Gary Lee Verplank, age 78, of Spring Lake passed away Monday, February 11, 2019. He was born July 8, 1940, in Grand Haven to Vernon and Lydia (Secory) Verplank. He was proud to be the fourth generation of his family to live and work in the Tri-Cities.
On December 29, 1970, he eloped with Victoria Bruhn in San Juan, Puerto Rico, who preceded him in death in 2014. Gary is survived by their three children: Tony (Monica) Verplank of Spring Lake, Ashley Verplank McClelland of Seattle, Wash., and Kyle (Samantha) Verplank of Spring Lake; six grandchildren: Roan, Brooklyn, Hunter, Rourke, Rhodes and Sullivan. He is also survived by a brother, L.J. “Midge” Verplank, and sister Joyce Hatton, sisters-in-law Shirlee Achterhof and Marilouise (Dennis Farmer) Reuterdahl, brothers-in-law Fred Bruhn and Joe (Carole) Bruhn, and many nieces and nephews. In recent years, he enjoyed spending time with special friend Julia Van Domelen of Naples, Florida.