Virgil Jacklitch, 85, of Battle LakePublished 9:59am Thursday, July 11, 2013 Updated 12:06pm Thursday, July 11, 2013
Virgil Donald Jacklitch was born on March 15, 1928, to Earnest and Verna (Novak) Jacklitch in Taylor Township in Travers County. He graduated from Campbell High School in 1946.
In his earlier years, he was a great athlete, participating in baseball, football and basketball.
Virgil and his wife, Jeannine resided on Otter Tail Lake after retiring from a successful farming career in Campbell. Beyond farming, Virgil had many interests and devotions. He was a dedicated father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He enjoyed fishing, card playing, hunting, watching sports and spending time with his family.
Virgil was also an active member of the local Ottertail City Lions Association for many years as well as the Otter Tail Lake Association.
Although Virgil lived with several serious illnesses including rheumatoid arthritis during part of his lifetime, he rarely allowed the pain to alter his positive outlook in life. Virgil garnered many friends throughout his lifetime and was a faithful friend to many.
Prior to moving to Battle Lake, they enjoyed spending their winters in Mesa, Ariz.
Jeannine passed away June 17, 2009. Virgil lived in the Battle Lake Good Samaritan Assisted Living Complex for four years.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Battle Lake Good Samaritan Society or the Sanford Hospital Palliative Care Unit in Fargo.
He is survived by his four daughters, Jennifer (Robert) Oschwald, Mary (Mike) McGillivray, Laurie Jacklitch and Jill (Robert) Anderson; grandchildren, Ann Oschwald, Zachary Oschwald, Erin Cahoy, Kirstin Olson, Jami Huss and Megan Fink; and by relatives and friends.
Visitation: One hour prior to the service at the church Service: 1 p.m. Friday, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Battle Lake
Clergy: Father Leroy Schik
Burial: Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Cemetery, Battle Lake
Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson Funeral Home, Battle Lake