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Virgil Milhous Huber

Virgil Milhous Huber

Virgil Milhous Huber


- January 16, 2019

Virgil was born March 3, 1934, in Murdo, SD, the fourth of five children, to Otto and Helena (Schmidt) Huber.  He grew up on his parent’s farm, along with his three brothers and a sister, in western Mellette County.  Virgil attended elementary school at Prairie View School through the eighth grade.  When his two older brothers, Donald and Herbert, were drafted into the army during the Korean War, Virgil stayed home.  He worked alongside his father on the farm until February 1957, when he too was drafted into the army.

     Virgil married Rosetta Tarr of rural Norris, SD, in April of 1957.  They spent their early years of marriage living at Fort Campbell Kentucky Army Base, where Virgil was stationed.  Their first son, Leon, was born there.  Virgil trained as a paratrooper and became a member of the famous “Screaming Eagles” of the 101st Airborne Division.  He liked telling stories about experiences of jumping out of C-130 and C-120 Hercules airplanes.  Virgil was discharged from the army in December 1958, however he remained on active duty until January 1962.

     After his discharge, Virgil and Rosetta made their home on the Sammons place, near the family farm, where they raised their four children: Leon, Lyndon, Anita, and Leslie.  They farmed, with his three brothers, on the family farm for many years.  Virgil was a farmer at heart first and foremost.  He eventually worked as a mechanic at Assman Implement for several years, playing a vital role in their early success.  He also did mechanic work out of the shop on the farm for several years; mostly overhauling truck and tractor engines.

     Virgil was a well-respected and accomplished mechanic throughout a wide area.  He understood every detail of how and why mechanical things work the way they do, and was a meticulous machinist, an iron worker, a good story teller who enjoyed his Windsor whiskey, and was a part time evangelist to those who knew him well.  His great sense of humor will be missed.  He was a spiritual man that was very much in touch with his savior Jesus, and spoke of it often and openly.

     As a young boy, he built an entire small tractor on his own.  He enjoyed refurbishing old equipment, liked overhauling mechanical things and motors, and had an exceptional ability to do so.  His many talents and interests allowed him to mentor to many people throughout his life.  He enjoyed riding motorcycles and made numerous trips, with his son, Les, to Wyoming and various places when he was younger.  Virgil was fascinated with flying and always enjoyed it when his son Les would take him up in his airplane.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, sewing, sport shooting, and listening to NFL football on the radio.  Above all, Virgil loved spending time with his grandchildren.

     In 1981, with the help of his good friend, Joe Assman, Virgil bought the Norris Pool Hall from Ed and Susan Krogman.  He and his son, Lyndon, went on to operate the liquor store for nearly 30 years.  Virgil liked running the liquor store; enjoying interacting with all his customers, friends and sales people.  Virgil loved to visit and could talk your ear off.

     In 2003, Virgil survived colon cancer, and in 2004 survived a severe brain injury, with the doctor stating he had a dismal chance of living; caused by a tripping incident in his shop.

     Virgil moved to Custer in 2006 where he enjoyed fishing the local lakes, meeting new people, and exploring the Black Hills.  He resided there until 2014, when he moved into the Mellette County Health Care Center.  In 2016, he moved one last time to the Michael J. Fitzmaurice Veterans Home in Hot Springs.  Virgil will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

     Virgil Milhous Huber, a cherished father and friend, passed away surrounded by family on January 13, 2019, at the Michael J. Fitzmaurice Veterans Home in Hot Springs, SD.

     Virgil is survived by his children, Leon (Kelcy) of Norris, SD, Lyndon (Colleen) of Yankton, SD, and Leslie of Rapid City; also, a nonbiological daughter he claimed as his own, Annalynn of Billings, MT; and a son-in-law, Lowell (Swede) Swedelund of Custer, SD; one brother, Herbert; grandchildren, Sarah, Alexandra, Lucenya, Wyatt, Ethan,  Logan, and Lorelei; several great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Helena; one sister, Ellen; two brothers, Donald and Alvin; his beloved daughter, Anita; and many friends.

     Funeral services will be held January 18, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at the State Vets home in Hot Springs, SD, with interment at 2:30 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery.

     A memorial has been established.

     Condolences may be sent to www.kinkadefunerals.com.



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