Virgil Dempewolf, 94, of Spring Valley

Virgil Dempewolf

Virgil Ray Dempewolf, 94, of Spring Valley, died on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, at the Spring Valley Care Center.

He was born on Sept. 28, 1923, in rural Cresco, Iowa, to Roy and Jennie (Davis) Dempewolf.

He attended Cresco High School.

He later served in the United States Navy during World War II, stationed at Subic Bay in the Philippines.

After serving in the war, he returned to farming near Cresco.

He met his wife, Marie at the Terp Ballroom in Austin. They married on June 6, 1959, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Myrtle, Minn.

The couple farmed near Cresco. Then in 1964, they bought a farm and raised their family near Spring Valley.

He had a passion for farming; it was his life’s work. He loved being outdoors and enjoyed long road trips, traveling to many parts of the country. He also loved entertaining grandchildren with hayrides and farm life.

He was a longtime member of Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley. He was a wonderful father and grandfather. He was kind and always had a smile on his face. He lived a life of gratitude every single day.

He is survived by four daughters, Dawn May (Matthew Murtha) of Hampton, N.H., Denise Dempewolf of Rochester, Donna Dempewolf of Spring Valley and Darcy Buschmann (Doug) of Grand Meadow; son, Royal (Lynne) Dempewolf of rural Spring Valley; eight grandchildren, Stephanie (Eyal Ezra), Elizabeth, Grant, Reid, Crystal, Mitchel, Tyler and Tanner; two great-grandchildren, Amy and Levi and brother, Morris (Judith) Dempewolf of Spring Valley.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie; grandson, Samuel May and sisters, Evelyn Dempewolf and Irene Krueger.

A funeral service for him was held on Friday, Sept. 14, at Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Deanna Woodward officiating. Burial followed in the Etna Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to the Etna Cemetery, Faith United Methodist Church or the Spring Valley American Legion.