William Virgil Dick, age 84, died April 20, 1998 in St. George, Utah.
He was born January 3, 1914 in Henry County, Missouri, to Valentine Newton and Julia Ann Teague Dick. He married Vera Gertrude Young, December 31, 1941 in Independence Missouri. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She died May 13, 1995.Virgil lived a simple life even in times when he didn't have to. He quit school in the 6th grade in Missouri to work full time to help support his struggling family. His education was basic, but his knowledge was extensive. He loved to read, especially from the words of the prophets and the scriptures as he was taught a love of the truth by his mother and principles of hard work by his father. Virgil was known for his self discipline, generosity, for his hard work ethic and unquestionable honesty. As he became educated in the school of the Lord and gained wisdom and experience, he became known for his cliches, poems and quotes, which became known and published by his friends as "Virgilisms" which he lived and taught throughout his life as he dedicated his life to the service of others, including his family.
As he grew in age and ability, he used his strong work ethic in employment including: shoe cobbler, bicycle fabricator, farmer, welder, carpenter, general contractor, real estate salesman, landlord, printing press worker, city building inspector, LDS Church Building Area Supervisor and retired (to help neighbors with household repairs) from his full time Regional Supervisor job at the LDS Church Office Building where he was responsible for all church construction in Alaska, Hawaii, the western provinces of Canada and all the states west of Colorado except Utah.
Virgil was loved and respected by people in many parts of the world as his life and love touched theirs in his extensive world wide travel, including two missions for the LDS Church. The first mission with his wife and children from 1963 to 1965, a building mission to far off New Zealand was many years later, followed by a proselyting mission with his wife to the wonderful people of the Leeds England Mission.
As a young man, while taking a lunch break on the docks of Deseret Printing Press, Virgil looked at a passing airplane overhead and promised to himself: I'm going to get on one of those and go to some places and do some things. He met his bride to be as she sang on the stage at a Gold and Green Ball in Kansas City, Missouri. As a young groom, making pennies an hour at Montgomery Ward shipping department, he promised his bride: I'm going to take you to the Holy Land. He kept those promises and many more.
He married Vera and began their life together as they worked and struggled and grew and learned together. With their children raised and his aged wife's health failing, they retired to sunny St. George where his dear companion died the day before Mothers Day 1995 and he began the lonely three year wait to rejoin her as he taught his 16 grandchildren and served faithfully to the end-when he died April 20, 1998 lying on his bed with his house and life all in order.
Well done thou good and faithful servant. Until we meet again: All of us who knew and loved and admired you wish you farewell until we meet again at Jesus' feet.
He is survived by his sister, Wilma Tullis; five children: Lucille (Howard) Sorensen, Washington, DC; Richard (Colleen) Dick, Alpine, Utah; Janice (Scott) Steenblik, Salt Lake City, Utah; Terry (Laurie) Dick, Santa Clara, Utah; and Luanne (Tim) Smith, Bennion, Utah; and 16 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Vera; his parents; his sisters: Mary Davis Cluny, Ella Hansen, Lettie Beckett; his brothers: Leonard Dick and Alva Dick.
The first funeral service will be Friday, April 24, 1998, 11 a.m. at the St. George LDS 16th Ward Chapel, 550 East 700 South, St. George, Utah, where friends may call 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to service. A second funeral will be Saturday, April 25, 1998, 11 a.m. at the Bonneville LDS 1st Ward Chapel, 1535, Bonneview Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah where friends may call 9-10:30 a.m. prior to service. Interment will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery under the direction of Metcalf Mortuary, 673-4221.
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