A funeral service celebrating the life of Virgil Lee Anderson, age 95, of Denton, Texas, formerly of Buckeye Lake, was held July 7, 2017, at the Lighthouse Memorial Church, Millersport, with Pastor Bill Beard officiating. Burial followed at Rose Hill Burial Park in Springfield with Rev. Charles Seymour officiating. Military honors were observed at the graveside service.
Virgil was born May 31, 1922, in Washington Courthouse, Ohio, to the late Edward Franklin and Jenny Eliza (Hurles) Anderson. He passed away on July 2, 2017, at Vitas Hospice Unit at Baylor Hospital in Carrollton, Texas.
Virgil married Donna Louise (Rexroth) Anderson on May 11, 1940, in Greenup, Kentucky. They recently celebrated 76 years of marriage. He was a former deacon and member of the Lighthouse Memorial Church, Millersport.
During World War II, Virgil served in the United States Army where he was assigned to the 749th Railway Division, Southwest Pacific in the Philippines, Indo China, and Korea. He achieved the rank of Sergeant and performed duties as a brakeman and freight conductor. He earned the United States Army Good Conduct Medal, the Asian-Pacific Medal with one Bronze Star, the World War II Victory Medal, the World War II Philippine Liberation Medal, and a Meritorious Unit Award.
After the war, he worked for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad where he retired as a Conductor after 44 years. In 1946, Virgil moved next to the Licking County Children’s Home in Newark, where he would fix children’s toys. He also lived in Chillicothe, Newark, and Buckeye Lake. With over 30 years in the Buckeye Lake community, Virgil served as a Communications Dispatcher for the Ohio Civil Defense Corps and volunteered for the American Red Cross at Newark Memorial Hospital. Virgil has resided in Denton, Texas, for the past 12 years.
He will be remembered by his son and daughter-in-law, Virgil Dale and Martha Anderson of Denton, Texas; two grandsons, Barry Dale Anderson of Circleville, and Jeffrey Lee Anderson of Mason, Michigan; three grandchildren, Ben, Jonah, and Chloe; two step-grandchildren, Gregory D. Epley Jr. and Jennifer A. Brinson of Denton, Texas; and five step-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Louise (Rexroth) Anderson on May 19, 2016; sisters, Meda L. Anderson, Aldena Leota Dunn, Virginia Roberta Neill, Amelia C. Seymour, Carrie Beth McConoughe and Cornelia Jane Gilmore; and brothers, George C. and Ward F. Anderson.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Criss Wagner Hoskinson Funeral Home is honored to care for Virgil and his family.