Virgil St. John, 86, of Marshalltown, formerly of Le Grand, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, at the Grandview Heights while in the care of the Iowa River Hospice. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at the First Baptist Church with Pastor Dick Sipe officiating. He will be laid to rest in the Riverside Cemetery with full military honors by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Harry C. Harter Post #839/ American Legion Frank Lewis Glick Post #46. Visitation will be held one-hour prior to the services at the church. For condolences, please visit www.mitchellfh.com. The Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for Virgil and his family.
Born on June 17, 1926, in Sterling, Colo., he was the son of Harold and June (Fiddler) St. John. He attended school in Marshalltown and enlisted in the United States Navy to serve our country honorably during World War II. Upon his return to Marshalltown, he graduated from the Marshalltown High School and later Marshalltown Junior College. Virgil loved his membership to the First Baptist Church, a journey that led him and Betty to the Lord by Pastor Pieter Smit.
On Sept. 22, 1946, in Olathe, Kan., he was united in marriage to Betty Hutchings, who he knew since the second grade. They resided in different communities including Marshalltown, Clear Lake, Mason City and Le Grand since 1986 where they owned and operated St. John Antiques. Virgil was also an insurance underwriter prior to following his true passion in life, buying and selling antiques. He and Betty started their dream in 1974 at their shop in Mason City.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughters- Regan (Dan) Roberts, of Marshalltown, and Martha (Ed) Collins, of Colby, Kan.; daughter-in-law Grace St. John, in Tennessee; six grandchildren: Ericka Bell, Becky Rogers, Matthew Roberts, Adam Jaspersen, David St. John and Elizabeth Collins; five great-grandchildren; brothers: Bobby St. John, of Rochester, Minn., and Larry St. John, of San Diego, Calif., and his special friend, Jennie Powers.
In death, Virgil rejoined his beloved Betty who died in 2006; his parents; son Marshall; daughter Leslie Jaspersen, and siblings Roger Hildebrand, Margie Myers and Patty St John.