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Lloyd Verhage


January 30, 2020

Lloyd K. Verhage, 81, of Manhattan, died Jan. 21, 2020, at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Kan.

He was born Dec. 16, 1938, in Jewell County,, the son of Martin J. and Marcial (Lessenden) Verhage.

Lloyd graduated from Jewell County High School, earned an associate degree in San Marcos, Calif., and then a master’s from Kansas State University in civil engineering and human resources.

He served for 32 years in the United States Navy and retired in 1987 at the rank of Lt. Commander. He had received the Good Conduct Medal (4), Navy Unit Commendation (2), Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal ( 5 awards with One Silver Star), Navy Achievement Medal (W/”V”), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Navy Commendation Medal (3), Sea Service Deployment Award, and was initiated into the Loyal and Trusty Order of Shellbacks.

Lloyd was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Manhattan, a Life Member of the DAV and was proud of his military service.

On June 17, 1959, in Hayss, he was married to Erma L. Walters. Mrs. Verhage preceded him in death on Nov. 16, 2015. He was also preceded in death by his parents and by two brothers, Richard and Merrill.

Survivors include his three children: Lloyd Paul Verhage of Wilder, Idaho, Gabriel Michael Verhage of Perris, Calif., and Mary Kathrine Riley and her husband, Terrance, of Orinda, Calif .; three grandchildren; two sisters: Lucille Webber of Hutchinson, and Maryann Henderson of Talala, Okla .; and three brothers, Carol Verhage of Geneva, Neb., Wendell Verhage of Hastings,Neb., and John Verhage of Oklahoma City, Okla.

His funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 10, at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 2900 Kimball Avenue, Manhattan, with Father Frank Coady as Celebrant. Inurnment services with military honors will at 1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10, at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kan. 66502.


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