TRENTON -- Virgil Warren Hay, 96, died Tuesday (Aug. 9, 2005) at the ElDorado Manor Home in Trenton.
He was born Aug. 27, 1908, in the Cornell Community of Hitchcock County, the son of the late William Caswell and Ada Roanna (Terrell) Hay. He grew up in Hitchcock County and graduated from Trenton High School in 1926. He and his brother Charles farmed the family farm.
On March 27, 1942, Virgil married Fern Ellen Ahrens at McCook. On April 2, 1942, he entered the United States Army where he served in the 103rd Military Police Battalion at Fort Meyers, Va. During his time at Fort Meyers, he spent a year as a White House guard. Following his discharge on Oct. 9, 1945, he returned to the family farm. In 1946 he joined the Methodist Church in Trenton.
In the spring of 1961 Virgil and Fern moved to Cherry County to manage the Ahrens Cattle Company Ranch. They returned to Trenton in 1971.
He was preceded in death by his wife Fern on Dec. 13, 1998. One sister, Eula Andrijeski, and brothers Gaylord, Charles, Clarence and Keith are deceased.
He was a member of the American Legion, the McCook Elks Lodge 1434 and the Hitchcock County Historical Society.
He is survived by two sisters, Elsie Rogers of Mount Angel, Ore., and Effie Carlson of McCook; nieces; nephews; relatives; and friends.
Funeral services will be Friday, 10:30 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Trenton with the Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Interment with Military Honors will be in the Trenton Cemetery.
Memorials may be given in his name and friends may call at Herrmann Funeral Home in Trenton.