Virgil LaVern Roness was born Nov. 25, 1930, in Noonan, to Einar and Elvira (Glasoe) Roness. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, rural Noonan. Zion Lutheran Church was built by his grandfather, Michael Glasoe.
Virgil grew up on a farm south of Noonan, attended local country schools, and graduated from Noonan High School in 1948. Virgil attended college in Fargo before enlisting in the Air Force. He was stationed in Mississippi and Germany from 1951 to 1952. Following his discharge, Virgil moved to Spokane, Wash.
In 1959, when his mother passed away, Virgil returned to Noonan to live with his father, and operated Virgil's Fountain Service, formerly Crum's Drug Store, for a few years. Virgil then moved to Kent, Wash., to work for Boeing Aircraft and to pursue his career as an electrician.
With a partner, Virgil started their own company, Bekk's Electric. He later sold the business, retired, and returned to North Dakota with his son. They lived in Williston, Wilton, Bismarck, and Fargo, where he was living at the time of his death. Virgil died peacefully Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, in Sanford Health Palliative Care Unit, Fargo, at 81 years of age.
Virgil is survived by: his son, Boumediene "Boomer" Tolhi, Fargo; sister, Lois Redka, Williston; 21 nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Redka and Roland Zimmerman; and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Maurice and his wife, Adaline; four sisters, infant Lucille, Agnes Zimmerman, Ethel Redka, and Marlene Beaver; brother-in-law, Arvin Redka; and a niece, Gayle Affolter, and her husband, Earl.
Virgil enjoyed traveling, and took a trip to Norway with his father and aunt Rags. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, gardening, and basketball games, and was an excellent cook. Virgil was a kind, caring and generous person. He held a special place in the hearts of his family, son, sister, nieces and nephews, and all his friends throughout his life.
The memories will always be with us, but he will be dearly missed by all who loved him.
Memorial service for Virgil: Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at 11 a.m. in Zion Lutheran Church, south of Noonan. Pastor Ethyl Mae Nelson will officiate. Inurnment will follow in the church cemetery.
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(Korsmo Funeral Service, Moorhead, Minn.)