William Remmes


William Remmes, 84, of Vermillion, passed away in his home on Oct. 2, 2011.

Bill was born Feb. 16, 1927 in Charter Oak, IA to Bernhard and Verna (Staley) Remmes. 

After his graduation from Charter Oak High School, he joined the Army Air Corps for nine months and then served in the Marine Corps from 1945-1946 as a corporal.  When WWII ended he attended the University of Iowa where he ran on the track team.  He joined the ROTC and was commissioned lieutenant for the US Army after graduating from the university.  He then served in the Army during the Korean War in aerial reconnaissance, and after two years, he returned to Charter Oak to run an insurance agency and income tax service.

He married Geraldine Heine in St. Helena on August 1, 1961, and moved to Vermillion from Fort Dodge, IA in 1972.

He was a member of the American Legion, VFW and the Knights of Columbus, and served on the SESDAC board and the Vermillion Hospital board.  He was an active member of St. Agnes Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Geri of Vermillion; four sons, Dominic (Jennifer) of Galesburg, IL, Paul of Chicago, IL, Mathew (Christine) of Lisle, IL and Ryan (Tisha) of Omaha, NE.  Also surviving are two daughters, Jeanne (Paul) Ives of Wheaton, IL and Sarah (Tom) Taggart of Vermillion; and 19 grandchildren.  He is also survived by three brothers, Fr. Richard Remmes of Arcadia, IA, Leo (Ruth) Remmes of Denison, IA, Joe Remmes of Omaha, NE; and three sisters, Jean  Remmes of Denison, Helen (Al) Steele of Olathe, KS, Cathy Jessen of Denison, and sisters-in-law Marian Remmes of Ames, IA and Colleen Schaben of Omaha.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, James, John and Tom; a sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Blackie Mechura; and a grandchild, Mark Anthony Ives.

A rosary was held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the St. Agnes Catholic Church with a Memorial Mass at 5 p.m. and burial following in the Calvary Cemetery in Vermillion. hansenfuneralhome.com.

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