CANTON, SD—Virgil Carlson, 78, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at Ava’s House in Sioux Falls, SD. Per his wishes, a graveside service were held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at Canton Lutheran Cemetery in Canton, SD.

Virgil was born in Hawarden on June 23, 1941, to Curtis and Marge (Velgersdyk) Carlson. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Judith Mae Thompson on June 24, 1961, in Wheeling, WV. After his discharge from the service, the couple moved back to Hawarden, where Virgil worked for a packing plant and later for Ottis Radio. After moving to Canton, he worked for Ottis Radio, Canton Locker and spent 24 years as a custodian in the Canton Community School District. He enjoyed hunting, especially raccoons, fishing, raising rabbits and coon dogs and spending time with his family.

Virgil is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judy; son, Brian (Tammy) Carlson, Marion, SD; daughters, Deb (Scott) Thompson, Canton, Annette Williams, Sioux Falls, and Eva Powell, Canton; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Verlys (Chuck) Sandahl, Hawarden; brother, Roger (June) Abbott, Clarion; along with numerous extended relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Clint, in 2015.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Sioux Falls Humane Society (3720 E. Benson Road, Sioux Falls, SD, 57104) or Alcester Care and Rehab Center (Attn: Jill, P.O. Box 500, 101 Church St., Alcester, SD, 57001).