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Virgil H. Schlotte, 85

Virgil Henry Schlotte, age 85, formerly of Cokato, passed away very peacefully at the Houston, Texas VA Hospital, where he was hospitalized with esophageal cancer and shingles.

He was born Feb. 10, 1934 in Webster, SD, the son of Henry Gustave Schlotte and Gladys Irene (Ludtke) Schlotte.

Virgil learned farming skills from his father, which he enjoyed and used all his life as he developed a strong work ethic.

He was drafted into the Army in 1954, and served in S. Korea until 1956.

Virgil married the love of his life, Alice Griepp, Aug. 18, 1956. They raised four children: Randy, Rodney, Barbara, and Betsy.

In 1967, the family moved from St. Louis Park to a small farm on the northeast shore of Collinwood Lake, near Cokato, where Virgil enjoyed country living, raising animals, and developing lakeshore, which he named “On the Virg of Paradise,” while pursuing his 35-year career in plastics.

Virgil dearly loved his family, and taught them the joy of accomplishment and his motto “Never Say Can’t.” After retirement, he created instant antiques (cupboards, etc), which antique dealers readily snatched up.

His favorite song was “My God is Real” by Pat Boone. He loved to spend time with his 13 grandchildren; and 18 great- grandchildren.

Virgil is survived by his wife of 63 years, Alice; one wonderful brother, Myron, and wife Janet; and many swell nieces, nephews, and friends who he loved.

A celebration of Virgil’s life took place Friday, Oct. 4 in Willis, TX; and interment will be at the Stockholm Cemetery, rural Cokato.

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