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Robert Verhille, 83
by Report submitted · October 12th, 2017

Robert W. Verhille, 83, of Marion, Iowa, and Rio Verde, Arizona, passed away on October 3, 2017. A Parish Vigil Service will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion. Following the Vigil Service, the family will greet friends until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday October, 13, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion. There will be a reception at Hunters Ridge Lodge in Marion immediately following Funeral Mass.

Bob was born on November 20, 1933, in Ames, Iowa, to Walter and Gwendolyn (Graves) Verhille. He spent his childhood in Ottumwa, Iowa. Bob graduated from the University of Iowa in 1955, with a Bachelor's degree in Business. On June 21, 1958, he married Betty (Boyer) Verhille in Creston, Iowa. They had two sons, James and David, and one daughter, Elisa.

Bob was an inspiring example of a successful businessman who generously gave his time and talents for the benefit of others. Through his career in the insurance industry, to his beloved University of Iowa to Mercy Medical Center, to his community and to his family, he made a difference in many lives. His awards and positions show the diversity of his interests and causes.

He served on the Board of Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, as a member of The Archdiocese of Dubuque Finance Committee, Priority One Economic Development Past Chairman, Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Past Chairman, University of Iowa Foundation Past Chairman, Regis High School Board of Education Past President, Junior Achievement Past President, Family Service Agency Past Chairman, United Way of East Central Iowa Past Director, and Hawkeye Area Boy Scouts Past Board Member.

Bob was honored for his professional and volunteer efforts including the Business Hall of Fame, Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa; Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame; Huebner Gold Medal recipient from The American College of Bryn Mawr; Million Dollar Round Table Honor Roll; John Newton Russell Award from the National Association of Life Underwriters; GAMA International Management Hall of Fame; Newell C. Day Award from the Iowa Association of Life Underwriters, Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant from The American College.

He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, past member of the Cedar Rapids Country Club, Indian Creek Country Club and Rio Verde Country Club. He was a developer and owner of Hunters Ridge Golf Course.

Lake Macbride was a very special home for Bob and Betty; they and their drooling black lab, Hawkeye, made many special memories with family and friends. Bob and Betty had a very close group of college friends which started with Betty and her nursing colleagues. These six couples have continued a strong connection through the years with more than 27 trips taken together all over the world. So many dear friends have gone before Bob, but always the positive man, he knew he would see them again. Over the past 10 years, Bob took his Hawkeye spirit to the wonderfully social community of Rio Verde, Arizona.

Bob was a husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, caregiver, advocate and ally. He was considered by many as a wise and trusted counsel, a difference maker, a leader, with a great sense of humor. As a cribbage shark, hunter, walleye assassin, or golfer, Bob was competitive and loved to tease whoever he played. He wanted you to have fun. In business, he was a trail blazer, an influencer, an inspiring role model with amazing financial acumen. He was always compassionate, generous, kind, respectful and well respected. And, when all that was done - a world explorer, very loyal Hawkeye, devoted Catholic and humble but proud man from Iowa.

Bob was preceded in death by both his parents; his wife, Betty; son, James; and sister, Mary Ann Carr. He was survived by his son, David and his wife Sue Verhille; his daughter, Elisa Verhille; four wonderful grandchildren, Daniel Verhille and his friend Alicia Kramme, Ben Verhille and his friend Maddy LeDoux, Andrew Verhille and Robby Verhille; and his brother, Don (Pam) Verhille. Bob had many nephews and nieces who loved their Uncle Bob.

The quality of a man's life is measured by how deeply he has touched the lives of others. Bob touched many.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to UI Foundation - ASOON Nursing Scholarship or to Mercy Medical Center Foundation.

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