m. ABT 1886
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Biography of Roy Scott Veregge
Roy Scott Veregge was born 3 Oct. 1899 in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, the son of Albert James Veregge and Mary Elizabeth Ambrose.
Roy had just turned 18 years of age as World War I was ending, so he never entered the military (note picture at top of page is Roy at age 18). He spent most of his teenage years working in his father's sheet metal shop in Antioch, California. Because he was working and helping the family to make ends meet in the tough times of the 1920's and 1930's, Roy did not go to High School or College, but did further his education by entering a well-respected business school in San Francisco.
Roy married Grace Zeralda Zent, daughter of Isaac Chase Zent and Jessie Edith Cole, on 6 July, 1920 in Stockton, Sacramento County, California. Roy and Grace had two children, June Alberta Veregge, born 10 March, 1921 and Elwood C. "Bud" Veregge, born 31 July 1922, both were born in Stockton, California.
Roy owned "Pittsburg Sheet Metal Works" in Pittsburg, California for 55 years, and throughout his life showed a particular skill in working with metal and wood. This was a trade that Roy learned from his father, who also owned "Antioch Sheet Metal Works" in Antioch, California.
During the Great Depression, Roy's business went bankrupt, was foreclosed on and all of his equipment seized by a company known for buying equipment at bargain prices from failed businesses and re-selling it, known as the "40 thieves". After the depression, Roy asked the head of the company that had seized his sheet metal equipment if he could get them back and the man (who took a liking to Roy), told him that his equipment would be returned to his original location within the next few days. The agreement between Roy and the head of the company was for Roy to pay him back "when he could", but with hard work, Roy was able to pay the man back within a year and one-half. Roy also was able to pay everyone back that he owned money when he filed for bankruptcy some years before.
Roy and Grace Veregge lived for 50-60 years at their home in Pittsburg, California at 430 E. 10th Street after Roy sold his sheet metal working business. They moved from Pittsburg about 1948 to nearby Concord, California, where they lived on the corner of Laurel Drive and Ayers Road. After living several years in Concord, they moved to a house on the Russian River in Monte Rio, California, which was located near Sebastopool. Roy owned two parcels of property, one which their home was situated in Villa Grande, and the other that was located nearby on a hillside. Roy and Grace's home was a frequent "summer vacation visiting spot" for their grandchildren, when the Russian River was at its low-point, with some good swimming holes for all to enjoy.
Roy was an avid fisherman and hunter, and loved to take his son fishing in nearby streams and hunting at Roy's brother Charlie's house in Merced, California.
Roy was very charitable and helped several people in need during his lifetime. He helped to support several of his siblings (he came from a family of 11 children) during this lifetime, especially his brothers Harry and Bert Veregge, who lived nearby in Pittsburg and Antioch, California.
Roy Scott Veregge passed away peacefully on 10 Jan. 1981 in Santa Rosa, California, with his wife Grace and daughter June, by his side.
Obituary of Roy Scott Veregge
Roy Veregge 1899 - 1981
Roy was born on October 3, 1899 and passed away in January 1981.
Roy was last known to be living in Villa Grande, California.