Indianapolis government giant, Buert Ser Vaas, laid to rest

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 8, 2014) — A man who was well-known in Indianapolis government and a decorated hero in World War II was laid to rest Saturday.

Mourners arrived at the Second Presbyterian Church to pay their respects to Doctor Beurt Ser Vaas.

The long time city-county council president and former CIA employee died last week at the age of 94.

As an architect of Indianapolis’ Uni-gov form of government, Ser Vaas played an integral role in preparing the city for its rebirth in the last twenty years.

“Absolutely it’s a radically different place and we would’ve suffered the fate of a lot of other cities did when their tax base was eroding and they couldn’t’ bring people into the city and couldn’t provide the basic services,” Mayor Greg Ballard said. “So what he did with Uni-gov and what he did with Mayor Lugar and so many other people around the state and in the Statehouse also really provided that foundation that we all now enjoy and take to the next level and other cities still look at us and are envious of us.”

Ser Vaas was a naval intelligence officer in World War II who received the Bronze Star for covert operations in the war in China against Japan.