Cornelius Verhey, 89, Beaver Creek, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2015, at his home.
A memorial service was Monday, Nov. 23, at Hartquist Funeral Home in Luverne with burial at Beaver Creek Cemetery.
Cornelius “Cornie” Verhey was born Sept. 30, 1926, to Klaas and Lucretia (Van Dis) Verhey in Rock County. He attended school through the eighth grade and then went to work on the farm with his dad. Cornie was drafted into the United States Army and served in Germany during World War II. Following his honorable discharge from the service, he returned home and began farming.
On Dec. 17, 1955, Cornie married Lavonne Bjerk at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Hills. They farmed in Beaver Creek Township before moving to Beaver Creek in 1962. Cornie worked construction for five years before becoming a custodian at the Hills-Beaver Creek Elementary School. A few years later he purchased a semitrailer and began his own trucking company, Verhey Trucking. In 1975 he began working at the Sioux Falls Stockyards in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, until his retirement in 1991. He then worked part time at the rest area. He enjoyed gardening.
Cornie is survived by three sons, Cornell Verhey, Beaver Creek, Robert (Barb) Verhey, Luverne, and Rodney (Cami) Verhey, Hills; nine grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lavonne; a son, Vincent Verhey; his parents, Klaas and Lucretia Verhey; and siblings John Verhey, Frank Verhey and Plona Cupery.
Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.