Virgel Miller

Virgel Miller

Virgel W. Miller, age 89 of Stacy died on Monday, April 7, 2014 at his home.
Virgel was born on February 3, 1925 in Minneapolis to Earl and Selma (Bergquist) Miller. He graduated from Patrick Henry High School. He enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942 serving in WW II as a nose gunner for the 467th Bomb Group 2nd Air Division, stationed in Rackheath England a member of Moffett Crew. He was awarded five air medals and four battle stars. He met the love of his of his life, Maureen Lemancik and they married on Valentines Day in 1946. They enjoyed 68 years together. Virgel was a parachute packer for the Air Force Reserve at Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport. Virgel and his wife owned and operated Corral Drive-In on West Broadway in Minneapolis. Virgel was the first president of the local 1997 charter of AFGE (American Federation of Government Employees). He became the National Vice President of AFGE covering the states of MN, SD, ND, NE andIA. He was re-elected ten times without opposition. Virgel was chairman of the budget and finance committee for 300,000 union members. He retired in May 1990. He was a member of the VFW Everett McKay Post, Bloomington, MN; American Legion Post 0230, Royal Arch Masons of MN and Shriners of North America. His passions included the farm, family, friends, the Union and flying. He also loved hunting, fishing, softball, hockey and playing cards.
Virgel was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Ronald, Earl and Lowell; son, James Miller and son-in-law Gary McKowen. He is survived by his loving wife, Maureen Toots; children, Terri McKowen, Tom (Melanie Becker), Kathie (Bill) Currie and Mike (Barb); daughter-in-law, Lois; grandchildren, Mike (Anne) McKowen, Paula (Michael) Bonneville, Jim (Brenda) Miller, Michelle (Galen) Grell, Tim Mosser, Willie (Beth), Andrea and Joe Currie, Nic, Mikayla, Katelyn and Lindsey Miller; great grandchildren, Mikey LeBlanc, Sami Lazor, Kyle and Jared Miller, William and Selah Currie; great great grandchildren, Skylar and Noah; brother, Wayne (Marie) Miller; lifelong friend, Otto (Barbara) Bernhard; many nieces, nephews friends and extended family.
A celebration of Virgels life will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the family farm in Stacy.
Arrangements are under the direction of Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch. Condolences maybe left at

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