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Martin William Verville
Funeral Time: Saturday, September 18th at 11:00AM
Martin William Verville, 79, passed away at home in Lexington, Kentucky with family by his side on September 13, 2021 after a courageous two-and-a-half-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Marty was born on June 10th, 1942 to the late Clarence Verville and Violet (Menghini) Verville in Iron River, Michigan. After graduating from Iron River High School, he chose to serve his country and joined the United States Air Force. After four years of honorable service, which included duty in England, he left the Air Force with the primary goal of pursuing a college education. He settled in Kenosha, Wisconsin where he met and fell in love with his future wife, Kathryn (Kay) Anderson. They had a daughter, Kirsten, and two sons, Justin and Brock. While working in an executive position for a company in Columbus, Ohio, with three small children, he achieved his goal and earned a bachelor’s degree from Capital University in 1983. His subsequent goal became to provide the opportunity and encouragement for each of his three children to one day graduate college – a goal he also achieved.
He was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church, faithfully serving and eventually being recognized as the Faithful Navigator for the 7736 Council and the Grand Knight and 4th Degree Knight for the 2112 Assembly with the Knights of Columbus in Mansfield, Texas. His faith never wavered, through to the very end.
He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing – especially trout fishing on the Paint River in the “U.P.” of Michigan. He also enjoyed woodworking and watching the University of Michigan football team and the Detroit Tigers, Lions, Pistons and Red Wings – a tradition he dutifully learned from his father and passed on to his children.
However, nothing on this earth was more important to him than his family. The love he had for his entire family that eventually included 10 grandchildren, was immeasurable. He was willing to make any sacrifice to ensure the well-being and success of those closest to him. His greatest joy was to be with his grandchildren – not even pancreatic cancer could suppress the smiles that each of his grandchildren brought out in him.
Life without him will be difficult, but the family is comforted knowing that his suffering is over and with the unshakable belief that we will one day be reunited in heaven.
Marty is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kathryn Verville, daughter, Kirsten Smith (Dave Doyle), sons, Justin Verville (Laura) and Brock Verville, grandchildren, Douglas Smith, Peyton Smith, Paige Smith, Shayla Doyle, Landon Verville, Lillian Sperling, Teddy Verville, Everett Verville, Emiliana Verville, and Claire Verville, sisters Marlene Verville, Maxine Verville, Lynda Preston, brother, Geron Verville (Claudia), 9 nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins, grand and great-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Scott Verville and David Verville.
A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 601 Hill N Dale Rd., Lexington, KY. Visitation will be 5-8 pm Friday, September 17th at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home-Harrodsburg Road. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Lexington, Kentucky (www.mqhr.org).