Harold I. Veerkamp, 84, passed away of natural causes on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 in Rescue, Calif.
He was born May 21, 1927 to Vinton and Regina Veerkamp in Rescue.
He spent 60 of his 84 years living in Rescue, having recently returned to the area in order to live his remaining days in the land he loved. Harold was a heavy equipment operator for 28 years, served in the Army during the Korean war and raised beef cattle on his farm in Rescue, then later in Lakeview. He was a longtime member of the Farm Bureau and served on the Soil Conservation Board of El Dorado County and Water Board in Lake County.
He is survived by his sons Harold Veerkamp, Jr. of Spencertown, NY and Keith Veerkamp of Oklahoma; daughter Teresa Sumprer, of La Mesa, Calif.; sister Eileen Ansted of Folsom, Calif.; stepson Karl Elze of Tulare, Calif.; cousins Kathleen O’Brien and Jeffrey Lewis; nine grandchildren.
Services were held in the chapel of Green Valley Mortuary on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. Following the service at the chapel, there was a graveside service at the Jayhawk Cemetery in Rescue.