Brian G. Verhey, 57, passed away
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at his residence in Santa Cruz, CA. Funeral services
were held Saturday, Jan. 26, at Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Pella. In
honor of Brian, purple clothing was preferred. The family prefers memorial
contributions to Hope Ministries.
Brian Gerry Verhey was born June
23, 1961, at Grinnell. He was the third of four children born to Ben and Joann
Darlene (Van Rees) Verhey. Brian received his formal education at Sully
Christian School and Lynnville-Sully High School, graduating with the Class of
1979. Brian was active in the marching band as a bass drummer during these
He moved out west and worked in
construction in Colorado and New Mexico, before returning to Iowa where he
began a 20-year career as a truck driver for his uncle at Rees Lease and later
for Napa Auto Parts. Brian then worked in maintenance for Walmart, Pella
Regional Health Center, and lastly for the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.
Brian married the love of his
life, Karmen Joyce Moorman, on July 20, 2005. They began an adventure together
that would take them to almost every corner of the United States. Karmen worked
as a traveling nurse, taking contracts every six months, which allowed them to
move and explore the country. They made their home in the Midwest mostly in the
summers and warmer climates during the winter. Brian and Karmen loved their
time in California especially. Together they attended many state fairs, MLB
baseball games, and loved the beauty of our National Parks. Brian loved Glacier
National Park, Lake Tahoe, and their walks together on the beach. They led a
blessed life together. Brian was a fun-loving “house Mom” and a wonderful uncle
to his nieces and nephews.
In November 2018, Karmen took a
contract nurse job in Santa Cruz, CA, where on Saturday, Jan. 19, Brian passed
away unexpectedly at their home.
Those left to celebrate his
wonderful life are: His wife, Karmen (Moorman) Verhey; mother, Joann Verhey of
Pella; three sisters, Kathy (Duane) Heyveld of Pella, Connie (Mark) Roozeboom
of Pella, and Kim (Brian) Ede of Staunton, VA; mother-in-law, Marlene Moorman
of Newton; three brothers-in-law, Kevin (Lori) Moorman, Kendall (Natalie)
Moorman, Kent (Debby) Moorman, all of Baxter; and sister-in-law, Kathie
(Carlton) Saunders of Cedar Rapids; along with several nieces and nephews and
great-nieces and great-nephews.
Brian was preceded in death by
his father, Ben Verhey; his father-in-law, Bennie Moorman; and nephew, Jacob