John Fuller Vermilya

July 19, 1919December 10, 2012

John Fuller Vermilya age 93, of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 3:39 P.M. on Monday, December 10, 2012 at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville. John was born in Wood County, Ohio, outside Bowling Green, July 19, 1919 and grew up on the family farm. John is survived by his daughter, Joanne Vermilya MacArthur; son, John Michael Vermilya; grandchildren, Dawn Buchanan, Hillary (John) Senediak, Jocelyn (Robb) Carter and J. Eric (Sarah) Vermilya; six great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth; and was beloved by all. John is preceded in death by his wife, Miriam, and by two brothers and one sister. As a young adult, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was trained first as a pilot, then a flight instructor. When he was released from service, he attended college at Bowling Green University, Bluffton College, and The Ohio State University, eventually earning his Masters in Agriculture Economics. John was an Associate Professor for the Extension Service of The Ohio State University, Montgomery Co. 4-H Agent for twenty-two years and Darke County Agricultural Agent for ten years. He was also affiliated with many local organizations, including: the Clayton Just-a-Mere Grange, Farm Bureau Federation, Englewood Conservancy, MVCTC Planning Board, Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Clayton United Methodist Church, Darke County Red Cross Board (10 years), Darke County Emergency Management Commission (10 years), Greenville Kiwanis, Wayne Lakes Incorporation Board and Council (10 years), and two county planning commissions (32 years). He donated blood willingly and often for a total of approximately six gallons. His wit and wisdom will be sorely missed by all who knew him. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, January 13, 2012 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Barbara Armentrout officiating. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial Contributions may be made to The Brethren Retirement Community or to the Clayton United Methodist Church.


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Eric Gerstner

December 16, 2012

Your dad will be missed. I know that both my dad (Paul Gerstner) and I enjoyed going fishing with him and the guys up in Canda. My mom (Kay Gerstner) enjoyed his company for many years as part of the "Extension Has-Beens" group that would dine together several times a year. My earliest memory of John was on our trip to the National Convention in Atlanta. He rode in the car with us to it. I think that I was 7.

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December 15, 2012

My parents, Norman and Catherine Arnold, spoke often of John and Miriam. They loved getting together for the retired county agents monthly luncheon where John would tease that Miami County had more crime reported in the paper than Dark Co. Suzanne Arnold Scranton Troy, Ohio

December 15, 2012

I was lucky enough to call John my friend. My wife and I joined Clayton United Methodist Church a few months ago, and John sat in the pew right right behind us on Sundays. I knew John to be a dear, humble man who seemed to know a lot about everything we talked about. Now having read John's profile I think I better understand just how brilliant a man he truly was. My one comfort is knowing exactly where John is now. For John's family, and especially for Joanne, know that you are in our prayers and if we can do anything please ask. My deepest regrets, Billy Davis

December 13, 2012

My early years in Extension work were inspired by knowing and working with John. I was the 4-h Agent in Pike Co. in the 1960's Later moving to Dayton with the Five Rivers MetroParks staff, I did a lot of judging for John at the Mont. Co. Fair. Dane & Priscilla Mutter, Dayton , Ohio

Linda Helm Scott

December 13, 2012

He was a kind and funny man 50 years ago at 4H Camp in Clarksville.

Christina Chalmers

December 12, 2012

Thank you to John for all his years of service to the Kiwanis club. He will be truly missed.

Diane Johnson

December 12, 2012

John was my mentor and good friend throughout my career with Ohio State University Extension. I spoke with him last week and planned to pick him up for lunch on Friday. I will miss John, his great stories, and mostly his friendship.

Joe Payne

December 12, 2012

I ate lunch every Wednesday with John at Greenville Kiwanis for the past 6 years. I never thought last Wednesday would be the last Kiwanis meeting with him. He was a good man, full of knowledge, and a real gentleman. He loved going to Kiwanis and he added a lot to the club. He helped out to the very end of his life. My condolences to the family. Joe Payne