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.