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Virgil Funk

February 12, 1915 — June 7, 2014

Virgil L. Funk

Roanoke- Virgil L. Funk, 99, of Roanoke, passed away at 2:09 pm on Saturday June 7, 2014 at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.

Virgil was born on February 12, 1915 near Francesville, IN to John C. and Alice Steffen Funk. He married Marie E. Grebner on February 1, 1941 in Kansas City, MO. She died on August 7, 2012 at the age of 93. Except for the WWII years, they spent their entire life together in Roanoke.

Surviving are two sons, John (Peggy) Funk of Morton, IL; James (Marsha) Funk of Carlock, IL; one sister, Eunice Schupbach of Normal; one sister-in-law Esther Funk of Roanoke; five grandchildren, Matt (Staci) Funk; Lynn (Phil) Halcomb; Kyle (Christina) Funk; Kirk (Nina Patel) Funk; Karly Funk; and seven great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, and three sisters.

Much of his early life was spent living and working on family farms in central Illinois. Virgil graduated from Roanoke High School in 1933. He worked at the Altorfer Bros. Company (ABC) factory in Peoria from 1934-1941.

In 1941, Virgil enlisted in the US Navy and saw extensive action onboard a gunboat in the South Pacific including the invasion of Leyte in the Philippines. He was a member of the Roanoke American Legion Post #463. In 2011, at 96, he participated in a Veterans Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

Soon after returning from military service, he was hired by Caterpillar Tractor Company, completed a two-year apprentice training program and spent a total of 32 years with the company before retiring in early 1977. For many years, Virgil also owned a tractor business in Roanoke, working for contractors and farmers and plowing gardens for locals.

Virgil and Marie were avid gardeners, fishermen, golfers and Cubs fans. He played baseball, both before and after the war for the Roanoke town team. Always fit, he also enjoyed hunting and active sports with family memembers.

He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus in Roanoke.

Funeral mass will be held on Tuesday at 10:30 am. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Roanoke. Fr. Eugene Radosevich will officiate. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:00-10:30 am on Tuesday prior to the services at the church. Burial with military rites will be in Roanoke Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Apostolic Christian Home or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


JUN 10. 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (CDT)

St. Joseph Catholic Church - Roanke
508 W. Randolph
Roanoke, IL 61561

Funeral Mass

JUN 10. 10:30 AM (CDT)

St. Joseph Catholic Church - Roanke
508 W. Randolph
Roanoke, IL 61561

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