Virgil O. York, 90, of Thayer, Kansas passed away Monday, May 9, 2016 with his family by his side at the Prairie Mission Retirement Village, in St. Paul, Kansas.
Virgil was born March 9, 1926 in rural Neodesha, the son of Edgar O. and Vertie (Hicks) York. He grew up in Neodesha attending the Neodesha School System until the Government took him out of the eleventh grade and had him work on the farm.
On October 24, 1948 Virgil was united in marriage to Florence Failor in Neodesha, KS the couple made their home in Rural Thayer for sixty seven years and recently moved to Neodesha, KS. Florence survives at the home.
Virgil spent his life time as a farmer and rancher. Everyone that knew him always looked forward to his stories and sense of humor. Virgil was very proud of his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was a life member of the Masonic Lodge #149 in Thayer, member of the Eagles # 3448 in Neodesha for forty four years and for eight years served as president, served on the Wilson County #10 rural water district board and was president for three years for the Neodesha CO-OP.
Survivors include - daughter , Diane Stafford and husband Jerry of Rogers, AR; son James L. "Brownie" York and wife Mary Lea of Thayer KS; daughter Leia C. Hucke and husband Mike of Mound Valley, KS, one brother Wayne York of Sycamore, KS. One sister Jewel Smalley of Arvada, CO. Six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Cecil and Edwin York, one sister Eileen York and one granddaughter Amber Hucke.
A Graveside Celebration of Life Service will be held Thursday, at 10:00 a. m. May 12, 2016 at the Star Cemetery in Rural Thayer, Kansas with Masonic Rites. Kenny Richards will also officiate. Burial will follow under the direction of the Loran Fawcett Chapel in Neodesha, Kansas
Visitation will be held from 10:00 a. m. to 7:00 p. m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016 with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p. m. to 7:00 p. m. at the Loran Fawcett Chapel.
The family has suggested memorials to the Shriners Children Hospital and contributions may be left at or mailed to the Loran Fawcett Chapel at 704 Indiana, Neodesha 66757.