Funeral services for William "Bill" Vermeulen, 65, of Nacogdoches, will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at Oak Grove Church-Mosaic. Interment will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, July 16, 2021, at Laird Funeral Home.
Regardless of vaccination status, to honor Bill's family, we ask that everyone wear a mask.
Mr. Vermeulen passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021, in Nacogdoches. He was born on December 28, 1955, in Paterson, New Jersey.
William “Bill” Vermeulen passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021, in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born on December 28, 1955, in Paterson, New Jersey to William and Gladys Vermeulen.
Bill grew up in New Jersey and graduated from East Christian High School and attended Calvin College. He was always an active man throughout his life and ran cross-country while in high school. Bill was an avid cyclist throughout his life. He enjoyed riding through East Texas and did competitive riding in Texas, Arkansas, Michigan and Colorado participating in “Ride the Rockies” for seven years. As a part of the Nacogdoches Bike Club he served as the ride director for several years. Besides cycling, he also enjoyed geocaching, camping, bird watching, and games of all kinds. He was an outgoing man who was always busy with something outdoors or spending time with his family. Family was the MOST important thing in his life; no road trip was ever too far to spend time with family.
Bill and Mary met at church and were married on March 6, 1998, for 23 wonderful years. Bill was a man of strong faith who spent many years teaching the Word of God. He was a counselor at a Christian boy’s camp for 30 years and a Sunday School teacher for school aged boys for 25 years. He was well known for his generous heart, dedication, and perseverance. Bill always tried to do the right thing for his family and support each of his children. One of his favorite sayings was “You do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do”. He fully supported his four children that served in the military and was incredibly proud of their sacrifice. Bill taught his children and grandchildren how to play games to win and they learned the satisfaction of an earned victory rather than it being handed to them. Bill would jam out to 80’s Rock-N-Roll music while on long road trips. Bill loved coffee, Braum’s Ice Cream, and his very own secret recipe Frappuccino’s. He was also known as the Neighborhood Grandpa because he was so great with children, and they were always welcome in his home.
Bill is survived by his parents, William and Gladys Vermeulen; wife, Mary Vermeulen; daughters, Emily Vermeulen, Bonnie Vermeulen, Noah-Beth Vermeulen-Chapa and wife, Jeanette; sons, Asa Vermeulen and wife, Jillian, Timothy Wilson and wife, Amber, Joshua Wilson, and Brett Wilson and wife, Abigail; brothers, Doug Vermeulen and wife, Sue, Tim Vermeulen and wife, Gaby, and David Vermeulen and wife, Mary; grandchildren, Malachi and Billy Vermeulen; Marley, Vivienne, Cypress, and Fern Vermeulen; Levi, David, Trinity, and Hadassa Wilson; Ransom, Tabitha, and Justice Wilson; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Bill is preceded in death by his sister, Sandi Vermeulen. One of Bill’s favorite verses was: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pineywoods Camp's "Bill Vermeulen Scholarship Fund". Checks should be made payable to Pineywoods Camp with Bill Vermeulen Scholarship Fund on the memo line. Address: PO Box 133, Woodlake, TX 75865.
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