Virgil Salmonson, of Mora, died on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at the St. Cloud VA Hospital. He was 90 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICES will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 25th, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora with Rev. Mike Herzog officiating.
VISITATION will be from 5:00-7:00 PM on Friday, August 24th at the funeral home; plus 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.
INTERMENT will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
Virgil Daniel Salmonson was born in Mora, MN, to William and Esther (Lindquist) Salmonson on December 22, 1921. Except for 6 years as a young child in Minneapolis, Virgil spent his entire life in Knife Lake Township, Kanabec County. He attended Willard Country School.
Virgil served in the U.S. Air Force during WWII from 1942 to 1945. With an overseas departure scheduled, Virgil’s lovely girlfriend, Delores (Dee) Norberg, traveled to visit Virgil in Mountain Home, Idaho. It was during this visit, on February 11, 1944 that he and Dee were married. They enjoyed a wonderful 66 years of marriage.
Upon Virgil’s return from the war, they purchased a farm in Knife Lake Township where their three sons were born: Stefan Virgil in 1950, David Mark in 1954 and Brian Lee in 1959.
Along with farming, Virgil was an electrician with Kanabec Electric Company for many years; he also had been employed by Kanabec County Coop Oil Association and ASCS.
Virgil loved the Lord and applied Christian principles in every aspect of his life. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church since 1969, serving as a Trustee, Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent for many years and in many other capacities. Prior to 1969, he was an active member of Hillman Baptist Church.
Virgil had a zest for life and was interested in many activities. His hobbies included photography and woodworking. He was known for his Mora Klocka that stands tall in downtown Mora and for the many Swedish clocks he has made, given away and sold across the country. Virgil took pride in his work and hobbies; he passed his strong work ethic and many of his skills along to his sons.
Throughout his life, Virgil volunteered his services by participating in many organizations including: Dala Heritage Club, Knife Lake Township Board, Mora History Center, Mora Auxiliary Police Force, Planning Commission, Conservation Club and MN Association of Cooperatives Board. Virgil was Kanabec County Senior Citizen of the Year for 1996. He was also a Vasaloppet land owner and volunteer.
Virgil and Dee loved exploring the country that God created. They visited many countries during their younger years but were always drawn back to the Scandinavian countries and developed warm relationships with family members there and renewed family ties. Because of Virgil and Dee’s Scandinavian heritage and membership in various Scandinavian organizations, foreign visitors were guests in their home on many occasions.
The loss of his beloved wife, Dee, in October 2010 was a very emotional and difficult time for Virgil. He bounced back and remained involved and interested in life and the lives of his family. Virgil had the wonderful opportunity in April of 2012 to travel to Washington DC, on the Honor Flight for Veterans. It was a special day for him and for son Dave, who accompanied him on the trip.
Virgil suffered a stroke on June 30, 2012 and passed away at the VA Home in St. Cloud on August 21, 2012.
Virgil was a strong and steady rock in the community and for his family. His joy, welcoming hug, gift of gab, sense of humor and loving support will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Dee.
Virgil is survived by sons Stefan (Jolene) of Mora; David (Shari) of Mora; Brian (Kathy) of East Bethel; grandchildren: ReGina (Rob) Clapp, Shane Salmonson, Maggie Jo Jindra, Lance Salmonson, Jenna (Jeff) Holmseth, Derek (Amber) Douglas, Keri Salmonson, Darren Douglas, Dannen Kroschel and Tia Kroschel; three great grandchildren Ayva Douglas, Carter and Braden Holmseth; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
God bless his memory to our souls.