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JEFFREY LYNN VELDE Jeffrey Lynn Velde, 70, died September 25, 2012 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach. Mr. Velde was born in Peoria, Illinois, September 23, 1942 and grew up in Bradford, Illinois. He moved to Pekin, Illinois and went to college at Southern Illinois University and during this time started his career in the car business with his father, Lynn Velde. He met his wife Patty and they were married on April 8, 1967. They have two daughters, Carri and Tricia. The Veldes moved to Vero Beach in July of 1976 and purchased Arnold Ford, which later became Velde Ford. Originally located at 1395 US 1, in 1999 they purchased and renovated the original Wal- Mart building at the corner of Indian River Boulevard and US #1, where they are still located today. Mr. Velde was an active supporter of the Vero Beach community, whether it was sponsoring the local little league or supporting the Vero Beach Fighting Indians. He joined the National Hot Rod Association in 1969 and started his drag racing career in the Stock classes advancing through Super Stock, competition and eventually the Pro- Stock Division. During this time he won numerous awards and set records which eventually led to his induction to the NHRA Hall of Fame in 2008. Mr. Velde had a passionate love for golf, where he was a member of Bent Pine Golf Club, and a Golden Chief booster for the FSU Seminoles, attending as many home games as he could each season. Survivors include his wife Patty Velde of Vero Beach, daughters Carri (Joe) Grass of St. Augustine and Tricia Velde of Vero Beach, brother Gary Velde of Vero Beach, sisters Kimberly Monroy of Boca Raton and Jennifer Velde of Orlando. Grandchildren: Jacob and Carson Grass; Zander, Tanner and Chandler Velde. Mr. Velde was preceded in death by his father, Lynn Velde, mother, Sylvia Velde and infant daughter, Stacy Lynn Velde. Contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. SERVICE: A Celebration of his Life will be held 2:00pm Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at Central Assembly of God, Vero Beach with the Rev. Larry Boan officiating. Arrangements by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory Vero Beach. An online guestbook is available at www.strunkfuneralhome.com Paid Obituary
Published in the TC Palm on Sept. 30, 2012