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Virgil L. Samsal

  • Birth 18 Jun 1920 Benson, Swift County, Minnesota, USA
  • Death 19 Sep 2002 Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Burial Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Memorial ID 28244269

My Uncle Virgil was an amazing man. I never knew anyone who had so many talents! He had his own real estate company, Samsal Realty, which he and my Aunt Marie operated. He also was a contractor and built many of the beautiful homes in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, including entire neighborhoods. Uncle Virgil was also an auctioneer, and as a child, I thought his auctioneering skills sounded like some dramatic opera. I couldn't imagine anyone talking that fast, yet still being understood. It was like music.

He also was very active as a Ham Radio Operator, K9ACQ, and with his passing, is now known as a Silent Key. An interesting note, all call signs beginning with a "K" were assigned during World War II.

Virgil Samsal was a sportsman and a conservationist. In his later years he took to carving beautiful duck decoys, along with pursuing all the other things that interested him with the time he had upon being retired.

My uncle was a man with amazing skills and many interests who I will forever miss. I miss him at family gatherings. I miss all the times we'd run into each other when we were each out and about, and end up having a cup of coffee together, with lots and lots of conversation!


Virgil L. Samsal, 82, of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, died unexpected at his home on Thursday, September 19, 2002.

Virgil was born on June 18, 1920, in Benson, Minnesota, the son of the late Bert and Emma (Knoblauch) Samsal, and came to Sheboygan County as a young boy. He graduated from Sheboygan Falls High School in 1939. Virgil served in the U.S. Army Air Force with the 452 Bomber Group during World War II from 1941 to 1945.

He worked in the brass division at the Kohler Co. for 25 years. In 1953, he and his wife, Marie, started their own real estate business. He retired in 1982. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, Sons of Norway, Sheboygan Amateur Radio Club, Sheboygan Falls Conservation Club, American Legion Post 149, Wisconsin Cooperative Trappers Education Program instructor, Lakeshore Apartment Owners Association, McDonalds Morning Coffee Club, and the National Rifle Association.

Virgil is survived by two sons, Jim Samsal of Madison, Wisconsin, and Dick Samsal of Ashippun, Wisconsin, four sisters, Joyce Massey of Basin, Wyoming, Jean Toepel of Kohler, Wisconsin, Viola Brewer of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, and June Martin of Sheboygan, Wisconisn, two sisters-in-law, Vyleta Roehrborn and Rita Roehrborn of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, and a special friend, Wanda DeZwarte of Sheboygan Falls. Virgil was preceded in death by his wife, Marie, his parents, Bert and Emma Samsal, and two brothers, John and Wesley Samsal.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 23, 2002, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, with the Rev. Donald Hasse officiating. Burial was in the Sheboygan Falls Cemetery.

Rest in sweet, heavenly peace, Uncle Virgil. You are always in my heart and will never be forgotten.
"Dear Lori,
This is such a nice tribute that you put together for my Dad - now everyone can see what a great man he was and the varied interests that he had. I have never known anyone who was involved in more hobbies than my Dad - and he did them all very, very well. He never stopped learning and getting involved in new endeavors - in his 80's he was still taking classes and learning new things. Thanks so much for putting this together - you are doing a great service to keep alive the memories of those who have left us.
Love from your cousin, Dick"

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