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Virgil Johnson

October 02, 1926 - August 21, 2010


Wednesday, August 25 from 12:00-1:00 pm at St. John Lutheran Church, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

Wednesday, August 25 at 1:00 pm at St. John Lutheran Church, Fargo.


Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Virgil Johnson

October 02, 1926 - August 21, 2010


Virgil C. Johnson, 83 of Fargo, died Saturday, August 21, 2010 at Bethany Retirement Living under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Virgil was born on October 2, 1926 in Daneville Township, North Dakota to Herman and Ruth (Christensen) Johnson.  He graduated from high school in Crosby, ND in 1947.  He started working with Northwestern Bell Telephone Company before serving in the Army during the Korean Conflict.  Virgil married Marvel Zavalney on April 7, 1951 in Parshall, ND.  After his discharge from the military he continued working with Northwestern Bell until his retirement in 1983.  From 1962-1965 he served on the North Dakota Medical Center Advisory Council and from 1973-1979 he served on the Social Service Board of North Dakota.  Following his retirement he stayed active by helping Marvel’s brothers with farming, helped with cemetery maintenance in Moorhead and also with auto auctions.  He enjoyed coin collecting and square dancing and was a member of “Y” Promenaders and Circle 8 square dancing clubs and was a life member of Red River Valley Coin Club.  Virgil was also an active member of Telephone Pioneers, Mended Hearts and St. John Lutheran Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Luella Lee Johnson; 3 brothers, Lyle, DeMiles and Roger; step-brother, Ervin Lee and granddaughter, Memory Pike.

Virgil is survived by his wife, Marvel of Fargo; son, Gary (Eileen) Johnson of Apple Valley, MN; daughters, Deborah (Ken) Nicolas of Dripping Springs, TX, Gail Johnson of Alexandria, VA, Sherri (John) Pike of Alexandria, VA; grandchildren, Phyllip Johnson, Alicia Johnson, William Pike, Daniel Pike; brothers, Glenn (Diania) Johnson of Underwood, ND, Mark (Vicki) Johnson of Luck, WI; step-brothers, Glen (Vicki) Lee of Crosby, ND; step-sisters, Marion (John) Benter of Crosby, ND, Alice (Gerald) Homstead of Yerington, NV and Marlys (Allen) Ekness of Westby, MT.

Memorials are preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley.


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  1. Norene A Boswell says:

    Walkersville mdMy heart and my prayers will be with you all on Wednesday.

    All my love,

  2. Monte /Karen Anderson says:

    Perham Minnesota
    Was sorry to hear of Virgil’s death. We had good times Square Dancing with both of you. Many Memories.

  3. Susan Normyle says:

    Sherri and Family,

    Sending our love and prayers for you and your family.

    The Beeby and Normyle Families

  4. peggy gaynor says:

    Fargo Mrs. Johnson, we spoke by phone when I provided Hospice support for your husband. I just want to send you my sympathy and prayers at this time of death and hope you have peace of heart, knowing how well cared for he was. May he rest in peace, Peggy

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