Virgil A. Carico Sr., 92, Des Lacs, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at ManorCare Health Services in Minot.
Virgil Arden Carico was born on May 9, 1921, in Pillsbury, to Jefferson and Alice (Gage) Carico. He was raised and educated in Pillsbury and graduated from Pillsbury High School. While in high school, Virgil was a standout pitcher for his baseball team. He continued playing baseball in an adult league for Palermo and Kathryn.
Virgil was drafted into the Army in November of 1942. He proudly served his country during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. During this time he received the following medals: American Theater Service Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal, and the Overseas Service Bar. He was honorably discharged in November of 1945.
Following his honorable discharge he returned to work with the Great Northern Railway (now Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad) as a track inspector until he retired in 1985.
Virgil was married to LaVetta "Betty" Berntson in May 1, 1946. They resided in Des Lacs, where he enjoyed fishing, gardening, playing cards and a monthly trip to the casino. He also showed a love and compassion for animals. He will always be remembered for the pride he took in being a WW II veteran and a railroad worker as well as a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by: his wife of 67 years, Betty; son, Virgil Jr., and his wife, Dee; daughters, Sandra and husband, Richard Trondson, Sharon Fjeldahl, Ann Hennix, and Teresa Carico. He also leaves his many grandchildren, David Carico, Dawn (Carico) Keelin, Brian Trondson, Nathan Fjeldahl, Kayla (Fjeldahl) Moore, Patrick and Paxton Perlichek; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, Jefferson and Alice Carico; brothers, Hank, Art, Cloyce, and Billy; sisters, Eva Carlson and Ruth Carico; and son-in-law, Daniel Fjeldahl.
Funeral: Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot.
Interment: Monday, at 3 p.m. at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan.
Visitation: Today, Aug. 4, from noon to 5 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
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