Virgil Ferber, 89Virgil Fredrick Ferber, 89, of Red Wing, died Thursday, April 26, at the Red Wing Health Center.
Virgil Fredrick Ferber, age 89, of Red Wing, died Thursday, April 26, at the Red Wing Health Center.
He was born on Dec. 5, 1922, in Red Wing, to Phillip and Martha (Neumann) Ferber. He graduated in 1942 from Red Wing Central High School and then served in the U.S. Army from 1943 until 1945 in the Pacific Theater. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and the Combat Infantry Badge. His unit, 148 Infantry, 37th Division, serving in the South Pacific during World War II, received the Presidential Citation from President Roosevelt. On June 20, 1946, he married Audrey Johnson at the Christ Episcopal Church. They lived in Red Wing and for 40 years he worked for S.B. Foot Tanning Company.
He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Leo C. Peterson American Legion Post #54, Disabled American Veterans, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and for 59 years, the Red Wing Elks BPOE #845. He loved fishing, hunting, and did woodworking, making furniture and carving.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Audrey of Red Wing, and 11 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Elmer and Herman Ferber, and one sister, Ann Gaedtke.
Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Christ Episcopal Church with Father Michael Way officiating. Burial was in the Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be for 1 hour prior to the service. Memorials are preferred to Christ Church Building Maintenance Fund or donor's choice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.
The family would like to thank the nurses and nurses' assistants of the Red Wing Health Center for their care and compassion for Virgil; you were all great. Also, to the Fairview Red Wing Hospice and to Father Michael Way.
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