On Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, the world lost another hero. Virgil Hengl, son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and Pearl Harbor survivor, passed away at his home in Yuma, Ariz.
Virgil served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was stationed on the U.S.S. Tennessee during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. He began his teaching career in the 1950s at Williams High School in Williams, Ariz. and moved his family to Yuma in 1960 to teach at Yuma High School. He was respected and loved by his students and retired in 1981 after 31 years of teaching. He spent his retirement years in Yuma working in his workshop, taking care of his yard and being Grandpa.
Virgil is survived by his wife, Betsy; his daughter, Annette; his sons, Harry (Maureen) and Chris; and nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Frank Hengl; his mother, Sophia Hengl; and his son, David Hengl.
Burial will be at Desert Lawn Memorial Park on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. memorial service and reception at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3030 S. Eighth Ave. in Yuma.
Donations may be made in Virgil's name to Hospice of Yuma or the Trinity United Methodist Building Fund.
Please sign the guestbook at www.yumasun.com/obituaries.