Hugh C. Vermilya, 95, of St. Charles, died Tuesday morning, Feb. 11, 2014, at Golden Living Center in St. Charles.
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Hugh was born Sept. 2, 1918, to Ervin and Mary (Bateman) Vermilya at the family farm near Little Valley. He graduated from Plainview High School. Following high school, Hugh attended the University of Minnesota Ag School for 1-1/2 years before enlisting in the United States Army. During World War II, he served as a gunner on a B-17, having flown 35 missions over Germany, with his plane being shot down once. Hugh married Thersa Kahring on June 2, 1946. They farmed near Little Valley until moving south of Dover to farm in 1949 and farmed there until their retirement.
Hugh enjoyed going to auctions to invest in antique bowls and pitchers. He enjoyed his many horses and was known as a "very competitive" card player. Hugh and Thersa loved to go dancing at Pla-Mor in Rochester.
Survivors include his wife, Thersa; two children, Jim (Sue) Vermilya of St. Charles and Janith Mary (James) Jacobson of Howard Lake; three grandchildren, Dave, Steve and Kate; two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Katelyn with another grandson coming soon. He is also survived by a sister, Betty Boelter of Rochester.
Hugh was preceded in death by a sister, Doris.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Faith Lutheran Church in St. Charles, with the Rev. Steven McGinley officiating. Burial will be in Little Valley Cemetery in the spring.
Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Hoff Funeral Service in St. Charles. They may also call one hour before services at the church.
Please share a memory of Hugh online at hofffuneral.com.
Hoff Funeral Home Saint Charles Chapel
519 St. Martin Ave
Saint Charles, MN 55972
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Feb. 12, 2014