Virgil W. Treimer

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Services for Virgil W. Treimer, 94, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hartley. Rev. David Ericksen will officiate the service.

Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Hartley with military graveside rite conducted by Arthur W. Kirchoff Post 288 of Hartley.

Pallbearers are: Eben Salton, Mike Schwien, Dave Ewoldt, Cliff Ripke, Jeff Hildreth, Bill Archer and Randy Paulsen.

Virgil William Treimer was born to William and Emma Krebs Treimer on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1914, in O'Brien County, Iowa. He passed away March 6, 2009, in Sanborn. As a young child, Virgil was baptized and became a child of God. Later, Virgil was confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hartley.

Virgil graduated from Hartley High School in 1932. He excelled in football and music. He was honored to go to the National Band Contest in Detroit, Mich., playing tenor saxophone. In 1934, he graduated from the Capital City Commercial College in Des Moines and then went on to the University of Iowa graduating in 1938.

He opened an insurance office in Sheldon, but when World War II broke out, Virgil enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942. He was assigned to teach new recruits in Bainbridge, Md. Later, he requested sea duty and became a 1st Class Petty Officer. Upon being honorably discharged in 1946, he returned to Hartley and joined his father in Treimer's Insurance Agency. He became secretary and director of O'Brien County Mutual Insurance Assn. and also worked as director of IMT in Des Moines.

Virgil loved promoting Hartley, as well as the surrounding communities. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, secretary of the Lutheran Men's Club, secretary of the Hartley School Board, director of the Hartley Hospital Board, co-chair of the Foundation Board for the Hartley Medical Clinic, a member of the American Legion Post 288, a member of the committee to start the Meadowbrook Golf Course and worked with Meals on Wheels. He was named King of the Hartley quasquicentennial in 2004, a longtime member of the Hartley Chamber of Commerce and served on many other organizations.

Virgil and Doris Salton Treimer were married February 26, 1950. Five children were born to this happy couple.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; an infant son; two brothers: Wilbert and Wayne; Doris's parents: William and Ida Salton; four sisters-in-law, five brothers-in-law and many of his good friends and relatives.

Virgil is survived by his wife Doris of 59 years; his children: Ellen Treimer of Hartley, Margaret Velez and her husband, Jorge, of Long Beach, Calif., Debra Wasser and her husband, Rich, of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., William Treimer and his wife, Patty, of Hartley; a brother: Donald Treimer and his wife, Luetta, of Hartley; four grandchildren; and many relatives and friends.