Verlon “Bud” Joseph Verdick

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Sunday, April 5, 1936
Date of Death:
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Age:
86 years old

Visitation

Date: Friday November 18, 2022
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Funeral Service

Date: Friday November 18, 2022
Time: 10:30 am

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Burial

Location: Oakwood Cemetery

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Sunday, April 5, 1936
Date of Death:
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Age:
86 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Sunday, April 5, 1936
Date of Death:
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Age:
86 years old

Verlon “Bud” Joseph Verdick

Verlon “Bud” Joseph Verdick, 86, of Rochester, MN, died Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at his home.

Bud was born April 5, 1936, in Alpha, MN, to Oscar and Elizabeth (Donwen) Verdick. He was raised on the family farm and graduated from Jackson High School in 1954. He attended Mankato State University in Mankato, MN, and Presentation School of Nursing in Sioux Falls, SD. In 1962, he began his career as a registered nurse at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester where he worked for 45 years and in many units of the hospital.  The majority of his career was in Employee Health Service where he worked until his retirement in 2007. In retirement, Bud continued caring for others by working as a nurse at Madonna Meadows in Rochester and several more years with Mayo Hospice. He later served as a volunteer for Mayo Hospice.

On June 27, 1970, Bud married Greta Lee Ericsson at St. John’s Catholic Church in Rochester. They were an active couple who loved to dress up, go dancing, and have fun. After Greta was diagnosed with MS in 1978, Bud’s calling as a compassionate and caring man was shown constantly as he was her devoted caregiver throughout her advancing needs. Married nearly 50 years, Greta passed away in January, 2020.

Bud was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed skiing and traveling when able. He loved cars, especially convertibles, and he had many. He enjoyed tending to his colorful flowers during the summer and he was a gifted cook who loved to make things for others to enjoy. Most of all, he loved just being with his family, relatives, and friends.  He will be dearly missed.

Bud is survived by his son, Jay (Mandy), and grandson, Tommy, of Rochester; many special nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Zsa Zsa. He was preceded in death by his wife, Greta, and his sisters, Evonne (Lee) Webster, Tudy (Bill) Callahan, and Joyce Hassing.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 18, 2022, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Loomis officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Friday.  Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester.

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I worked with Bud for a number of years in Employee Health Service at St. Mary's Hospital.  Bud was a very compassionate and caring person.  I will cherish those memories.


May God comfort all of you at this difficult time 🙏 

Dear Jay, Mandy and Tommy,


We now live in Tulsa, OK, otherwise I would be at your Dad's memorial service.  As you know, your Dad and I worked 13 years in Employee Health Service and rubbed shoulders during our years on orthopedic floors as well!!!  Your Dad and Mom were such wonderful folks.  Every time I see purple, I think of them!!  Working with Bud guaranteed a pleasant day with chuckling regardless of the schedule.  


I ran in to your Dad at Eisenberg Pharmacy and had such a great conversation. Following this, he sent a card  sharing such sweet thoughts. You were an amazing son to him and you know how much your folks adored you and your family!!!


Blessings on you as you reflect and remember his life, your relationship and let his wisdom continue on in all those his life touched!!


Faye and Curt

Uncle Bud is part of my earliest memories when visiting grandma & grandpa's farm.  I was fortunate to share just some of those memories with him this summer.  He was my godfather and always fulfilled that role superbly.  He will live in my heart forever.

Bud is my uncle but he always felt more like a close friend than a relative. From my childhood days sharing summers with him on the Verdick farm to the numerous visits whenever we could make it happen living half a country apart, there are so many fond memories. He was always kind and generous and genuinely interested in what was happening in our lives. One of Bud’s activities tells you everything you need to know about his character, he was a VOLUNTEER caregiver in a local hospice program. Hospice care is difficult enough for the paid professionals, but to take it on as a volunteer takes a special person indeed. He was a true humanitarian, and he will be dearly missed, but I am so grateful for the wonderful memories he gave us. It’s an enduring gift.

My heart breaks for you, Jay and family.  Your father and I had a 50+year work and friendship from my student years to our retirement years. I would not have space to list his wonderful attributes nor the fun times and memories we had.  My thoughts and prayers for all of you. May he be at peace with the Lord.

Jay, Mandy and Tommy:


I am so sorry to hear about your loss of your dad and grandpa. It’s difficult to say good bye to our parents. 
Wishing you comfort now, peace soon and warm memories forever.
My deepest sympathy to your family. 
Renee

Bud was part of the wound family at OMC. He was a remarkable man and we enjoyed having the privilege to have known him. We always enjoyed hearing about how he spoiled his sweet little angel Jah Jah and he always talked about how much he loved his family and how proud he was of them. We will miss you. Thank you for your years of service to medicine. 

I worked with Bud with the Mayo Hospice program. He was and excellent nurse and a very compassionate man

I worked with Bud at St. Mary’s back in the 70s. One of the best Head Nurses I have ever worked with. Bud and Greta became good friends of me and my husband. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy to his entire family. RIP Dear Bud.