|Birth: ||Oct. 20, 1923|
|Death: ||Nov. 6, 2006|
Virgil Henry Rehn died Nov. 6, 2006.
He was born Oct. 20, 1923, in a homestead cabin on the banks of the Big Fork River in Lindford Township in Minnesota. He was the third child of five born to John and Agda Rehn, pioneer Swedish immigrants to Minnesota. He attended the Lindford Country School until it closed in 1937 and students were bused to the Littlefork School.
Virgil loved to work in his father's blacksmith shop and was always making something. He spent hours pumping the billows on his father's forage and learned as he watched his father work. He could be found working on some project in the shop while the other kids were playing games. He took a new coaster wagon apart and made three wheelbarrows for each of the three boys in the family.
He attended the Lindford Evangelical Free Church, which later moved to Littlefork. The family attended and were active members in the church in Littlefork.
Virgil enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, hoping to be an airplane mechanic but was rejected. Disappointed, he turned his effort to helping the local farmers keep machinery going for the war effort. He even made an old truck into a Jeep-like vehicle that was used as a tractor on the farm. He converted a horse mower into a power mower by attaching it to the power take off on the vehicle he had made to substitute for a tractor on the farm.
Virgil married Evelyn Irene May on Aug. 4, 1946, a girl he met through the church youth group. They were active in the church and the community. The Lord blessed their home with two daughters, Catherine "Cathy" Jean and Barbara "Barb" Kay Rehn. The girls married brothers. Cathy married Arnold Sutton and Barb married Donald Sutton, the sons of Murl and Rosie Sutton of Black Duck, Minn. The whole family attended and were active members in the Littlefork Free Church. When the Littlefork Free Church had to be rebuilt, Virgil was there to help.
Virgil enjoyed carpentry and took on small carpentry and masonry projects. He became a cabinet builder. Virgil farmed for a few years and then he worked for Boise Cascade from 1956 until the plant closed in 1984.
After Virgil retired, he bought a property on the Big Fork River near Big Falls, Minn., and built another house, which became a family gathering place. Virgil's health began to fail in 1991 and in 1994, he was diagnosed with cancer. On Nov. 19, 2001, he suffered a stroke while snowbirding in Pahrump, visiting Don and Barb and family.
Virgil never preached a sermon, but his life was his daily testimony to his walk with the Lord. He was a good and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a faithful, friendly Christian man and willingly helped others. He spent most of his vacations doing volunteer work as a carpenter for missionaries or churches.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years Evelyn (daughter of Mack and Clara May); daughters Catherine (Arnold) Sutton and Barbara (Donald) Sutton; grandsons Jonathan Sutton of Pahrump and Scott (Carolina) Sutton of North Platte, Neb.; granddaughter Janalyn (Jonathan) Carlson of Norfork, Neb.; sister Myrtle (Keith) Wardlaw of Rossville, Ga.; great grandsons Timothy, Keagan, Kaedon, Micaiah and Taliesin; and great granddaughters Annastatia and Eithen Skye.
Neptune Society of Nye County handled the arrangements. (11/06/06)
Created by: Elise
Record added: May 02, 2012
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Added: May. 2, 2012