Oct. 31, 1916-Oct. 20, 2013
MARSHALL - Mass of Christian Burial for William "Bill" Versaevel, 96, of Marshall, will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. Visitation will be Monday from 4-8 p.m. with a CCW Rosary at 4 p.m. and a Parish Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at Rehkamp - Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall. Visitation will continue from 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Military Rites performed by U.S. American Legion Post 113 of Marshall and VFW Post 742 of Marshall.
Bill died on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Avera Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall.
William George Versaevel was born Oct. 31, 1916, on the family farm in Stanley Township to Leon Cornelius and Eugenia (Valleys) Versaevel. He grew up and attended rural schools. Bill served in the U.S. Army from July 1942-November 1945. He served in Europe under General Patton as part of the 3rd Army, 95th Infantry Division. As part of his service, he was the recipient of several decorations including the Bronze Star, Infantry Badge and three Battle Stars. After his honorable discharge, Bill returned to Southwest Minnesota. He was united in marriage to Clarice Boerboom on Feb. 27, 1946, at St. Eloi Catholic Church in Ghent. Bill was a farmer at heart. He farmed near Cottonwood and Marshall his whole life. In 1990, the couple moved to Marshall. He enjoyed bus trips and two special trips to Europe on the 50th anniversary of World War II. He was a member of Holy Redeemer Church, American Legion Post 113, VFW Post 742 and the adult community center. Bill was most passionate about spending time with family and visiting with people.
He is survived by his wife, Clarice, of Marshall, children Ken (and Sue) of Marshall, Leon (and Vicki) of Marshall, Eileen (and Bruce) Fuhrmann of Marshall, Mary (and Mark) Miller of Mankato, Delores (and Al) Fricke of Worthington, Tom (and Shelly) of Marshall, Joe (and Karen) of Marshall, 20 grandchildren, many great -grandchildren, sisters-in-law Rita Versaevel, Peg Boerboom and Ida Louwagie, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Henry, Emily Brosseau, Raymond, twin brother Frank, and Oscar.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to future construction of a Veteran's Memorial at Memorial Park in Marshall.