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Virgilio R. Pilapil, MD

March 10, 1938 - January 16, 2019

Virgilio R. Pilapil, MD, 80 of Springfield, died at 7:46 pm, Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born March 10, 1938 in Talaba, Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines, to Isidoro and Purificacion Pilapil. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elena E. Pilapil.

Also surviving are his children, Catherine P. Whisenand, Dr. Caroline Pilapil Schleissinger, Dr. Virgilio E. Pilapil, Jr. and Raymond E. Pilapil; son-in-law, Dr. Richard Schleissinger; daughter-in-law, Deborah Pilapil; granddaughter, Jessica Edwards, grandson, James Whisenand; granddaughter, Viviana Pilapil and great grandson, Nolan Edwards.

Dr. Pilapil obtained his medical degree at the Far Eastern University in Manila Philippines. He was a practicing Pediatric Cardiologist for 36 years at the Springfield Clinic and in private practice. He worked as a medical consultant at the Illinois Department of Human Services, and as a Clinical Associate Professor at SIU School of Medicine.

Dr. Pilapil served in the US Navy and the Naval Reserve as an officer for 30 years. He attained the rank of Captain, served as a medical and commanding officer in the Medical Corps, and received numerous military awards.

He was also a president or founding father of over 15 medical, military, civic, and historical organizations. He received numerous civic awards and was awarded a Presidential Citation as a Distinguished Filipino in America by the President of the Philippines.

Dr. Pilapil was a prolific writer and historian and was editor of over 11 medical and historical journals and bulletins. He published over 20 medical research articles and published several books of a historical nature.

He was a staunch supporter of education and raised funds and established numerous educational scholarships at various Universities in the Philippines and at the University of Illinois in Springfield and Lincoln Land Community College.

Visitation: 4-7 pm, Friday, January 25, 2019 at Staab Funeral Home- Springfield. A prayer service will be held at 4 pm.

Funeral Mass: 10:30 am Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with Reverend Michael Friedel officiating.

Graveside Service: 10 am, Monday, January 28, 2019 at Camp Butler National Cemetery where military honors will be conducted.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Virgilio R. and Elena E. Pilapil Family Scholarship Fund at the University of Illinois in Springfield (UIS).

Visitation Information

Date: Friday, January 25, 2019

Time: 04:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Staab Funeral Home - Springfield


1109 South Fifth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703

217-528-6461 Map

A prayer service will be held at 4 pm.

Service Information

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019

Time: 10:30 am

Cathedral Of The Immaculate Conception


524 E Lawrence Ave
Springfield, IL 62703

217-522-3342 Map

Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, January 28, 2019

Time: 10:00 am

Camp Butler National Cemetery


5063 Camp Butler Road, Springfield, IL, 62707

(217) 492-4070 Map

Memorial Information

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Virgilio R. and Elena E. Pilapil Family Scholarship Fund at the University of Illinois in Springfield (UIS).

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