Virgil Elsworth Wicklund was born May 16, 1920 in Stanchfield Township, Isanti County, Minnesota to Bertel and Minnie (Skoog) Wicklund. He was raised and attended school in Stanchfield. Virgil served his country in the Pacific during WWII. After he returned from the service he became an apprentice meat cutter at Braham Lockers. On Oct. 13, 1945 he married Gertrude Johnson and they lived most of their married life in Cambridge. They were active members at First Baptist Church in Cambridge. Virgil owned several businesses over the years including Chris-Wick Lockers in Cambridge which he operated until 1967. Virgil then started working at the Scotsman in Cambridge and later became a part owner of the business. He also started a drive in restaurant in Cambridge. In 1982 Virgil retired and was able to spend more time with his family and going on walks. He enjoyed bowling, watching baseball, wild game hunting shows and game shows, and also playing games, especially with his grandchildren. Virgil was a very gentle, loving and caring person.
Virgil will be lovingly remembered by his son, David (Deborah) Wicklund of Colorado Springs, Colo.; daughter, Darlene (Russell) Pfouts of Cambridge; four grandchildren, Mitchell (Aida) Wicklund, Jennifer (Tom) Sutton, Sonia (Lowell) Burkstrand, and Virgil (Jennifer) Pfouts; seven great-grandchildren, Timothy, Jessica, Scott, Brandon, Alex, Jason and Ryan; and by many other relatives and friends. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude in 2003, and by his nine siblings, Bert, Clifford, Doward, Doris, Roger, Bob, Howard, Vernet and Lloyd.
Funeral services were held Monday, September 24, 2012 at First Baptist Church in Cambridge with Rev. Earl Lassen officiating. Shiela Wicklund served as pianist, Dennis Wicklund as organist, and Mary Falk as soloist. Honorary pallbearers were Sonia Burkstrand, Jessica Burkstrand, Sandra Pearson, Alex Sutton, Brandon Sutton, Jason Sutton, and Ryan Wicklund. Pallbearers were Lowell Burkstrand, Tim Burkstrand, Virgil Pfouts, Tim Liljeberg, Jennifer Sutton, Scott Sutton, and Mitch Wicklund. Interment was in Cambridge Union Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Cambridge American Legion. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel.