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Virgil Robert Messer

Updated: Apr 26

October 11, 1926 to April 17, 2021

"Virgil Robert Messer was born in Elton, Wisconsin on 10/11/1926 to Robert Messer and Ida (Boyd) Messer, and is the last of 10 brothers and one of two sisters. He is survived by his five children: Mike, Connie, Linda, Terry and Diane, his sister Lyda Mae Davis, and 13 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren.


Virgil is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Messer, grandsons Michael and Shane, and his daughter-in-law JoAnn Messer.


Virgil was a strong willed, intelligent man who had an extraordinary gift for fixing things which served him well throughout his life as a mechanic. He had a great mind for military tactics that made him indispensable in the Army during WWII. He had a pioneering spirit that led him to Lake Havasu City, AZ in 1968. He was instrumental in building this town from its infancy. He was the head of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Association for several years. He donated his time repairing buildings and equipment for his church and any needy individuals that came his way. Hard work was second nature to him and he never shied away from problems and obstacles. His powers of concentration were simply amazing. He fought with courage to keep his body under submission to complete any task at hand. He taught us how to work and to be fair minded, having impeccable integrity in dealing with others. You will be missed until that glorious day when we meet again in the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ."

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