Richard Verge, age 78 of Independence, Kansas passed away on Monday, December 4, 2017 at the Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.
Celebration of Life Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 8, 2017 at the First Southern Baptist Church with the Pastor Walter Keener officiating. Burial will follow in the Harrisonville Cemetery under the direction of the Potts Chapel in Independence, Kansas.
Visitation hours will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, December 7, 2017 with the family receiving friends from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friends may sign the online register book at www.pottsfuneralhome.com.
The family has suggested memorials to the First Southern Baptist Church or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and contributions may be left at the Potts Chapel.
Richard was born September 3, 1939 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the son of William Richard and Helen Louise (Baker) Verge. The family moved to Independence, Kansas in 1950 where Richard was raised and graduated from the Independence High School in 1958. Richard was a member of the “Kayo’s Boys.” He attended Independence Junior College and worked for Firestone Tire and Rubber Company.
Richard married Carolyn James of Wayside, Kansas on September 17, 1960 two weeks after his 21st birthday. Richard started work for USD 446 in Independence in 1961 as custodian and retired as Director of Building and Grounds. The football field at Schultz Stadium was his pride and joy.
Richard & Carolyn started square dancing in 1968 and Richard began calling square dances in 1970. He called for clubs in Girard, Fredonia, Chanute, Moline, Independence, Parsons, Altamont and Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Richard belonged to the National Callers Association.
Survivors include his wife Carolyn; daughters Michelle Blankenship and Misty and husband Adam Gill; Son Richard “Rick” Verge Jr; Grandchildren Matthew and Macy Blankenship, Anthony Verge and wife Jade, Madison and Mia Verge, Emma Ingram, Kortland Verge and Menley Gill; one great grandson Asher Ingram; brothers Willis Verge and wife Georganna and Tom Verge and wife Vera. Richard was preceded in death by his daughter Marsha Verge, brother Alfred Verge, sister Martha Edwards and his parents.
Westside Steppers had great times at the annual dances in Waggoner. Richard gave us many happy hours over many years, and I always enjoyed Sunday mornings when Richard led us in worship.
Zak ManuszakWichita, KS
You will be missed.
David and Jean WasonIndependence, KS
Carolyn, & Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We Cherish our fun times with you and Richard. Please find comfort in the greater Square Dance Family. If you are ever up north stop in.
Betty & Jim Miller
Jim & Betty MillerPAOLA, KS
Prayers for you all. I have fond memories of Mr. Verge as my 9th Grade Sunday School teacher and the Summer after my Senior Year of High School when I worked for the School District on the moving crew. He will surely be missed.
Douglas Crawshaw, Sr.Pomona, KS
Praying for you and your family Anthony and Jade. Love you.
Barbara JonesOklahoma City, OK
We always enjoyed our dancing times with Richard and Carolyn. He will be missed by many. You're in our thoughts and prayers.
Mike and Sharon Harrison
Mike and Sharon HarrisonPittsburg, KS
Dear Carolyn and family,
Our hearts are broken for you and your loss. Richard was "one of a kind"; he was talented, steadfast, honest and fun. He loved his family and it showed. He loved to call square dances and it showed.
We will truly miss him as he was such a part of our hobby. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Don and Elaine Cox
Elaine CoxTulsa, OK
God Bless. May his calls be heard throughout Heaven & Earth.
Rest in peace friend
June & Pete OlsenCoffeyville, KS
I am so sorry Michelle
We will keep you in our prayers.
Judy AndrewsSand Springs, OK, OK
My thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with you and your family.
Marianne NegleyCanandaigua, NY
Carrie WagesMuskogee, OK
My condolences to the family. I will sure miss seeing Rick. He was such a great man.
Bridget HarpsterIndependence, KS
We are saddened to hear about Richard's passing. He was a good man, we remember him well and enjoyed visiting with him. Sending prayers and hugs to help all of you through the sad days ahead.
Don and Becky ReynoldsIndependence, KS
Pam McHughIndependence, KS
Thoughts and prayers are with the family. So very sorry for your loss.
Lauri ZimmermanIndependence, KS
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Praying for comfort and strength during this time and always. Keith, Tonja, Billy, Emily, Gage, Gram, Jackson and Madi.
Keith & Tonja WolfordCherryvale, KS