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Virgil Gingerich, 89, of Washington, passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at the Oakridge Nursing Home in Washington.
He was born on March 8, 1928, in Daviess County, to David and Mary (Knepp) Gingerich.
Virgil was a charter member of the Bethel Mennonite Church and a self- employed businessman. He worked for Texas Refinery Corp. for 32 years, won awards, and was inducted into the Texas Refinery Corp. Hall of Fame in 2012.
He married Alta Viola Swartzentruber on October 3, 1952, and she preceded him in death on February 14, 1983.
He then married Norma (Bauer) Roach on October 3, 1992, and she preceded him in death on March 4, 2008.
He is preceded in death by his parents, David and Mary; spouses Alta Gingerich, Norma Gingerich; one daughter, Sherri Gleason; one son, Terry Joe Gingerich; one great-granddaughter, Anastasia Abell; and his siblings, Elizabeth (Aaron) Stoll, Esther (Menno) Graber, Rachel (Noah) Knepp, Viola (Abraham) Knepp, Verda (Robert) Stoll, Mary Margaret (Dave) Kemp, John (Elizabeth) Gingerich, Jacob (Rosa) Gingerich and David Gingerich.
Virgil is survived by one daughter, Sandy (Terry) Collins; step-children Keturah (Tom) Birt and Laquetta Roach; grandchildren Ryan Swartzentruber, Dustin Gingerich, Rachel Collins, Nicole Abell; step-grandsons, Aaron Birt, Matthew Birt, Raygan Lee Roach, Brandon Greenlee, and Kristine Georges; several great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and one sister-in-law, Martha Gingerich.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Bethel Mennonite Church.
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 14, 2017, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Bethel Mennonite Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Arrangements were provided by Blake and Wagler Funeral Home in Montgomery.
Online condolences can be made at www.blakefuneralhomes.com
Published on April 13, 2017
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