Virgil Durwood Baarstad
October 11, 1929 – February 4, 2020
BAARSTAD, Virgil D --
Passed away peacefully on February 4, 2020 in Davenport. Virgil was born October 11, 1929 in Nome, ND to Morris and Ruby Baarstad. He spent his youth in North Dakota and Minnesota. In 1941 their entire family moved across the country to Seattle in order for his father to find work. Virgil graduated from Lincoln High School in 1948 then enlisted in the United States Army. During his three years in the Army, Virgil served in Panama and Fort Hood Texas and was the acting Sergeant Major of the Second Armored Division. Virgil was honorably discharged in 1951 and went on to attend the University of Washington for two years. After college he spent a year in the Merchant Seaman’s Transport Service (MSTS) and made twelve voyages to Japan and back. In the mid 1950’s Virgil began a career in residential construction. He first worked for his father then formed a partnership with his brother Willard. Virgil eventually went out on his own and ran a very successful business until his retirement in 1994. In 1961, Virgil met and married Beverly May in Seattle. They made their home in Shoreline, WA where they lived for 51years before moving to Davenport, WA in 2012 to be closer to their children. Virgil was devout in his faith, and instilled the same in his family. Virgil loved the outdoors and spent many years hunting, fishing and hiking in the mountains. Virgil took great pride in gardening and provided vegetables to many. He loved to travel with his wife and spending time with family and friends. While in Shoreline he was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church and then transferred to the Zion Lutheran Church when they moved to Davenport. Virgil is survived by his sister, Aloris Doyle, two sons Eric (Gina) Baarstad and Todd (Jeanne) Baarstad along with seven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, his parents and three brothers. A celebration of life wake will be held on Sunday May 17, 2020 from 2-6 pm at 1408 Morgan St.davenport, WA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans or Lincoln Hospital Foundation, 10 Nicholl St. Davenport, WA 99122. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.stratefuneralhome.com for the Baarstad family. STRATE FUNERAL HOME, Davenport, WA is caring for the family.
Celebration of Life Wake
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
1408 Morgan St
Virgil Durwood Baarstad
February 17, 2020
Dear Todd & Eric and families, I am sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Carol and I had hoped to get back over to see him. I feel very lucky to have known both your dad and mom. They were very special people, We shared many fun times at their home in Shoreline and at Bethel Lutheran Church. As Ruth Circle gathered at their home many times we were able to enjoy both of them and the corn from Virgil's wonderful garden. He was so generous with the harvest from his garden! You were blessed with wonderful parents and I know they were very proud of you and your families. Your care, in return for them, shows what wonderful parents they were! God bless you and your families.
February 13, 2020
Dear Todd, Eric and your families,
I was sorry to hear of your dad's passing tho he had many good years on this earth and we sure know where he is now!
He was a kind sweet man as was Bev, both of whom I knew thru Bethel Lutheran Church.
We shared fun times in their back yard and in church too.
One Sunday morning Virgil shared with me how he had met your mom and fell for her instantly. He said she was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen and knew he would marry her.
They were talking about moving over to be closer to you at that time and had found a house. He said he really didn't care what the house would be like because as long as Bev was happy, he was happy. You were blessed to have them as parents. My prayers are with you during this time of loss for comfort and peace.
February 13, 2020
Dear Todd, Eric and family. You were so blessed to have such wonderful parents! I worshiped alongside your folks and volunteered alongside your mom at Bethel. We also attended Ruth Circle together and I with my family attended several BBQ’s in your folks Shoreline backyard where your dad shared in his harvest and cooking skills. The impact of their lives on many others cannot be wrapped up in this space but so many wonderful memories are stored in my mind and I still reflect on them often. I’m truly sorry for your loss. God bless and keep you all during this difficult time.
Twyla Emerson Unger
February 6, 2020
Sorry Eric and Todd, to hear of the passing of your dad just 3 days ago and also to see that your mom passed away last summer. Our heartfelt prayers for you both and for your families at this time of loss. We loved visiting them in Shoreline and eating from that well managed garden of their’s! May God give you all, comfort and peace.
Love, Twyla ,
and the Ole Emerson family in Canada