Virgil L. Borchers, 72, of Brunsville, died Saturday, April 29, 2006, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Virgil Lee Borchers was born March 6, 1934, in Akron, the son of John "Jack" and Elsie (Klemme) Borchers. Virgil was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter Lutheran Church. He attended country school near Brunsville and graduated in 1952 from Le Mars Central High School. Virgil served his country during the Korean Conflict from 1955 to 1958 where he was stationed in Alaska. Upon being discharge from the service, he returned to Brunsville to work in the family business, Borchers Grain and Feed.
Virgil was united in marriage to Cecelia Witt on March 3, 1961, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Brunsville. He later purchased the grain and feed store and also operated the DX Station and tank wagon service in Brunsville until 1982. After selling the business, Virgil managed the Elks Club in Le Mars for a few years. He later went to work for Northwest Airlink in Sioux City managing the parts and service department. He then went to work for John Morrell in Sioux City working in the parts and service department until his retirement in 1988.
Virgil was a lifelong member of St. Peter Lutheran Church where he was on the Cemetery Board for more than 30 years, served on Church Council, trustee, and volunteered wherever he could. He was a member of the Le Mars Elks Club and had served as Exalted Ruler in 1978 and later as District Deputy in northwest Iowa. He was a life member of the L & O Investment Club and served as treasurer for 25 years. He was a member of the Heeren-McHale-Wilken American Legion Post #724 of Brunsville.
In earlier years, Virgil enjoyed stock car racing and being one of the sponsors of Larry's Automotive race car.
Virgil and Cecelia enjoyed going to auctions together. Through the years Virgil amassed a large collection of die-cast cars, tractors, and HO gauge trains. The couple also enjoyed traveling throughout the world when Cecelia worked as a travel agent.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Cecelia of Brunsville; three children: Michael and his wife, Sandra Borchers of Tomah, Wis., and their children Dawn and her husband Derek Woods, Brian Borchers and his fiance, Alicia Bomgartner; Kevin and his wife, Keri Borchers of Le Mars and their children Logan Robbins and Colan Borchers; and Donna and her husband Mark Morehead of Merrill and their children Mitchell, Benjamin, and Karson Morehead; a brother, Richard and his wife Jane Borchers of Wayzata, Minn.; an aunt and uncle, Dick and Darlene Youngstrom of Kansas City, Mo.; a niece, Sarah Borchers and her husband, Brian Kingsley of Long Lake, Minn.; a nephew, John and his wife, Christina Borchers of Atherton, Calif.; special family friends, Carol Schlotfeldt of Brunsville, Jerry Traufler of Le Mars, Larry Molzen of Le Mars, and William and Janice Renken of Brunsville.
Virgil was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Debra Borchers; a grandson, Alex David Morehead; and a special friend, Ray Schlotfeldt.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Brunsville with the Rev. Dan Gerrietts officiating. Inurnment with military honors provided by the Heeren-McHale-Wilken American Legion Post #724 will be in St. Peter Cemetery, Brunsville.. Visitations with the family present will be after 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Honorary casketbearers will be his grandchildren.
Memorials may be given to St. Peter Lutheran Church or the Brunsville Four Seasons Garden Club.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.