Gerard Verkaik, Jr.

  • Born: September 24, 1928
  • Died: May 19, 2021
  • Location: Awendaw, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Mount Pleasant Chapel

1494 Mathis Ferry Road
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Tel. (843) 881-9293

Tribute & Message From The Family


Gerard Verkaik, Jr., 92, husband of Willy Verkaik, passed away peacefully Wednesday May 19th, 2021, at his residence in Awendaw, South Carolina.

Born September 24, 1928 in Zaandam, the Netherlands, the son of the late Gerard Verkaik and Sophia Lengwin Verkaik, he was preceded in death by his parents, sister Sophia Flood, and brothers Peter and Frank.

Gerard was a childhood survivor of World War II and the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands from 1940-1945. He served in the Dutch military from 1949-1951. He met his bride-to-be in 1949 before shipping to Indonesia to fight the communists, and upon his return, they were engaged in 1951 and married in 1953.

Gerard Verkaik attended university in the Netherlands, Canada, and Washington state from 1951-1957, studying both civil and structural engineering, and he earned two master's degrees. During that time period, he married in Holland, immigrated to Canada, then moved to Washington state to work for Boeing.

After working on the Boeing 707, he was enlisted to work in the space program and transferred to Louisiana to work on the Saturn V booster while living in Covington, LA. In 1969 he transferred to live in Fayetteville, TN, while working in Huntsville, AL, on the design of the lunar rover.

He then transferred back to Louisiana where he retired from Boeing and resided in Covington. In 1971 he started a design/build company doing both commercial and residential design and construction.

In 1980 they moved to Canon City, CO, where he started another design firm, doing both residential and commercial projects.

In 2007 he and his wife moved to Spokane, WA. In 2017 they moved to South Carolina and settled in Awendaw, SC.

He is survived by his wife, Willy Verkaik; their children, James (and Teri), Tim (and Aileen), Lisa (and Joseph) Paolino, and Nancy (and Jim) Saucier; brother Bill; 12 grandchildren, along with great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Gerard Verkaik was a believer in the Lord and is rejoicing in heaven.

Visitation will be held at the J. Henry Stuhr Funeral home located at 1494 Mathis Ferry Road in Mt. Pleasant, SC on Sunday, May 23rd, 2021 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, followed by funeral services at 4:00 pm.

If desired, donations can be made in the name of Gerard Verkaik to Lowcountry Biblical Counseling Center, www.lcbcc.org, the Lowcountry Pregnancy Center, www.lowcountrypregnancycenter.com or Colbert Elementary School, www.colbertpto.weebly.com/ways-to-give.html.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

I think Mr. V was the kindest and only true gentleman I have ever known. He was retained as the architect when the bldg. for the restaurant was being transformed. Later he was quite a frequent diner. I came to know him, and some of his family, over the years.
One day he came for lunch and he told me he had a dream that I served him espresso and ate the accompanying lemon twist. It was funny. The next time he came in and ordered the espresso after his meal I served it w/o the lemon twist and when he asked me where it was I pulled it out of my mouth! We laughed from then on about it. What fun he was! And Mrs. V too!
Condolences to the family and please hold your memories forever.

Posted by Leigh (Petit) Burke - Canon City, CO - Friend   June 02, 2021

Lisa, so sorry to hear of your Father's passing. Our thoughts and prayer's are with you, your Mother, Joey and your kids.

Posted by Cliff Riggs and Stephanie Stumph-Nagel - Friend   May 31, 2021

I have fond memories of Gerard and Willy of their time in Canon City and building their home on a chunk of the Nash Ranch. Gerard would often visit my parents and visa versa. What a fun, intelligent person to be around. Always a smile and kind word for a person or a situation. May all the great memories help Willy and family through a difficult time.

Posted by Biddy Nash Holloway - Friend   May 28, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. My memories working for Mr Gerard through the years and being part of the Verkaik family is a blessing to me. I can't even begin to express my love for all of you.

Posted by Jody Fields - Friend   May 28, 2021

Sending our condolences for your loss. Although it has been many years since I had seen Gerard, I remember many great times that he and my father shared over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Verkaik family during this difficult time.

Danny

Posted by Danny Tezak - Canon City, CO - Acquaintance   May 27, 2021


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