James “Jay” “Hound dog” Verdick, age 81, Siren, passed away Oct. 17, 2019, at the Frederic Nursing and Rehab in Frederic.
Jay was born Oct. 18, 1937, in Alpha, Minn., to parents, Ruth (Willis) and Henry Verdick. He graduated from Jackson High School in 1955. After graduation, Jay enlisted in the United States Army in November of 1955. He was stationed in Germany and was honorably discharged in 1958.
Jay worked for Lunda primarily in Bridge Construction until his retirement in 1991. He then made Clam Lake in Siren his permanent home.
Jay was a simple man who enjoyed social outings, drinking beer and playing cribbage. He loved living on Clam Lake, fishing and spending time outdoors. He also built many duck and bird houses over the years, many of which he donated to the Moose Lodge for fundraisers. He was also known for taking and collecting the best photographs. He will be dearly missed.
Jay is survived by his brother, Donald Verdick; sister, Gwen Mayer; special buddy, Buck Dicks; sister-in-law, Alta Verdick; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Full military honors will be conducted Nov. 1, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner.
A gathering will follow at Jed’s Laker Lounge in Siren following the burial.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Swedberg-
Taylor Funeral Home in Webster. Online condolences may be expressed at www.swedberg-taylor.com.