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Virgil Anderson

December 23, 2018
Estherville News

A Celebration of Life service for Virgil Anderson, 91, of Estherville, will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018 at Wallingford Lutheran Church in Wallingford with Pastor Doug Burton and Lori Westfall officiating. Private family burial will be held at a later day. He went to be with his Lord on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at the Good Samaritan Society in Estherville.

Visitation will be from 2-3 p.m., Sunday at Wallingford Lutheran Church.

Virgil Raymond Anderson, the third child born to Emil Edwin Peter and Esther Marie (Jensen) Anderson, was born April 9, 1927, in rural Audubon County, Iowa.

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Virgil Anderson was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Audubon County, where he also received his elementary and secondary educations, graduating with the Audubon class of 1946.

Virgil attended Dana College in Blair, Nebraska, where he received his bachelor's degree (1950) and his Theology degree from Trinity Theological Seminary (1953), also in Blair. Later in life, Virgil pursued more education, receiving a Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling from Fort Hays State University (1971) in Hays, Kansas and several art credits from Iowa Lakes Community College, resulting in a one-man local art show.

He met LaVaille June Jensen of Harlan, IA, at the Dana college canteen, and the young couple was married on August 25, 1952. Through their 66 years of marriage, Virgil and his wife were parents of six sons and six daughters, raised a grandson, and hosted many exchange students.

At the 1953 UELC Convention, Virgil was ordained into Lutheran ministry. During the first 40 years in ministry to his Lord, Virgil served parishes in rural Plainview & Winnetoon, Nebraska (1953-57); Flaxton & Bowbells, North Dakota (1957-63); Kensington & Pleasant Green, Kansas (1963-78); and Wallingford, Iowa (1978-93) where he retired in the summer of 1993. In his retirement, Virgil also enjoyed serving as chaplain in area nursing homes. In June of 2018 he observed the 65th anniversary of his ordination into Lutheran Ministry.

Included in Virgil's hobbies were sailing, fishing, gardening with his wife, helping with 4-H and Scouting, and woodworking. Fine-scale modeling was a particular delight, culminating in a museum-quality rendering of the naval ship "Old Ironsides" from a kit and a 1:36 scale rendering of Wallingford Lutheran Church complete with a recording of the ringing church bell.

In January of 2012, Virgil moved to Rosewood Manor Nursing Home, then in October of 2016 he became a resident of Good Samaritan Society where he spent the rest of his earthly life.

Preceding Virgil in death were his parents, one brother, Dallas, one sister, Carolyn Griffin, and a son, Timothy Virgil. Left to cherish his memory are his wife LaVaille of Wallingford; his children, Paul (Lynne) of Omaha, Ken, Sr. of Estherville, Lea (Chuck) Holste of Ludell, KS, Larry of Alliance, NE, Gloria (Mark) Schukman of Overland Park, KS; Phil (Lori) of Lincoln, NE; Joy (Mike) Rustad of Oskaloosa, IA; Carol (Kenny) Doster of Paris TN; Lisa Libeer of Great Bend, KS; David (Nicole) of Alliance, NE; and Heidi (Steve) Craghead of Auburn, NH; 19 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; sisters Ella Nelson of Council Bluffs, IA, Mary Ann (Ken) Fehl of Racine, WI, Kathryn McKeighan, of Omaha, NE, brothers, Milton (Joan) of Salem OR, and Charles (Joan) of Edina, MN.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Wallingford Lutheran Church.



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