32 OCTOBER 2022 WorldWide Drilling Resource® www.starironworks.com 257 Caroline Street Punxsutawney, PA 15767 800-927-0560 • 814-427-2555 Fax: 814-427-5164 SERVING THE WATER WELL INDUSTRY Serving the Drilling Industry In Memoriam Robert Lee “Bob” Vermeer (1944~2022) Robert Lee “Bob” Vermeer, husband, father, grandfather, and leader passed away at 78 years old on August 17, 2022, with loving family surrounding him. Known as a servant leader in his personal, professional, and spiritual life, Bob’s vibrant love of people, passion for Christ, distinct laugh, and desire to put others first is what those who know and love him will remember most. He was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, and grew up on a family farm near Pella. Bob’s love for the outdoors and life on the farm was evident, with animals being his favorite. From an early age, Bob loved spending time with his parents and siblings Stan and Mary. They grew up watching their father and founder of Vermeer, Gary Vermeer, build a company based on values while innovating better ways to do work on the farm. Even as a child, Bob saw a future in business. For career day at Wheatgrow School, he dressed as a businessman. After high school, Bob attended Dordt College for a two-year degree. There his love for music grew as he discovered his beautiful tenor voice. Interested in economics and business, Bob transferred to Central College, graduating in 1966. His first job out of college was at Marion County Bank, working there until 1973, eventually serving as vice president and director. Bob joined Vermeer in 1974, and held multiple roles that drove the business strategy and long-term growth of Vermeer, including chief executive officer beginning in 1989 and later co-chief executive officer in 2003, alongside his sister Mary. On the family side, Bob was a leader in promoting succession planning to transition the business to future generations of the Vermeer family. His business expertise and passion for people resulted in several board roles, past and present, some of which include: Central College Board of Trustees, Dordt College Board, Guide One Insurance Co. Board, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Iowa Business Council, Calvin Theological Seminary Board of Trustees, Pella National Bank Board, Pella Community Hospital Board, Pella Opera House Board, Hilltop Manor Board, Pella Area Community & Economic Alliance, Pella Planning & Zoning Committee, and Vital Men Ministries. Bob is survived by his wife Lois; children Dan (Tricia), Heidi (Chad), and Allison (Kyle); grandchildren Brant (Kelsey), Isaac, Jack, Ella, Xander, Anna, Zoey, Drew, and Clair; siblings Stan (Alma) and Mary (Dale). The management and staff of WWDR extend their sincere condolences to their family, friends, and associates. Lest we forget . . .