|Gering Citizen Obituaries|
Alphabetical List List by Date Deceased
|Virgil Arthur King|
February 2, 1921 – January 2, 2011
services directed by Jolliffe Funeral Home
|Virgil Arthur King, 89, of Gering, as his 3-year-old great-grandson said, "got up" to be with Jesus on Jan. 2, 2011. His memorial service was Jan. 5, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church in Scottsbluff with Pastor Mike Clement officiating. |
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in care of the family to be used for a great-niece’s cancer fund. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.jolliffefuneralhome.com. Jolliffe Funeral Home of Scottsbluff is assisting the family with arrangements.
He was born Feb. 2, 1921, at Gordon, to Lee Dow and Elsie S (Calame) King. After graduating from Ashby High School, he spent a year in the CCC's at Halsey. He served in the US Army Air Forces, from 1941 to1945, as Tech Sgt. Bombardier with the 422nd squadron, flying B29 bombers.
While attending college in Chadron on the GI Bill he met the love of his life, Elizabeth (Bettie) Susan Blain. They were united in marriage on Aug. 9, 1946, at Oshkosh. To this union were born four beautiful children: Marsha, David, Ronald, and Mark. He achieved his Bachelors degree from Chadron State College and his Masters from the University of Utah.
He taught science and often coached basketball at schools in Chadron; Whitman; Mullen; McFadden, Wyo.; Midwest, Wyo.; and Pinedale, Wyo. He completed his teaching career with 21 years at NWCC, teaching physics and social science. After retirement in 1986, he and his wife were volunteer managers of Norwesca Methodist Church Camp south of Chadron for three years and remained active with the camp until they moved to Glenrock, Wyo. They also lived in Sheridan, Wyo., and Torrington, Wyo., before settling again in Gering.
Virgil was active in the American Legion, VFW, Methodist Men’s Club and Kiwanis. He shared with his children and grandchildren a love of fossil hunting, star gazing, hiking, bicycling and horseshoe pitching.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years: Bettie; children: Marsha (Ed) Frady of Hico, Texas; David (Janet) King of Mohnton, Penn.; Ron King of Casper, Wyo. and Mark (Rebecca) King of Torrington, Wyo.; siblings: Elsie Lee (Franklin) Jackson of South Dakota; Shirley (Robert) Ostrander of Iowa and Phyllis Hamilton of Arizona; 12 granddaughters; five grandsons; 21 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Kenneth and Eugene; three sisters: Sophie Anderson, Myrtle Blaylock, and Thelma Kennedy; and two brothers-in-law.