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Virgil Leroy Lancaster

November 12, 1935 November 5, 2018
Virgil Leroy Lancaster
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Virgil Leroy Lancaster age 82 of Burr Oak, Michigan passed away Monday morning November 5, 2018 at the Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
He was born November 12, 1935 in Burr Oak, Michigan son of the late Kenneth B. and Maude A. (Schrader) Lancaster.
Virgil’s early life until entering the sixth grade was spent in Burr Oak when the family moved to Mesa, Arizona. He graduated from high school in 1953 and resided in Tempe, Arizona from 1957-1997. Virgil retired in 1997 from Jorgenson Steel in Phoenix, Arizona following 35 years of dedicated employment. At that time he moved to Apache Junction where he lived until 2003 when he returned to Burr Oak.
On August 2, 2003 he married Retha (Harris) Hackett at the First Baptist Church in Sturgis by the Rev. James Bender. Virgil was saved by God’s grace in 1959 and rededicated his life to God in 2003.
He was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Army from 1955-1957 earning the rank of SP3.
Virgil had a passion for travel and adventure. Some of his many adventures included hiking the Great Wall of China in 1999, a seven day rafting trip through the Grand Canyon, and hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, traveling to Indian ruins and traveling throughout many of the national parks. He sang in choirs for over 50 years and enjoyed singing God’s praises, reading, especially Western History and WWI and WWII history. He also enjoyed puzzles, playing cards and yard work and he loved spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife: Retha; one sister: Lois Faust of LaGrange, Indiana; step-son: Randy (Norma) Hackett of Evart; step-daughters: Vickie (Jim) Barfield of Sturgis, Debra Yee of Coldwater, Patricia (Lloyd) Littlefield of Wolverine Lake, Gloria (Ed) Szoyka of Elfrida, Arizona and Beverly (Karl) Watkins of Mesa, Arizona; 12 step-grandchildren; several step-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two step-grandchildren: Daniel Barfield and Kristen Littlefield and one brother: Donald L. Lancaster.
In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial graveside service and burial of the ashes will take place at 11:00 A.M. Saturday at the Burr Oak Cemetery in Burr Oak. The Rev. David Porter of the Colon Church of Christ will officiate. Full military honors will be conferred by Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW and the U.S. Army Honor Guard.
The Hackman Family Funeral Homes of Sturgis is entrusted with the arrangements.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Lancaster’s memory consider the Colon Church of Christ, 107 Broadway St., Colon, MI 49040.
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Burr Oak Cemetery

6550 Middle Colon Road
Burr Oak, MI 49030

Burr Oak Cemetery
6550 Middle Colon Road Burr Oak 49030 MI
United States

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Burr Oak Cemetery Final Resting Place

6550 Middle Colon Road
Burr Oak, MI 49030

6550 Middle Colon Road Burr Oak 49030 MI
United States

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