Verdine was born May 27, 1915, at Holstein, the son of Claus and Matilda (Rochau) Ehrp. Verdine was raised in the Holstein area and graduated from Holstein Public School in 1931. On Sept. 25, 1933, he enlisted into the U.S. Army National Guard and served until Aug. 12, 1939. During that time he moved to the Merrill area and started farming.
On Sept. 27, 1940, he married Edna Trometer at St. Paul Lutheran Church at rural Merrill. The couple farmed near Merrill until moving to the Remsen area in 1944 and retiring to Remsen in 1979. They were snowbirds in Alamo, Texas, for 22 years and made many wonderful friends.
Edna died March 2, 2008. Verdine had been a resident at Happy Siesta Health Care Center since March 23, 2011.
Verdine was a member of Christ Lutheran Church LCMS in Remsen. He held various offices at Trinity Lutheran Church rural Marcus, and was a member of a pinochle club.
He loved spending time with his family, he especially loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his two daughters, Linda Tracey and her husband, Pat of Remsen, and Connie Simmons of Denver, Colo.; five grandchildren, Kim Sparr and her husband, Mike of Remsen, Brian Tracey and his wife, Shelly of McCook Lake, S.D., Mike Simmons and his wife, Linda of Bloomfield, N.M., Jason Simmons and his wife, Kandi, and Amanda White.all of Denver, Colo.; 12 great-grandchildren, Sarah Clow and her husband, Micah, Kristin, Matthew, Brianna, Jacob, Ashley, Anthony, Amanda, Tyler, Paige, Austin and Logan; one sister, Theone Bremer and her husband, Verdean of Ida Grove; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Ehrp of Le Mars; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Lloyd Ehrp; three brothers-in-law and three sisters-in-law.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Christ Lutheran Church LCMS in Remsen, with the Rev. Duane Miesner officiating. Burial will be in the Remsen Community Cemetery. Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. today (Thursday), with a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at Christ Lutheran Church LCMS in Remsen. Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. until service time at the church Friday. Services have been entrusted to the Fisch Funeral Home & Monument of Remsen.
Casketbearers will be Tyler Tracey, Austin and Logan Sparr, Matthew, Jacob and Kristin Simmons.
Honorarybearers will be, Paige Tracey, Brianna Simmons, Sarah Clow, Anthony and Amanda Roeber, Ashley Kovarna.
Condolences may be sent online at www.fischfh.com.