IRON RIVER – Wilfred L. “Curly” Verville, 89, of Iron River, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at Northstar Health System.
He was born Nov. 25, 1923, in Iron River, the son of the late Louis and Christina (Carrier) Verville. He attended the Iron River Schools, graduating with the class of 1942. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
On Nov. 17, 1945, he married the former Elizabeth “Betty” Treon at St. Dennis Church in Versailles, Ohio, and the couple made their home in Iron River. Betty preceded him in death in 1998.
Curly was employed by the Inland Steel Mining Co. as an underground miner at the Sherwood Mine for 37 years, also serving as a mine rescue team member, and was a member of the United Steel Workers of America. In 1941 he started working at the Buchanan Funeral Home, and later worked for Duvall Funeral Home, and then Jacobs Funeral Home.
Curly has a registered scouting history of more than 80 years, joining scouting as a boy in 1932. He has been with the St. Agnes Troop since 1945, and hasn’t missed a council scout camp summer session since that time. He also attended Philmonth Scout Ranch, three National Scout Jamborees, four National Order of the Arrow Conferences, and has held every office in the District Level. His rich scouting history includes awards as Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver Award, District Award of Merit, Woodbadge Training, Den Leaders Coach Training Award, Den Leaders Training Award, Order of the Arrow Distinguish Award, Scouter’s Key, Scouter’s Training Award, Cubber’s Key, Cub Scout Training Award, Commissioner’s Arrowhead Award, Ad Altre Dei Award, St. George Award, Pope Pious Award, Paul Bunyan Award, Peter McLaren Axman Award (first in the state), Virgil Member Ag-Im Lodge 156 Order of the Arrow, Past Lodge Advisor, and Department of Michigan American Legion Square Knot Award.
A pillar of the community and a very service minded individual, he gave service in many areas. He was a member (retired) of the Iron River Volunteer Fire Department, past president of the Iron County Firefighters Association, and a member of the U.P. Volunteer Firemen’s Association. A member of the American Heart Association, he served as an American Red Cross first aid instructor, C.P.R. instructor trainer, a West Side Ambulance coordinator, and Michigan Ambulance attendant for 15 years. He also served as Justice of the Peace for Iron River City for five years.
He was a Past Chef De Gere of 40 et 8 Voiture 1074 of Iron County, past commander Iron County Association of American Legion Post, past first vice commander of the American Legion U.P. Association, past commander of Sons of the Legion Squadron 17, and past commander of Alfred Branchini Post 17 (he was a life member of that post), and was also a life member of V.F.W. Post 3134.
He was also a member of the American Legion Press Association, 40 et 8 Voiture Locale 659 of Iron Mountain, Knights of Columbus Council 2300, Michigan Sheriff’s Association, AARP of West Iron County 4450, National Audubon Society, National Arbor Day Foundation, National Geographic Society, charter member of the Iron County Historical Museum Society, and former member of the Elks, the Eagles, and the West Side Lions Club.
A member of St. Agnes Catholic Church of Iron River, he served as an usher for more than 41 years and was past president of St. Agnes Holy Name Men’s Club. Curly’s final contribution to the community was the donation of his home and assorted belongings to Habitat for Humanity.
In addition to his wife, he was also preceded in death by an infant brother, William; and his sister, Theresa (Jerry) Serbinski.
Curly is survived by three children, Myron (Nancy) Verville of Rochester, Mich., Patricia (Joseph) Calderaro of Wausau, Wis., and Louis (Louise) Verville of Gwinn; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m at the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.
The Iron Range Firemen’s Association will do a walk through at the visitation.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at noon at St. Agnes Catholic Church of Iron River, with Rev. Gregory Veneklase to offer the Mass of Christian Burial.
Interment will be in Resthaven Cemetery, Iron River, in the spring, with the West Side Veterans to accord military rites at the graveside.
The family suggests donations to a local charity.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Wilfred L. “Curly” Verville online at www.jacobsfuneralhomeir.com.
Funeral arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.