Billie Lee Verhonik, lost his long battle with Alzheimer's, and passed away December 15, 2021. He was at home surrounded by those he loved.
He was born in Universal, Indiana on February 21, 1935, the first born son of William and Mary Shew Verhonik. Bill grew up in Indianapolis, and attended Ben Davis High School where he was the fist Freshman to ever pitch a varsity baseball. He proudly joined the Navy in 1953, where he had the honor of serving on the USS Cabot, Roosevelt's flag ship, and also on the carrier USS Greenwich Bay.
He was a proud member of Ironworker's local 22, and was awarded his 65 yr. pin a few days before his death. He began his career working for Tousley-Bixler, then for over 20 years he was the Construction Supervisor for Hugh J. Baker Company. After they closed, he briefly worked as a consultant for GMI, Inc., before joining his wife and and sons in forming their own company, Merrill Stone, Inc., Bill continued to actively work in the profession he loved well into his 80's.
He spent every minute of his spare time at Zore's, he was the happiest while doing projects with his lifelong best friend Jim Zore, and generally wreaking havoc on the westside of Indianapolis. Bill was known for his hard work, generosity, and his love for animals.
Bill was proceeded in death by his grandson, Devon K. Stone, his first wife Carol Campbell, his parents and his brother John Verhonik.
Bill is survived by the love of his life Peggy Shaw Verhonik. His brother David Verhonik (Darlene). His sons, David Keith Stone and Clinton Andrew Merrill. His daughters Jenny Carrico (Rob), Janet Limp (Joe), Julie Gulley (Scott), Lori Webb (JIm), and Nikki Stone. His grandchildren Nathan Patrick, Joshua Carrico, Tyler Moore, Tanner Carrico, Alex Verhonik, Joey Limp, Mason Webb, Taylor Cox, Austin Stone, Johnny Zore, Kyle Sweeney, Khalie Rhudy, Brielle Hess, Emilee Gulley, Sydney Cox, and Maddy Cox. As well as 17 great-grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be held on December 27th at 5pm at the Avon American Legion Post 145, with a Celebration of Life immediately following; the Celebration of Life will include food, fellowship, and memories for those of you who knew and loved Bill. The family encourages sharing memories at that time.
Prior to his death, Bill had requested in lieu of flowers that donations be made to any animal shelter. Envelopes will be available for Mended Hearts Rescue.
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