Virgil J. Kier

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Virgil J. "Whitey" Kier, 94, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died Aug. 12, 2014.

Virgil was born to the late Francis and Leona Kier in Hollowtown, near Hillsboro, and moved to Dayton as a child.

Virgil was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Marcella (Stiles) Kier; and brothers, Harry and Richard Kier.

He is survived by his brother, James Kier; and sister, Lydia (Floyd) Head; children, Nancy Barnes and Mike (Vicki) Kier; grandchildren, David Barnes, Stephanie (Dan) Varble and Cheryl Bailey; and eight great-grandchildren.

Virgil was a marine with the 1st Marine Division during World War II at the battles of Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, and Peleliu, earning the Bronze Star with "V" and a Purple Heart. He was a life member of VFW Stuart Patterson Post 2800. Virgil was employed by NCR for 41 years in the carpentry and building and grounds maintenance departments. An avid RVer throughout his life, following retirement, Virgil and Marcella moved to D'Hanis, Texas, where they were members of the Lone Star Corral of the SKPs.

Interment of ashes will be at Calvary Cemetery in Dayton. At Virgil's request, there will be no memorial service.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project (

Published in Times Gazette from Aug. 13 to Aug. 14, 2014
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