John J. Virnig

John J. Virnig

John J. Virnig, age 79, passed away on Friday, June 29, 2012 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

John was born February 22, 1935 in East Moline Illinois, the son of John and Elizabeth (DeMeyer) Virnig. John entered the US Air Force in July of 1951 and served as an Aircraft Engine Mechanic for 20 years, retiring in 1971. He was stationed in Sampson AFB in New York, Lackland AFB in Texas, Chainute AFB in Illinois, Randolph Field in Texas, Kindley AFB in Bermuda, Burtonwood RAFB in England, Truax Field in Wisconsin, O’Hare Field in Illinois, Clark Field in the Phillipines, Phan Rang AFB in Vietnam, and Hurlburt Field in Florida. After retiring from the USAF, he was employed for 23 years at Nagle Hart/Fabco Equipment in Madison as a mechanic and shop forman. John retired in 1995 at the age of 62. He enjoyed playing golf and cards, and especially spending time with his family and grandchildren. John also enjoyed spending time at the VFW, post 8483, where he served as commander for two years.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra; children Pamela (Randall) Dyer, Donna (Monte) Gehring, and Mark Virnig; his grandchildren Sarah, Jenna and Matthew; and his sister Donna.

John was preceded in death by his brother Louis; and his sons Lenny, Scott, and John “Mike”.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 6, 2012 at ST. PETERS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5001 N. Sherman Ave. at 11:00 a.m. with Msgr. Charles Schluter Presiding, burial will follow at St. Olaf’s Catholic Cemetery in DeForest. A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. with a Pass and Review by the VFW at 4:00.

Johns’ family wishes to extend thanks to Bridgit B., Mary Z., and Danielle M. of Agrace HospiceCare for the care they gave to John.