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Virgel Oban

July 17, 1935 — April 16, 2010

The funeral for Virgel G. Oban, 74, of Ipswich is 10:30 am Tuesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ipswich.

Visitation is 2-8:00 pm Monday at Gramm Funeral Home in Ipswich and one hour prior to the service at the church, Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Ipswich Volunteer Fire Department or Ipswich Ambulance Service.

Virgel Gene Oban was born July 17, 1935 to Tom I. and Esther (Walton) Oban in the Loyalton area.

On September 19, 1954 he was united in marriage to Bernice Grenz in Eureka, South Dakota. Shortly after marriage, Virgel was caught in a power take off and was hospitalized from October through January. He recovered from this and proceeded to partake in road construction as they purchased their own company in 1959 now known as Oban Construction.

For 29 years Virgel and Bernice wintered in South Padre Island, Texas and were very fortunate to make some life-long friends. This is also where Virgel participated in his only hobby, surf-fishing.

Virgel died Friday April 16, 2010 at Avera St. Like's Hospital in Aberdeen.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Bernice; children: One son, Gene (Laurie) Oban of Ipswich SD, and three daughters Corleen Oban (special friend Jeff McInally) of Rapid City SD, Debbie (Mark) Bossly of Mina SD, Sheila (Dan) Suurmeier of Rapid City SD; Fourteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; two brothers Dwaine Oban of Dakota City NE, Thomas (Arlene) Oban of Douglas WY, and one sister Beverly Burgod of Ipswich SD; One brother in-law Charles DeMinck Spearfish SD.

He was proceeded in death by his parents and two sisters LaDonna Patnode and Shirley DeMinck.

The family gives a special thanks to all the emergency crew and especially June Torrence-Heinz, PA.

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