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Columbia Missourian

Harold Virgen, Aug. 20, 1934 to Jan. 16, 2013 of Columbia

January 18, 2013 | 11:12 a.m. CST

Harold Virgen, 78, of Columbia, MO passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2013 in Columbia. Memorial Services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia.

Harold was born August 20, 1934 in Tunas, MO to Clifford G. and Bonnie B. Cobb Virgen. He married Lavona L. Hensley on March 16, 1957 in Springfield, MO. He served in the US Army in Korea from 1957-1959.

A graduate of Southwest Missouri State University, he taught high school and coached sports. Then, serving at numerous VA Hospitals throughout the country, he was employed by the VA for 33 years. He retired in 1994 as the Human Resources Director at the Harry S. Truman Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Columbia.

Active in the community, he was board member/deacon/elder of Broadway Christian Church, a board member of the Missouri Credit Union, a board member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and served on the Lenoir Long-Range Planning Committee and the UMC Sinclair School of Nursing’s “Aging in Place” Advisory Committee.

Although an avid golfer and sports fan, his major interests remained his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Lavona of Columbia, daughters, Kathleen Martin of Colorado Springs and Sandra Woolen of Kansas City; granddaughter Jennifer Pace of Columbia; sons-in-law Michael Martin and Robin Woolen; and brothers-in-law Stephen Lange and Bruce Hensley and wife, Sara.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Broadway Christian Church.

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