Virgil Ray Beltz, 81, of Cabool, Missouri, departed this life on October 17, 2020 surrounded by his family at his son Gary’s home.
He was born on December 16, 1938 at Willow Springs, Missouri, the son of Ray and Martha Lee (Wright) Beltz.
Virgil attended Willow Springs High School and graduated with the Class of 1957. After graduation he went with his parents to Fairbanks, Alaska. He worked different jobs until January 1960; at that time, he joined the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington, and spent six months in Germany.
On April 25, 1960 he married Fern Beasley and to this union three boys were born, Gary, Jimmy and Wayne. In 1963 he was honorably discharged from the Army. He worked as a Sears repairman for five years.
Virgil and Fern decided that Alaska was no place to raise the boys. They moved back to farm in Willow Springs. Virgil built two of their homes and a dairy barn. He also drove a school bus for Cabool and Willow Springs school districts.
After retirement he started studying the Bible with the Shepherd’s Chapel. He enjoyed Bible study with the family and anybody else that would listen. He loved playing pinochle with the family and enjoyed family time.
Virgil was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents; one brother, Jim Beltz; and a daughter-in-law, Anna.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Fern of the home; his sons, Gary and wife Patty of Leeton, Missouri, Jim and wife Darla of Mountain Grove, Missouri, and Wayne and wife Kathy of Mountain Grove; one brother, Jerry and wife Wanda of St. George, Utah; 12 grandchildren, Michael Beltz and wife Brittany, Jessica “Jessie” Eidson and husband Eric, Miranda Niesen and husband Ed, Sandy Mooneyham and husband Eric, Tony Beltz, Jennifer “Jenny” Starnes and husband Ethan, David Beltz and wife Nicole, Russell Beltz and wife Julia, Heath Rodgers and wife Amanda, Kaleb Rodgers and wife Erin, Michelle Parsons and husband Mike and Mary Ann McGee and husband Daniel; 27 great-grandchildren plus numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Graveside services were held on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at Clear Springs Cemetery with Nolan Earls officiating. Pallbearers were David Beltz, Russell Beltz, Tony Beltz, Ethan Starnes, Eric Eidson and Eric Mooneyham. Honorary pallbearers were Heath Rodgers and Kaleb Rodgers. Interment with full military honors was in Clear Springs Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.