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Virgil E. Melquist, 97

Virgil Elroy Melquist, age 97, of Cokato, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Buffalo.

He was born Sept. 23, 1922, to Walter and Alice (Beckman) Melquist of Cokato, and grew up in a loving home on the farm north of Cokato.

Virgil was baptized and confirmed at Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cokato, where he was a life-long member and served on many committees throughout the years.

He was united in marriage to Lucille Ruge May 14, 1947, at her church in Maple Lake. To this union, two children; Duane and Daryl, were born.

After finishing the eighth grade, Virgil went to work on the farm, where he helped with dairy and crop farming, and worked at the saw mill, cutting wood which was used to build many buildings in the area.

Virgil and Lucy enjoyed going to church and attending Bible study. Virgil also enjoyed working on several church projects over the years, and helped build the church stand for the corn carnival. His other interests included playing cards, softball games, and dancing. He particularly liked polka.

Virgil was especially proud of his family, and enjoyed spending quality time with them.

Virgil is survived by his sons, Duane (Mary) of Cokato, and Daryl (Linda) of Eden Prairie; grandchildren Damon (Tresha) Melquist of Cokato, Stephanie (Dan) Robertson of Cokato, Michelle (Phil) Uecker of Cokato, Amber Lacina of Shakopee, and Kalie (TJ) Daniel of Las Vegas, NV; and great-grandchildren Kenzie, Kylie and Kasey Melquist, Olivia, Gabrielle and Raquel Robertson, Adalyn and Sawyer Lacina, Stella Daniel, and Bryer Uecker.

Virgil’s funeral service was Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. at Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cokato handled the arrangements.

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