Jeffrey David Vereecke

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Jeffrey David Vereecke, 52, of Adrian, Mich., went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday, July 21, 2014, at the Hospice of Lenawee Home, surrounded by his wife and children. Jeff was born on Oct. 4, 1961, in Adrian, to George and Diana (Fogelsong) Vereecke. On Aug. 6, 1983, he married the love of his life, Karen Deatrick, and she survives.

He graduated from Morenci High School with the Class of 1979, then attended Grand Valley State University, graduating in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance. Jeff worked at First Federal Bank for 30 years, first in Defiance, then in Adrian as northern market area president.

Jeff accepted Christ and became a child of the Father in November 1986. He was a God-loving, people-loving man, a faithful husband and father of seven.

He was an active member in both the Defiance and Adrian communities, chairing Relay for Life for three years and serving on the boards of the Adrian Symphony Orchestra, Hospice of Lenawee, Boys and Girls Club of Lenawee, Lenawee Economic Development Coalition, United Way of Lenawee and Defiance, and the Promedica/Bixby Foundation. He also served as a volunteer coach with Northwest Ohio Christian Home Educators.

He enjoyed outdoor sports, swimming, time with family, traveling, northern Michigan vacations, cooking with family, church activities, and University of Michigan sports. He was a member of Grace Point Evangelical Free Church, Lenawee Country Club, Christian Family Centre, and the American Cancer Society.

Jeff is also survived by seven children, Adam, Alyssa (Jacob) Shumaker, Austin, Aubrey, Alexis, Anna, and Ashla, all of Adrian; his parents, George and Diana Vereecke of Morenci; his sisters, Melony (Alan) VanBrandt of Morenci, Vandria (Doug) Bower of Coldwater, Mich., and Tonia (Dan) Hoffman of Morenci; and nieces, nephews, and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Ashlee Nicole.

Funeral services for Jeff were held Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Grace Point Evangelical Free Church. Burial followed at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Jeff Vereecke Family Fund at any First Federal Bank, Hospice of Lenawee, Youth With a Mission, or the MPN Foundation (

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Published in Fulton County Expositor and Swanton Enterprise from July 23 to July 24, 2014
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