April 11, 2014


Virgil Emil Anderson, 86, passed away on Friday, April 4, 2014 in Mesa, Ariz.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 14, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona, with the Rev. Joseph Seifert officiating. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Arcadia Cemetery in Arcadia.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona, with a 5 p.m. prayer service. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made in Virgil's name for disadvantaged children to Salesmanship Club of Dallas, 106 E. 10th St. Suite 200, Dallas, Texas 75203 or for missions and scholarship to Trinity Lutheran Church, 520 N. Garfield, Algona, Iowa 50511.

The Lentz Funeral Home in Algona is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left atwww.lentzfuneralhome.com.

Virgil was born March 2, 1928, in Crawford County, Iowa, to Emil Victor and Blanche Matilda (Bukacek) Anderson. After graduating from Vail High School, Virgil farmed the family farm south of Vail. Virgil married Violetta Noelck on May 25, 1958, at Zion Lutheran Church in Arcadia, Iowa. Violetta passed away in May 1993.

As an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, he served as elder and on various boards. In addition, he worked for the Crawford County Assessor for 10 years and served as president and member of the Vail Community Club, member of the FHA Board, Farm Bureau, and as a township committeeman.

In 1980, Virgil was elected to the Crawford County Board of Supervisors. During his 16 years of service, he was chairman of Region 12 Council of Governments, ADA, 3rd Judicial Board, Board of Health, Transit Advisory Board, New Hope Board, and chairman of the Iowa State Supervisors Affiliate for Iowa State Association of Counties and on the ISAC Board of Directors.

On June 29, 1996, Virgil married Laurel Brockmeyer Fantz and moved to their home near Bode, Iowa. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona, Algona Senior Center and past chairman of the Bode Community Club. Virgil enjoyed playing cards, fishing at Lost Island Lake, and spending winters at Towerpoint RV Resort in Mesa, Ariz. Gardening was one of Virgil's favorite pastimes, and he enjoyed sharing and canning the produce. He was especially known for his canned dill pickles, salsa, and sauerkraut.

Virgil is survived by his wife, Laurel; daughter Bette Rathjen and husband Eric of Arlington, Texas; son, Arlin Anderson of Omaha, Neb.; stepdaughters, Sheree Fantz-Gut and husband Tom of Seattle, Wash.; Rachael Fantz-Hancock and husband, Andy of Steilacoom, Wash.; stepson Joel Fantz and wife Mina of Emmetsburg, Iowa; six grandchildren, Caroline Fantz, Helena Fantz, Weston Fantz, Sophia Gut, Reuben Gut and Lukas Gut; brother-in-law Walter Listamann; sister-in-law Gladys Noelck; nieces, nephews, and several other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife Violetta; his parents, Emil and Blanche Bukacek Anderson; his sister and brother-in-law Alice and Burdell Schmidt; sister Cheryl Listamann; and brother-in-law Vernon Noelck.