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Virgil Buntrock 1925-2009

Dec 29, 2009

A memorial Mass for Virgil Buntrock will be  at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 30th at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. Burial is in St. John’s Cemetery.  Military rites will be conducted by the V.F.W. Post 2295 of Emmetsburg.

The family will greet friends Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Joyce Funeral Home with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. The Joyce Funeral Home of Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Buntrock died  Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg. He was 84.

Virgil Buntrock was born August 29, 1925, in Vernon Springs Township, near Cresco, Iowa, the son of Fred and Anna (Smith) Buntrock.  He was a graduate of Cresco High School.  Following his education, Virgil entered the United States Navy.

On September 16, 1950, Virgil was united in marriage to Etta Tenney in Cresco, Iowa.  The couple made their home in Cresco where they raised their children.  Virgil was a self-employed painter.  He was a member of the Cresco American Legion Post 135 for 64 years and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.  Virgil enjoyed golfing and bowling.

He is survived by his wife, Etta of Emmetsburg;  children:  Patricia (Gerald) Theesfeld, James (Jan), Karyn Davis, Ronald and Denise;  brother, Ralph;  sister, Cecilia “Bunny” (Dale) DeSart;  13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Buntrock was preceded in death by his parents;  son, Dale;  infant son, Virgil Jr. and brother, Harold.

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