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Virgil A. Wagner, 74

Virgil A. Wagner, age 74, of Rockford, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at his farm near Rockford.

He was born March 7, 1939, on the family farm in Rockford, the son of Martin and Evelyn Wagner.

Virgil was baptized April 2, 1939, and confirmed into the Christian faith at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hanover May 24, 1953.

He was married to Edith Giese Sept. 24, 1960, at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenfield. Following their marriage, Virgil engaged in farming on the family farm until he retired the summer of 2002.

Virgil loved and enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren with all his heart. His love for hunting, fishing, and helping his son, Brian, farm filled his retirement years with endless joy.

He was a faithful member of Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford.

Virgil is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Edith Wagner; children Lori and Dennis Peterson of Rockford, Val & Ed Sjolin of Hanover, and Brian Wagner and Tena Martin of Howard Lake; grandchildren Nathan Sjolin, Nicholas Sjolin, Mitchell Peterson, Carrie (Peterson) and Andy Beyer, Stephanie (Wagner) and Kyle Lindsley, Andrew Wagner and Angela (Wagner) and Anthony Richter; and great-grandchildren McKenna and Brody Lindsley and Aubree Beyer.

He is further survived by a brother, Lyle and Linda Wagner; mother-in-law Caroline Giese; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Arlyn and Kathy Koecher, Fern Boyer, and Leah Wandersee; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Evelyn Wagner and by his father-in-law: Waldemar Giese.

Funeral services took place Friday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford with Pastor Michael Barlow officiating. Interment followed at Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford.

Visitation was Thursday, Nov. 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford, with a prayer service at 8 p.m. There was further visitation at the church Friday morning, Nov. 8 one hour prior to services.

Casket bearers were Nathan Sjolin, Mitchell Peterson, Nicholas Sjolin, Andrew Wagner, Andy Beyer, Kyle Lindsley, Anthony Richter, Neal “Pete” Roth, and Jim Dixon.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com.