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Hope Lutheran Church
Monday January 8th, 2018

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Hope Lutheran Church
Monday January 8th, 2018

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Virgil William Ufkin

Virgil William Ufkin was born on December 27, 1917, in Omro Township, Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota. He grew up on the family farm, attended country school and graduated from Canby High School. Virgil attended Teacher’s Training and taught country school for a few years. On July 6, 1941, he was united in marriage to Ruth Pearson. The couple moved to Minneota and purchased the Gambles Store. Virgil was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942. He served with Patton’s Army in Europe. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Minneota. He was re-activated during the Korean War and served at a supply depot in Baltimore. After his service, he returned and continued to run the store in Minneota until he retired in 1983. As was typical of his generation, Virgil had a strong commitment to his community. He was instrumental in starting the Minneota Golf Course, Swimming Pool and Trail System. He was a charter member of the Rotary Club and was an active member of Hope Lutheran Church. Virgil enjoyed wintering in Arizona. After his wife, Ruth, died, Virgil was later married to Mary Johnston in 1998. The couple continued enjoying their retirement until Mary’s death in 2016. Virgil died on Thursday, January 04, 2018, at the Minneota Manor in Minneota. He is survived by his son Bill (and Alison) Ufkin of Minneota and daughter Jean Ufkin of Minneapolis, grandson Tony Ufkin of Minneapolis, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wives, Ruth and Mary, granddaughter Emily, brothers Willis (and Bea,) Donald (and Doris,) and sister Betty (and Orville) Ormseth.

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Please allow us to express our deepest condolences for your family's loss. We hope that you will find comfort in the real hope that the Bible gives of being reunited with your loved one again. In the Bible at John 5:28, 29 it reads, "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.". The Bible there promises that your loved one will come back to life again in the resurrection. (Acts 24:15) The Bible also promises that soon death will be no more. (Revelation 21:3, 4) We encourage you to visit JW.org for more information about this wonderful hope.

Joshua & Abby Jan 9 2018 12:49 PM

So sorry to hear of Virgil's passing! Keeping the entire Ufkin family in my prayers...

Cara Nielsen Jan 7 2018 4:25 PM

Keeping Jean Ufkin and the entire Ufkin family in our thoughts and prayers. Lora & Theresa Longmont, Colorado

Lora Morgan Jan 6 2018 6:29 PM