Virgil Henry James Herold, 96, former Proctor and Brainerd resident, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009.
He was born on Jan. 22, 1913, in Spillville, Iowa, to Phillip and Mary (Cibuzar) Herold. The family moved to Davenport, Iowa, in 1921 and then to Mosinee, Wis. Virgil was a 1931 graduate of Mosinee High School. After graduation, he moved to Brainerd, Minn., to work for his uncle at the Coca Cola Bottling Plant and also worked for Russell Creamery. He then began a railroad career, working for the Northern Pacific Railroad, Union Pacific Railroad and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. Virgil married Neva Weigand on June 18, 1936, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Brainerd. In 1942, they moved to Proctor, where he lived until 1990. In 1942, Virgil began a career with the Duluth Missabe and Iron Range Railway, retiring in 1975 as a brakeman and conductor.
Following the death of his first wife, Neva, he married LaVonne "Bonnie" Young in 1973. Virgil was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus since 1938, having held the position of Grand Knight, Proctor Moose Lodge No. 1302 and served as Governor of the Moose Lodge, Lake Superior Steelhead Assn. and NAVRE. He was the first snowmobile safety instructor at the Proctor Moose and also taught gun safety. He was a former member of St. Rose Catholic Church, Proctor, from 1942 to 1990. Virgil was an avid hunter and fisherman and continued these activities until he was in his 80s. He enjoyed Las Vegas, bingo and watching grandchildren play sports, rarely missing an event. He enjoyed and had a great zest for life, living every day to the fullest. He was always there to lend a helping hand. Virgil was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Neva in 1971; second wife, LaVonne "Bonnie" in 1981; and brother, Julius in 1983. He is survived by daughters, Lisa (John) Bodell, of Hermantown, and Laurie (Steve Schutz) Weinberg, of River Falls, Wis.; stepchildren, Richard (Jean) Young, of Virginia, Minn., Charles (Margie) Young, of Merrifield, Minn., Bonnie (Tom) Mills, of Duluth, and Dennis (Shelley) Young, of Barnes, Wis.; many grandchildren and stepgrandchildren. He was very loved and surrounded by his family when he passed away.
Visitation will be Sunday from 4-7 p.m. with a Knights of Columbus Rosary recitation at 7 p.m. in Bell Brothers Funeral Home, Duluth. Visitation continues Monday from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Inurnment will be in Oneota Cemetery.
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