He was born Jan. 22, 1927, near Golden, a son of Herman and Emily Flesner. He married Marilyn Schuster on Nov. 26, 1949, in Golden. She survives.
Virgil attended Maplewood High School in Camp Point. In 1945 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country in Berlin, Germany. Upon return from the Army he returned to Golden and began farming. He was later employed as a truck driver for Gaines Trucking of Bowen, and served 14 years as the Northeast Township road commissioner.
He also assisted at the Briggs and Hunter Funeral Home in Golden and the Hamilton Funeral Home in Augusta for many years. He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Golden, Golden American Legion Post No. 801, Camp Point VFW Post No. 5410 and the 40 and 8.
Virgil enjoyed his retirement. He practiced woodworking in his garage, and there wasn't a repair job that he couldn't do when it came to restoring the many antiques his family brought to him to fix. He was a loving grandfather to his descendents and enjoyed their many accomplishments. He participated in league bowling and bowled a 300 in his life, which he was proud of. He was a good dancer and was always on the dance floor at the many weddings he attended throughout his life.
Surviving along with his wife of 66 years are his children, Marcia (Diane) Flesner of Columbia, Mo., Audrey Eyler (Bob Kerr) of LaPrairie, Christine (Jack) Hamilton of Augusta, Rod (Pam) Flesner of Camp Point, Sandy (Denny) Nichols of Ursa, Jeff (Cindy) Flesner of Ursa, Greg (Alana) Flesner of Bowen; six brothers, Kenneth (Edna) Flesner, Delbert (Norma) Flesner, Dean (Anne) Flesner, Roger (Diana) Flesner, Merlin (Betty) Flesner, all of Golden, and Larry (Sally) Flesner of Carterville; three sisters, Imogene Leenerts, Evelyn Aden, both of Golden, and Maxine Ideus of Tucson, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Roberta Belden; and a granddaughter, Kathy Rigney.
SERVICES: 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at the Hunter Funeral Home, Golden, with Pastor Mike Grieve conducting. Burial will be in Golden Memorial Garden, with military honors by Golden American Legion Post No. 801, Camp Point VFW Post No. 5410 and Illinois Military Funeral Honors Detail.
VISITATION: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Holy Cross Lutheran Church or Golden Good Shepherd Home.
ARRANGEMENTS: Hamilton Funeral Home, Augusta.