KINGSTON, Wash. -- Virgil P. Haag, 86, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, at Kingston, Wash. as a result of a hit and run accident
He was born Nov. 1, 1921, to John J. and Nellie May (Thomas) Haag in Danbury. He was a proud member of the 1939 All American Six-Man Football team of the Danbury Pirates. In 1940, upon graduation from high school, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corp in Beaver City. His younger siblings remember the good things he brought home to them such as a bottle of 7-UP which all got to share. This was during the Depression.
In 1942, he and his brother, Leo joined the 36th Navy Construction Battalion (Sea Bees) and served in the Pacific, building landing strips from New Caledonia, stair-stepping up the Pacific ending at Okinawa in preparation for invading Japan.
The war ended, they came home to the wives and families they hadn't seen for nearly three years They were very modest and spoke very little of their experiences during that time.
On June 7, 1942, he married Frances Elizabeth "Bette" Grant in Wagner, Okla.. To this union three children were born Patricia, Vicki and Steve.
Virgil followed construction in the days after the World War, building dams in Washington and Idaho, schools and commercial buildings in Arizona. He was a master carpenter and was superintendent on many jobs in Arizona and the Phoenix area.
Bette and Virgil retired to the Seattle area and lived in a beautiful home overlooking Puget Sound. He loved building and gardening. He found good in everyone and was loved by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Bette in 2001; sister, Mary Logan; brothers, Johnny and Leo and their wives.
He is survived by brothers, Joe of Farmington, N.M., and Cyrus of McCook; sisters, Nellie Shay of Edmonds, Wash., Ida Nicholson of Indianola and Caroline Duron of Halstead Kan; children, Patricia Bogue of Santa Barbara, Calif., Vicki Skye of Bisbee Ariz., and Steve and wife, Micah Haag. He had seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service at Stone Chapel in Poulsbo, Wash., on Feb. 2, 2008, 3 p.m., and cremation at Cherry Grove Crematory in Poulsbo.