Virgil John DeSmidt, 91, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Wednesday June 4, 2014.
He was born Feb. 15, 1923, in Humbolt, Iowa, the son of Willard and Estella (nee Kendall) DeSmidt.
Virgil was a World War II veteran, as a Navy SEAL (underwater demolition) in the Pacific. He was a member of Iron workers Union number 40 and 417. Virgil was a lifelong member of Local number 361, where he worked as a foreman on the World Trade Center, Throngsneck Bridge, Giants Stadium, Belmont Park Racetrack and many others. He really loved the work he did. Virgil retired in 1985, at the age of 62, where he then settled in Punta Gorda in 1987. There he tended his cattle, goats, chickens and many dogs over the years, which he loved and enjoyed. He loved raising fresh-grown vegetables and citrus in his gardens, and enjoyed sharing his bounty with others. Virgil loved to stay busy. He also loved traveling and hunting, and was an avid fisherman. Virgil had a real zest for life, and was loved and will be missed by many.
He is survived by his son, Stephan Lex (Carol) DeSmidt of Lincoln, Maine; daughters, Kathy Ann (Lenny) Seibert of Melbourne, Fla., Linda Gay (William) Johnson of New York, Margo Marie (Kevin) Whitney of Lake Placid, Fla., and Wendy Jo (Kris) Kohlhoff of Fromberg, Mont.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and two nieces, Shari Dunton and Connie Prichard. Virgil was preceded in death by his brothers, Verlin and Vernell; sister, Veda; son, John Robin DeSmidt; first wife, Dorine Gay (nee Costgan) DeSmidt; and second wife, Susan (nee McCauly) DeSmidt.
In lieu of flowers, a donation will be made in Virgil’s name to a no-kill animal shelter. Anyone wanting to make a donation in his name, go to www.humanesocietyofhighlandscounty.com, or any no-kill shelter of your choice.
Arrangements are by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, Cemetery and Crematory.