Kermit M. DeHaai, 91, of Monroe, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, at The Cottages in Pella. A funeral service was Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Prairie City United Methodist Church. Burial was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to WesleyLife Hospice or the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Condolences may be left for the family at coburnfuneralhomes.com.
The son of Edd and Jennie (Hamilton) DeHaai, Kermit was born Sept. 2, 1926, in rural Marion County. He attended Oak Ridge Country School until the eighth grade. Kermit proudly served in the United States Navy during World War II. On Feb. 5, 1945, he was united in marriage to Frieda Musgrove at the Prairie City United Methodist Church parsonage. Kermit farmed and fed cattle, he was a steward of the land. He, along with his partner Russel DeHaai, manufactured the Monroe Earth Anchor for many years. Kermit was always a “thinker” and in 1971, invented the Bumblebee Self Propelled Disc. In 1994, Kermco DeHaai became a reality with the invention of the Reel Tite Fence Stretcher. He was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, Prairie City Odd Fellows and the Monroe American Legion. He loved to collect almost everything, some of his favorites were arrowheads and rocks. He also loved his dogs and he and Frieda had at least one until they moved to Pella.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Frieda; a son, Jay (Brenda) DeHaai; a daughter, Jennie (Arvin) Van Waardhuizen; four grandchildren, Alan (Vicki) DeHaai, Jayson (Kristi) DeHaai, Janine (Jeff) Bauer and David (Lynn) Deal; eight great-grandchildren, Zachary, Dalton, Matthew, Jessica, Ashley, Dawson, Cohen and Norah; and a sister-in-law, Rosalee DeHaai. Preceding Kermit in death were his parents; and siblings, Lavern, Dick, Jeanette Blackledge and Eva Cowman.