There is no death. Only a change of worlds.
- Chief Seattle
  • Born on March 17, 1933 .
  • Passed away on December 19, 2018 .

We have created this memorial website to celebrate the life of Patrick Verfurth. It is intended to be a "living document" with memories being contributed by family members under the "LIFE" section and a chance for friends to share stories or shorter musings under "STORIES" or below under "TRIBUTES".  We welcome you to share your memories, feelings, thoughts, and inspirations as they relate to Pat and your relationship with him. Even pictures and videos can be added!  

As a way of honoring Pat's memory and supporting a worthy cause that is very personal to our family (2 young men with Type 1 diabetes!) we are hosting a Go Fund Me with all proceeds going to the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).  The JDRF supports research aimed at a cure for Type 1 Diabetes as well as ways to improve the daily lives of Type 1's.

Donations (tax-deductible) may be made online here: www.gofundme.com/pat-verfurth      Alternately you can send your donation to Marti or give at Pat's "Celebration of Life" memorial.  Thank you.

Now on to the man's story!......

OBITUARY

Written by Marti, Katrina, and Julie

Patrick was born March 17, 1933 to Mary Lee and Henry Verfurth on a farm in Billings, Missouri where he spent his childhood.He attended high school at Subiaco Academy in Arkansas and graduated in 1951. He attended Southwest Missouri University earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Math with a minor in Business.He served in the US Army and was stationed in Panama for 2 years. He worked for the Small Business Administration of the US Government for 35 years.

He married his childhood friend Martha (Marti) Netzer on September 2, 1961 and moved to Alabama for Pat’s job. They lived in Birmingham, Arab, and Huntsville during the years they were in Alabama.

In 1965 they welcomed their first daughter Katrina to the family. Then Pat’s job took him to Utah where they settled in Roy. Shortly after arriving in Utah they welcomed their second daughter Julie in December of 1968.They spent the next 24 years in Utah working and raising their family.

Pat retired in December 1989. In 1991 they left Utah to move to South Bend, Indiana for Marti’s work. They spent 5 years there and then Marti’s work took them to Lynn Haven, Florida. They stayed there for 2 years and then decided that they wanted to be closer to their daughters and to return to the wide-open spaces of the West. So they moved to Henderson, Nevada in December of 2000 where they made many new friends and enjoyed good times throughout the years.

Nature was a constant inspiration for Pat: sunrise, mountains, snow, rain showers, storms, sunsets and the cosmos. He liked the challenge of skiing, golfing and biking, participating in several Triathlons.He enjoyed water sports, swimming laps almost daily for 45 years, accumulating Red Cross recognition and awards.Certified in scuba diving at the age of 60, he enjoyed numerous diving trips with Marti and their Feral Divers Club friends. His travels took him to all 50 states in the US, often to visit family and friends, as well as to several countries around the world, including Mexico, Canada, Israel, Egypt, India, China, Fiji, Palau, Indonesia, Mauritius, South America and many of the Caribbean islands.

When at home he enjoyed feeding and watching the hummingbirds that befriended him, spotting coyotes and road runners, owls and other wildlife. His main hobbies were gardening, listening to music, reading the paper, doing sudoku puzzles and honing his cooking skills.An avid sports fan, he particularly enjoyed following his favorite football team: Notre Dame.

Pat passed away early in the morning of December 19, 2018 after a year of progressive health issues.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marti, two daughters: Katrina Meehan of San Diego and Julie Verfurth (Scott Weinberg) of Portland, Oregon, and four grandchildren: Shannon Meehan Olmos (Raymond), Jessica Meehan, and Kevin Meehan of San Diego and Elliot Weinberg of Portland.

Also surviving are his siblings William/Bill Verfurth (JoAnn) of Billings, Missouri, Virginia Reichert of Springfield, Missouri and Mary Hillhouse of Bloomington, Illinois, as well as 12 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an older brother, Robert (Bob) Verfurth and two brothers-in-law, Jerry Hillhouse and Charles Reichert.

Pat lived a full life.  He was blessed to have many friends and a loving family.  He was fortunate to have a rewarding career, an early retirement, and the opportunity to pursue a diverse array of interests and travel.  He connected well with people wherever he went and liberally shared both his humor and his kindness.  He will be missed profoundly.




Posted by Lori DeRome on March 17, 2019
I was lucky to have grown up with Pat's light hearted "off-the- wall" sense of humor. Julie and I were best friends and went to St Joe's Grade School and High School together for 12 years, so I was at their house in Roy, UT as often as possible. I remember Pat's warm eyes and kind face, and how hilarious it was when he imitated sweet Daisy the Beagle's robust "BARK!" He often called us "a bunch of giggly girls" and I was so honored to have him nickname me " Noisy"!! :D  It was always clear how much he loved his family.
I hope my dad and Pat are getting to hang out these days, catching up and looking out for their families from Heaven. God bless you, Pat!  Love and hugs to Marti, Katrina, and Julie. I am looking forward to seeing you all on March 30!!
Posted by Sam Lovelace on February 20, 2019
We met Pat and Marti (our next door neighbors) in Aug. 1966 in Huntsville, AL. They still are the most wonderful neighbors we have ever had!!! Shared many meals with them. Saw them in 2001 for their 40th anniversary party. We love them and will miss Pat. He was a wonderful fun loving guy and friend!
We love you Marti, Katrina, Julie and family!
Sam and Pat Lovelace

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