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Virgil Glenn La Plant

| February 2, 2023 12:24 PM

May 9, 1929 – January 27, 2023

Virgil Glenn La Plant of Ephrata, Washington, passed away at the age of 93 on Jan. 27 at Summerwood Alzheimer’s Care Facility in Moses Lake, where he received excellent care from their staff and Hospice. He was born to Glenn and Myrtle La Plant in Ringwood, Oklahoma on May 9, 1929. Virgil grew up on the family farm in Oklahoma and has been a farmer all his life.

He proudly served his country during the Korean War, training officers as an artillery specialist at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.

In 1952, he married Vera Mae (Jerry) Smith. After working construction and farming for two years in Texas, they moved to the Columbia Basin in 1956 where they lived and farmed a few years in the Moses Lake area. In 1966, Virgil and Jerry moved south of Ephrata where they made their home and raised their family.

Virgil was a member of the Memorial Christian Church in Ephrata, a 4-H leader and a volunteer at the Ephrata Food Bank. He enjoyed woodworking, the Old Time Fiddlers, Gonzaga men’s basketball, participating in the Living Nativity at church and his grandchildren’s activities.

He is survived by his wife, Jerry; a sister, Rosalie, of Texas; sons Mike (Carol), Mark (Sandy) and Steve (Sally); nine grandchildren Scott, Tyler, Lisa, Nicole, Carly, Katie, Gabrielle, Dylan and Isabel; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service with military honors will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. at Valley View Cemetery in Soap Lake, Washington. Immediately following, a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. in Ephrata, Washington at Memorial Christian Church, 453 Division Ave. E.

Arrangements are under the care of Nicoles Funeral Home of Ephrata, Washington.

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