Virgil A. Newman, 76, Minot, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in his home.
Virgil Archie Newman was born Aug. 2, 1936, the son of Ernest and Olga (Heggem) Newman, on the family farm south of Velva. He was raised and educated on the family farm and attended school in Woodliff School District.
Virgil raised black angus cattle, which were his pride and joy. Many were the nights he slept on the couch while waiting for a calf to be born. It was a sad day when he had to part with his cattle because of his health problems.
He and his father farmed together until his father passed away. He spent many long days and nights doing field work. His favorite tractors were the International brand. He later auctioned his farm equipment off when he retired.
Virgil's favorite pastimes were roller skating, ice skating, snowmobiling, photography and hunting. He looked forward to the threshing bees and eating out with his mother. During the 2011 flood, and seeing his trailer rolled over and his lifelong possessions gone, was very devastating to him.
Virgil's church and faith were very important to him as well as the relationships he built with all his pastors, Pastors Charles Bollinger, Bobby Carrico, G.W. Pearson, and Jesse Starr.
Surviving family includes: sister, Eileen Emly, Minot; sister-in-law, Alice Newman, Minot; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.
Virgil was preceded in death by his parents; twin brother, Vernon; brothers, Elmo, Robert, and Harold Newman; and brother-in-law, George Emly.
Funeral: Monday, April 22, 2013, at 1 p.m., at Apostolic Faith Church (UPC), Minot.
Visitation: Sunday, April 21, from noon to 5 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Burial: Velva Community Cemetery, at a later date.
Memorials: Are preferred to Meals on Wheels, the soup kitchen of choice or to an organization of the donor's choice.
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