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Virgil A. Rath

March 18, 1933 - October 6, 2012

Virgil A. Rath, 79, of St. Augustine, Florida, formerly of Springfield and Pawnee, died at 5:05 pm, Saturday, October 6, 2012 at his home surrounded by family and close friends. He was born March 18, 1933 in Springfield, to Edwin and Lydia Mercier Rath. He married Jean Schneider on October 30, 1955 and she preceded him in death on February 6, 1999. He met and later married best friend Jane Nyberg on December 6, 2009.
He is survived by wife Jane; two daughters, Christine (Floyd) Schmidt of Lincoln and Becky (Doug) Adams of Keller, TX; three step children, Kim (Doug) Cyphers, Jay (Cindy) Miller and Judy Ann (Doug) Ayers; four grandchildren, Missy (Alex) Block, Michelle (Fiance’ Allen Blume) Olinger and Tyler and Abby Adams; eleven step-grandchildren and several nieces and cousins.
His parents, first wife, Jean, one infant son, David and brother, Leonard preceded him in death.
Virgil was a US Army veteran serving during the Korean era. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Springfield; The Elks Club and The American Legion.
He was a resident of Springfield until 1993, moving to Pawnee, and most recently he was residing in St. Augustine Florida.
Virgil was a Telephone Technician for 42 years working for Illinois Bell Telephone Company; Ameritech and AT&T. He was a member of the Illinois National Guard Transportation 1144, retiring as Command Sergeant Major.
He was an avid outdoors man, enjoyed trapshooting, bowling and woodworking. He could usually be found tinkering around in the garage. In later years he loved to travel and camp.
Memorial Gathering: 4-6 pm, Sunday, October 21, 2012 at Staab Funeral Home.
Memorial Service: 6 pm, Sunday, October 21, 2012 at Staab Funeral Home with Pastor Aaron Schnelle officiating. Burial will be at 11 am, Monday, October 22, 2012 at Camp Butler National Cemetery, where Sangamon County Interveterans will conduct military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to Lutheran High School.

Cemetery Information

Time: 11:00 am

Camp Butler National Cemetery

Address:

5063 Camp Butler Road, Springfield, IL, 62707

(217) 492-4070 Map

Sangamon County Interveterans will conduct Military Honors


Time: 11:00 am

Camp Butler National Cemetery

Address:

5063 Camp Butler Road, Springfield, IL, 62707

(217) 492-4070 Map

Sangamon County Interveterans will conduct Military Honors


Memorial Information

Staab Funeral Home - Springfield

Address:

1109 South Fifth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703

217-528-6461 Map


Staab Funeral Home - Springfield

Address:

1109 South Fifth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703

217-528-6461 Map


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