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Mack Verhyden

July 4, 1924 February 4, 2019
Mack Verhyden
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Obituary for Mack Verhyden

Mack Verhyden, 94, of Southern Pines, passed away at St. Joseph of the Pines on Monday, February 4th.

Born July 4th,1924, he was the son of the late Cecil and Hala (McMamey) Verhyden. Mack attended school in Richland and Corsicana, TX., and went on to study Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech. He was drafted into the US Army during WWII. He was assigned to the Army Corp of Engineers OCS training at Fort Belvoir, VA but never saw active duty as the war finished before he completed training. Mack returned to Texas Tech and completed his degree in Mechanical Engineering, graduating in 1947.

Shortly after graduation Mack started working at Caterpillar Tractor Company in Peoria, Il. His first position was with the Export Department. He was eventually assigned to Sales and worked in Africa in the early 50’s before being transferred to Brazil where he met his wife, Ruth Cook, in Rio de Janeiro. They were married in 1956 and subsequently had 3 children: Mark, Ann, and John. In the following years they lived in Peoria, IL, Monterrey, Mexico and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Shortly after retiring from Caterpillar as a Vice-President in the late 80’s they moved to Pinehurst, NC.

At Pinehurst Mack was active in many community organizations such as the United Way, Kiwanis, Boys and Girls Club, and Bethany House.

Mack is preceded in death by his wife Ruth and their son John. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Keith Sutton, and grandson Jason Sutton of Mountain View, AR, his son Mark Verhyden of Worcester, MA, and granddaughter Elizabeth (Verhyden) Henderson and her husband, Bradley Henderson of Alexandria, VA.

A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.


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