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Verlo Tillottson

Verlo Aaron Tillottson

Monday, June 1st, 1942 - Sunday, February 7th, 2021
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Verlo A. Tillottson, 52 years (dated January 18,1969) married to Ruth A. Tillottson, is survived by three daughters: Karleena, Kathy & Patrick, and Kellie & Rick. He passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 7, 2021.

Verlo was a loving husband, “Pa,” and grandpa. His grandchildren, Maggie, Ian, Olivia, Matthew, Aaron, Steven, Kyran, Zorah, Matthias, and Ashlinn will miss him greatly.

Verlo was born in Hesperia, Michigan. He was the youngest of five siblings (survived by his sweet sister, Vivene, preceded by Viola, Virgil, and Violet) that grew up in Hesperia, MI.

He honorably served eight years in the United States Air Force. He retired after more than 30 years of work at General Motors/Delphi Automotive Plant in Wyoming, MI. He was passionate about his retirement time in Arizona, hunting, dogs, horses, racing, and practical jokes. His work ethic and commitment to family were exemplary.

A memorial visitation will be held from 2:00 until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2021, at Ofield Funeral Home, 4500 Kalamazoo Avenue SE, Kentwood, MI 49508.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the memorial service for Verlo will be celebrated by Pastor Dean Prentiss at Wesley Park United Methodist Church following visitation for the immediate family. Under the auspices of the United States Air Force, military honors will be performed at the memorial service,

The service will be live-streamed and friends and relatives are welcome to view the service at Kathy's home during a continued time of fellowship and refreshments beginning at 4:00 p.m. at 1125 Royal Oak Street SW, Wyoming, MI 49509-- those attending should park near the basketball hoop in the church parking lot.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to offer an expression of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project by visiting https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate; or to
International Fellowship of Christians and Jews by visiting https://www.ifcj.org/.

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James L Turner

Posted at 06:41pm
I knew Verlo for close to forty years, as he was my lovely wife Lois's brother-in-law. I would see him about every two years or so in Michigan when we would visit, and we visited he and Ruth about three times when they resided in Wickenburg, Arizona, during the fall-winter-spring. We spent some other quality time together as well. They are all fond memories. Verlo was an interesting character with a slightly rough, gruff exterior, who had a heart of gold. You would never know it, unless you knew him well, but he was a (pre-National anthem kneeling) Oakland, LA, Las Vegas Raiders fan and as a lifetime GM guy, was a big fan of NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, who drove a Toyota. Go figure. When he was living in Arizona, Verlo went head over heels into panning for gold out in the desert wilderness, and believe it or not, he and Ruth did find and refine some. Verlo would always tease Lois and I when he first saw us, and we would give it back and we would all settle down for a great visit. The first time I ever met Verlo, back in 1981, we went out in the middle of the night in a swamp, accompanied by my stepson (his nephew) Steve and his nephew Brian Smith both about 15, and ran his coon dogs for a few hours. We always looked forward to our visits ever after, because Verlo was an authentic American original. He didn't take to any unpatriotic behavior too kindly either. The last time I saw Verlo was for a quick three day visit last August, breaking out of Covid-19 prison. I had just learned on the way up from Texas that I had an aggressive cancer in my right salivary gland (neck). I couldn't have been in a better place for such a visit. We were all relaxed and right at home. The last time I saw him, Verlo was standing next to Ruth, probably not more than 20 or 30 feet from the spot where he drew his last breath. Lois and I will both miss him greatly.
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Dan

Posted at 11:37am
We will miss you Verlo. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dan & Bonnie Stoppenbach plus Tina Hancock
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Posted at 08:50am
Kathy, Karleena, and Family, You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
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