Virgil Raleigh Emerson

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  • Name: Virgil Raleigh Emerson
  • Location of Birth: Akeley, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: January 17, 1916
  • Date of Death: December 1, 1994 (78 years old)
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    Virgil was am army veteran of World War II, serving in New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan.

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    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Virgil moved to Deer River, Minnesota at the age of five where he attended school.

    Following school, he worked as a logger and trucker.

    He married Rose Robertson on September 22, 1940.

    After the war, Virgil worked as a mechanic and heavy equipment operator for Dependable Surfacing Company in St. Paul, Minnesota from 1954 until his retirement in 1979.

    Virgil was an accomplished harmonica player for the Tolerable Band and the Leftovers Band. He was a member of Cedar Lake Horsehoe League and a charter member of H.A.L.E. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post of Squaw Lake, Minnesota and was credited with naming the post.

    Virgil is survived by his wife, Rose; six daughters, Kathy Beckman, Bonnie DeLare, Candy Emerson, Jane Pihlaja, Cindy Dowling, and Crystal Bukowski; one son, Delbert; seven sisters, Lucille Robertson, Clarabelle Reel, Lorraine Atkinson, Joyce Tolmich, Gloria Cuboco, Peggy Lewis, and Marcia Garris; three brothers, Melvin, Timmy, and Calvin; twenty-two grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

    Virgil died at Community Memorial Hospital in Deer River, Minnesota and funeral services were at the Emerson family farm in Deer River, Minnesota.

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