G. Virgil Peterson, 94, of McPherson passed away at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, unexpectedly, at his residence.
Virgil was born on Dec. 15, 1918, in rural Galva, a son of the late Albertena Wilhelmena
“Tena” (Sandstrom) and Oscar Martin Peterson.
Virgil attended the North Diamond country school north of Galva, where he enjoyed playing baseball. He then graduated in 1936 from McPherson High School, McPherson, where he took up playing horseshoes.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church McPherson. Virgil served as a member of the church board and in various other capacities for many years. As a child, Virgil was a member of the New Gottland Lutheran Church, rural McPherson, where he was baptized and confirmed.
Virgil served in the US Army as a staff sergeant in World War II. He received the American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.
Virgil started working for Peoples Meat Market, as a meat cutter, in 1936 and continued until 1941. On Dec. 31, 1941. Virgil joined the United States Army. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 5, 1946. He came back home and went back working for Peoples Meat Market, and in 1948, Virgil became a partner with Art Peterson, his uncle, until 1960 when he purchased Art’s interest. He later worked for Heidebrecht's Meat Market and retired from Krehbiel's Kountry Store.
Virgil is a life member of the American Legion Post 24, McPherson and had served the Legion in many capacities through the years. He was active with the Legion Baseball program and served on the State Baseball Committee for 33 years and was a member of the Elk's Lodge No. 502 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2715, both of McPherson.
Virgil also was a member of the local McPherson bowling league and was the first person in McPherson to bowl a 700 at Starlight Lanes. He bowled for 50 years. (While stationed in Ohio, Virgil met the woman of his dreams while bowling at the local bowling alley at Columbus, Ohio. This young lady was actually the daughter of the owner of the bowling alley.)
He was the widower of Betty Jane (Keller) Peterson. On March 31, 1946, they were married at Columbus, Ohio. Betty died on Aug. 27, 2008.
He is survived by his daughter Nancy (Roland) Bryars, of Pearland, Texas; his brother-in-law, Robert (Barbara Jean) Keller, of Groveport, Ohio; a nephew Charles (Sue) Keller, of Canal Winchester, Ohio; two cousins Jenny Harold and Leona Wedel, both of McPherson; other relatives and a host of friends.
Virgil was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Betty.
Friends are invited to call from 10 a.m. until service time on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church in McPherson.
The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church, McPherson, with Reverend Tim Leaf officiating. Full military honors will be presented by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2715 and American Legion Post No. 24. Cremation will follow the funeral service.
Private family interment of cremated remains will be at a later date in the New Gottland Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural McPherson.
The family requests donations be made to the American Legion Post 24 Baseball Program or Trinity Lutheran Church, both of McPherson. They may be sent in care of Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home, 222 W. Euclid St., McPherson, KS 67460.