Virginia Loraine King

Funeral services for Virginia King of Hay Springs will be held on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the United Methodist Church in Hay Springs with Pastor Paul Smith officiating.  Burial will be at the Hay Springs City Cemetery.

Virginia Loraine King was born to James Edward Walgren and Emma Elvera (Anderson) Walgren on November 7, 1919 in Hay Springs, Sheridan County, Nebraska.  Virginia passed away on June 3, 2015 at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home, Hay Springs, Sheridan County, Nebraska.  Virginia was a resident of Pioneer Manor Nursing Home since July, 2014.  

Virginia was raised on a ranch south and west of Hay Springs, Nebraska in Dawes County, Nebraska.  She was the third of five children born to James Edward Walgren and Emma E. Walgren.  She had two older brothers, Wayne Walgren and Harold Walgren, and two younger brothers, William Walgren and Gerald Walgren.  

While growing up on the ranch and farmstead in Dawes County, Nebraska, Virginia attended grade school at Pleasant Hill School.  She described an idyllic childhood with her four brothers teasing her unmercifully and so she learned to have a sense of humor as well as an ability to stand up for herself.  During her youth, Virginia discovered that she loved to dance and had a wonderful sense of rhythm.

Virginia graduated from Hay Spring High School in 1936, and on December 16 of 1936, she married the love of her life, Kenneth J. King.  To that marriage, three children were born, Keith K. King, Elsie M. King (now Caparoon) and Dennis D. King.    

After marrying Kenneth J. King, the two of them worked side by side to make a home and a living for their family.  As a young farm couple they were proof that hard work can bring success while adhering to strong moral and religious values.  Virginia had many talents which are representative of young women of that era.  Included in her many talents was the ability to put together a meal upon short notice when friends, family and neighbors dropped by;  She was an excellent cook and especially an excellent pie maker.  Along with her skills at homemaking and raising a family, Virginia worked side by side with her husband, Kenneth, in the fields.  Virginia could plow a field and harvest a crop as well as many farmers.  She was also adept at milking cows and shingling roofs.  Virginia, on her own, shingled most of the farm outbuildings at one time or another.  

Virginia was also an excellent seamstress making many of the clothes for the family and later on for her grandchildren.  

As time takes its toll on the body, Virginia discovered the enjoyment of travel.  She traveled to many interesting places.  While Kenneth was yet alive, they traveled together and enjoyed some of the fruits of their labor.  Kenneth died in 1998, and Virginia continued on alone yet still enjoying travel and the close and loving relationship she had with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  

Virginia is survived by her daughter, Elsie M. Caparoon of Chadron, Nebraska; her son, Dennis D. King and wife, Kathryn Ann King, of Gordon, Nebraska; grandchildren, Jeffrey Kenneth King and wife, Jennifer King, of Grand Island, Nebraska; Trina Ann Kuper and husband, Michael Kuper, of Canton, South Dakota; Sharon Austin and husband, Norm Austin, of DePere, Wisconsin; Lori Darrough and husband, Lance Darrough, of Lincoln, Nebraska; and Gary Caparoon of Chadron, Nebraska.  Virginia is also survived by eight great-grandchildren and one brother, Gerald Walgren of Rushville, Nebraska.

Preceding Virginia in death are her first born son, Keith K. King, who died in infancy; Gordon Caparoon, husband of Elsie M. Caparoon, great-granddaughter, Laraine Kolb; great-granddaughter, Jennifer Kolb; her parents; and brothers Wayne, Harold, and William. 

Virginia was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.  She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 10:00 o’clock a.m. in the United Methodist Church of Hay Springs, with Pastor Paul Smith officiating.  Burial will follow at the Hay Springs Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for Hay Springs Ambulance Fund.  Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary, PO Box 443, Hay Springs, NE  69337.

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Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.


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