Virgil Robert Beel, 79, of Marble Hill, Mo., died May 11, 2020, at Mercy Hospital of St. Louis in St Louis, Mo. Born near Lutesville, Mo., on Oct. 5, 1940, he was the son of Robert J and Frances J. Elfrink Beel.
He married Thelma C. VandeVen on Aug. 21, 1965, at St. John Church at Leopold. She preceded him in death on Dec. 8, 1988.
For his entire life Virgil was a farmer. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Advance, Mo., and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 7063. He belonged to the Leopold and Painton Antique Tractor Clubs and rode his John Deere 60 tractor on rides and parades. He enjoyed blue grass music and traveled to Mountain Home, Ark., in the Hobo Bus. He faithfully attended his grandchildren’s sporting events and kept up on current events with his buddies at the coffee shop.
He is survived by three sons: Steven R. Beel, Stanley I (Amber) Beel, and Keith R. (Rhonda) Beel, all of Marble Hill; grandchildren: Danielle (Ronnie)Woodfin along with their daughter, Hazel and one to arrive in the fall; Mackenzie (Ryan) Sprandel, with one to arrive in the fall; Zachary Beel; Klara Beel, Kyla Beel, and Klete Beel. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, and a sister, Cecilia Beel-Wilton.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 14, 2020, at Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. Parish prayers will be at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass for immediate family will be Friday, May 15, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church in Leopold. Rev. Glen Eftink will officiate with Rev. David Coon as concelebrate. The service will be live-streamed on Facebook at St. John’s Parish-Leopold. A public burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery at approximately 10:45 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the St. Joseph Catholic Church Renovating for Christ campaign, PO Box 640, Advance, Mo., 63730.
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