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Robert H. VIRGIN


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Robert H. VIRGIN Obituary

Robert H. Virgin

VIRGINIA, IL - Robert H. Virgin, 93, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2014.

He was born May 13, 1921 in Jacksonville, the son of Eli Horace and Rachel Rexroat Virgin. He was united in marriage to Kathleen L. Hempler on Aug. 1, 1948, in Johnston City, Ill., and she preceded him in death on Dec. 15, 1998.

He is survived by a son, David Virgin (wife, Becky) of rural Arenzville; two grandchildren, Sarah Reedy (husband, Kyle) of Tuscola and Zachariah Virgin (wife, Anna) of Windsor; a great-grandchild, Maddox Reedy; a sister, Alice Lou Gramman (husband, Art) of Beardstown; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a great-grandchild, Eli Reedy; two brothers, Louis and George Virgin; and two sisters, Dorothy McGinnis and Margaret Thorell.

Bob was a 1939 graduate of Virginia High School and attended Blackburn College. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII with the 355th Fighter Group based in Steeple Morden, England. He returned to the Virginia area where he has been a grain and livestock farmer since 1946. He had a special love for Shorthorn cattle on the farm.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Virginia and formerly served on the Cass County Soil and Water District Board and the Cass County Farm Bureau Board. He had served 42 years as the beef superintendent for the Cass County Fair. He enjoyed square dancing and supporting any activity involving his grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug 13, at the First Presbyterian Church in Virginia with burial and military honors at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia.

The family will meet friends from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Virginia.

Memorial gifts are suggested to: the Cass County Fair Foundation for Livestock Events, Passavant Hospital Foundation for the Transitional Care Unit, or Cass County Food Pantry.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.buchanancody.com.

Published in Print in The State Journal-Register on Aug. 10, 2014
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