Virgil Peter “ Wilbur “ Person, 82, of Mauriceville, passed from this life Wednesday, March 25, at his home surrounded by his loved ones.
Born Sept. 6, 1932 in Florence, SD, to Olaf Elmer and Dorra Magdalena (Jankord) Person, he lived in the Orange area since 1953.
He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orange, worked as an operator for the Chevron Chemical Plant in Orange and he served his country honorably as a member of the United States Navy during the Korean Era. He was very much of a family man who enjoyed playing softball, working crossword puzzles, hunting, fishing, reading and watching western movies.
Virgil is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Leo Person, Lawrence Person and Tony Person and his sister, Mary Korbel.
Those who will most cherish his memory are his wife of 62 years, Elizabeth “ Betty “ Person of Mauriceville; sons, Jon Person and wife, Donna of Mauriceville and Jerry Person and wife, Sheila of Fairmont; daughters, Jeanne Benoit and husband, Matt of Mauriceville and Janet Barrios and husband, Mark of Thibodaux, La; brother, Herman Person of Bowdle, SD; numerous grandchildren, great grand grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family.
Services to remember and honor Virgil’s life will be held at 10:30 am, Monday, March 30, at a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on Meeks Drive in Orange. Father Thomas E. Phelan, pastor of the church will be the celebrant. Rites of Christian burial, military honors and interment will follow services at The Cemetery on F. M. 1130 in Mauriceville.
Honoring Virgil as pallbearers are Rudy Pachuca, Bubba Lowe, Gerald Couthran, Davis Aytes, Mike Lovett and Justin Person. Honorary pallbearers are Matthew Benoit, Cory Benoit, Derek Barrios, Herman Person and Rusty Person.
Virgil’s family wishes to express sincerest of thanks to Dr. John Henderson and his staff and the staff and care teams of River City Hospice and Compassion Hospice.
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