30 years. He was a life member of St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo Blue Lodge, Eastern Star and the Scottish Rite. Bob was also a member of the VFW and American Legion. He was known in town as the Geneseo Candy Man, working at the candy shop until 1996.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly of Geneseo; sister, Loretta Baze; grandchildren, Jeremy and Morgan Verheye; great-grandchildren, Codi and Natalia Verheye; and brother-in-law, Leonard Lindell.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Bobby and Jerry Verheye; and sisters, Hermina Lindell and Berney Hiatt.
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St. Malachy Catholic Church
595 E. Ogden Avenue, Geneseo IL 61254