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Rev. Virgil D. Close

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Rev. Virgil D. Close

NEWARK: A Celebration of Life Service for Rev. Virgil D. Close, age 91, of Newark, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Neal Avenue United Methodist Church, with Rev. Shawn Morris officiating.

Rev. Close passed away Friday, April 12, 2013 at The Inn at Chapel Grove, Heath. He was born November 25, 1921 in Marion County to the late Floyd D. and Ethel (De Lashmutt) Close.

Rev. Close was a graduate of Hilliard Senior High School, The Ohio State University and Yale University School of Divinity with Honors. He was a minister in the United Methodist Church for over 65 years, serving in ten churches throughout Ohio and retiring in 1985. Virgil was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during World War II and a recipient of the Medal of Honor. He was a genealogist of 40 years, publishing a family book as well as being an avid reader and collector of books. He enjoyed his family and many friends. He will be missed by many at Neal Avenue United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir and for his wonderful personality and willingness to help others.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Vera, whom he married August 31, 1947; two daughters, Anna Beth Sicilian and Amy Jo Crum; two grandchildren, Ian Crum and Racheal Carver; seven great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law; Shirley (Harold) Goodin, Betty (Dan) Ferrell, David (Dixie) Coventry and Carl (Irene) Miner; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Edna Close.

Family and friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church, 12 Neal Avenue, Newark. A family burial was held at Cedar Hill Cemetery on Tuesday, with the Licking County Veteran Alliance providing military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Foundation for Hospice of Central Ohio or Neal Avenue United Methodist Church.

The Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral and Cremation Services, 59 N. Fifth St., is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please visit to view a memorial and to leave a message of condolence for the Close family.


Published in the Advocate on Apr. 18, 2013
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