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Virgil John Tinklenberg

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Virgil John Tinklenberg

Edgerton - Virgil John Tinklenberg, 85, was called to his heavenly home July 4. He was born in Rock County, MN to Sam (Simon J.) and Hattie (DeJong) Tinklenberg, June 20, 1933. He graduated from Edgerton High School, and joined the US Army before marrying Beverly Faye Ten Cate March 2, 1954.

The couple settled in Sioux Falls, SD where Virgil graduated from the Sioux Falls College with a bachelor's degree in social work. He began his career in urban renewal, later becoming the Director of the Sioux Falls Housing Authority and went on to become influential on the national level, being a member of NAHRO (National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials) and HAI (Housing Authority Insurance). Virgil was a founding member of PHADA (Public Housing Authority Directors Association), serving as its President from 1987-1989. He served as an ethic's advisor on a congressional housing committee reporting the Cabinet Housing Secretary, Jack Kemp and Vice-President Dan Quayle, following the infamous HUD scandal. In 1988 he retired for medical reasons, but acted as a consultant for cities around the country struggling to keep their subsidized housing programs afloat. While assisting the housing unit in Panama City, FL, he found the climate moderated his pain and accepted the position of Housing Director of Panama City, where the couple enjoyed living for 28 years.

Virgil served as an elder at 1st CRC, Sioux Falls and Covenant PCA, Panama City. For many years he led young men as a Cadet Counselor and even had the privilege of being a National Camporee director in the Black Hills. In honor of outstanding service, the Calvinist Cadet Corps awarded Virgil the blue star for his service on the council level and a gold star for ministry in the international Corps. He was also a Bible Study Fellowship discussion leader and enjoyed mission trips to Liberia, Mexico, China, and Guatemala. During his retirement years, Virgil continued his passion for missions serving as the volunteer president and primary fund raiser for ITEM (International Theological Education Ministries).

Virgil and Beverly moved to Spokane, WA February, 2017. Shortly thereafter, Beverly was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and the Lord called her home June 19, 2017. Virgil later lived with his eldest son and daughter-in-law for seven months in Spokane, WA. During a visit to California, his health failed, and on June 27 he was diagnosed with advanced cancer. The Lord called Virgil to heaven on July 4 at the VA hospice center in Palo Alto, CA.

Beverly Faye Tinklenberg, a loving Mother, devoted wife, and faithful friend, was born to Peter and Eleanor Ten Cate in Edgerton, Minnesota, November 17, 1934. Beverly grew up in a family of four boys and two girls. She attended Edgerton Christian and Public Schools where she met her husband, Virgil.

Over their 63 years of married life, Bev and Virg, showed a commitment to one another and to family, and they were active members of the Church of Jesus Christ wherever they lived. They enjoyed ministry, travelling, and hosting people in their home. Despite pain and illness due to Virg's back issues and Bev's exceptionally rare heart disease, they maintained positive outlooks and a life of faith. Neither of them allowed their physical ailments to hinder their zeal for life and service. Nearly everyone who met them experienced the open door of their heart and home.

Beverly loved her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, His Word and His Church. She was passionate about attending or leading weekly Bible studies in Bible Study Fellowship and Coffee Break. Opportunities to reflect on mission trips made her glow. Being with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren filled her with great joy. Beverly was employed for many years as a pharmacy assistant and later became a medical assistant in Florida.

Virgil & Beverly are lovingly remembered by their three sons and their wives: Perry and Kathy of Spokane, WA, Roy and Esther of Mountain View, CA, Jay and Kathy of Arlington, TX; eight grandchildren and spouses: Laura and Matthew Lanser, Michael and Jena, Bethany, Benjamin, Brooke, Jacob, Jaris, and Janae; five great-grandchildren: David, Micah, Ezra, Alayna, and Nolan, and extended family and friends who have been impacted by their lives and will miss their encouragement and example.

A memorial service for Virgil will be held Thursday, July 12 at 10:00 AM at the First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton, MN. Beverly's funeral was held June 27, 2017 in Edgerton. Interment of Virgil will be at Hillside Cemetery. All memorial gifts will be sent to International Theological Education Ministries (
Published in The Argus Leader on July 13, 2018
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