OXFORD -- Virgil L. "Whitey" Luke, 78, died Wednesday (Dec. 14, 2005) at Curtis as the result of an illness.
He was born in Oxford on May 23, 1927, to Arthur L. and Rose Anna (Solberg) Luke. He graduated from Oxford High School in 1944.
He served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in the Pacific Fleet as a fireman first class aboard the carrier USS Rendova.
On December 31, 1950 he married Leona Mae "Tot" Fisher, she preceded him in death in 1971. On March 23, 1973, he married Roberta Curphy at Oxford.
He farmed north of Oxford and worked for the Oxford Cheese Factory, TriCo, Cargill and the Holdrege Seed Company.
He was a member of the Oxford Jaycees, The American Legion Post 219 and the Lions Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Leona; a granddaughter, Amy Luke; and a sister, Arva.
Survivors include his wife, Roberta of Eustis; five sons, Gary of Hastings, David and wife, Vicky of Curtis, Roger of Arapahoe, Bradley and wife, Suzanne of Oxford and Greg of Eustis; a brother, Theron Luke of Woodbridge, Va.; a brother-in-law, Paul Jones of Gardendale, Texas; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Services will be Monday, 2 p.m., at the United Methodist Church in Oxford with the Rev. Robert B. Berlie Sr. officiating. Interment will be in the Oxford Cemetery. A military committal will be provided by the Oxford American Legion Post 219.
Visitation will be Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, noon-8 p.m., at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary in Cambridge and Monday, 9 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Oxford.
Memorials are being accepted in his name at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary of Cambridge, which is in charge of arrangements.