July 25, 1927 – April 5, 2013
Virgil Faye Elton died peacefully in the early the morning on April 5, 2013, at The Willows St. John’s Assisted Living center in Red Lodge.
Virgil was the middle son of Samuel Faye and Audrey Blossom Johnson Elton born on July 25, 1927, on Bower flat, near Warren, Mont. It was Virgil’s calling to take care of his family when his father passed away at an early age. He devoted his life to taking care of his mom and Shirley. He was up early in the morning to milk the cow and ride ditch and back to take Mom to town.
He was always on the go making sure Shirley had feed for all her animals and prided himself on paying off the homestead, leaving the farm and putting in cement ditches. All the while, Virgil rode ditch and cat-skinned for 40 years for the Deaver Irrigation District.
In later years when his sister, Shirley, resided at the nursing home in Powell, Virg visited her every day and even took homegrown tomatoes from his garden in the window box. He always took her presents and pictures of new kittens or the latest flower blooming.
Virgil also looked forward to a daily phone call from his brother Keith. Virg prided himself in teasing, arguing and joking with the family and friends he cherished the most. His ornery sense of humor could not hide his big heart.
When Virg and the menfolk were not hunting, they were talking about hunting. Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Keith and Gene and sisters Thelma, Wanita and Shirley. Survivors include two sisters-in-law, Vi (Keith) and Evey (Gene) and numerous nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to the staff at The Willows, who loved and doted on Virg the last few months of his life. A very special thank you to his great niece, Tami (Hazen) Holdsworth, who checked on him daily, making sure he had everything he needed and taking him for rides to look over the country. Also, a special thank you to his nephew, Randy, who retired to live at the farm so Virg could be home as long as possible. They enjoyed many rides looking at crops, deer, wild horses and mountain sheep.
Funeral services were held at Thompson Funeral Home in Powell on Monday, April 8, 2013.
Contributions can be made to The Willows St. John’s Lutheran Assisted Living, P.O. Box 2011, Red Lodge, MT 59068.