Virgil graduated from Brazil High School with the class of 1942. Following high school, he worked at Hick's Auto. Virgil joined the United States Navy during World War II and returned to duty during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged from active duty in 1959, with the rank of Water Tender 2nd Class.
Virgil continued to serve by being a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 2 and the V.F.W. Post 1127 as well as the Last Man's Club (Wild Bunch) and the North Meridian Street Church of Christ.
Virgil also served as Past Commander of the American Legion Post 2, and Past Vice Commander of District 7 American Legion.
He married Loretta Bolinger March 23, 1968.
Virgil retired from Buck Rhodes Ford and had worked at the Putnamville Correctional Facility as maintenance supervisor for many years.
Virgil enjoyed square dancing. He taught and called square dancing throughout Indiana and different states for 23 years. Virgil also served as past president of Indianapolis Square Dance Callers Association.
Virgil was an avid Pacers, Indiana University and Purdue sports and Colts fan.
He was preceded in death by his parents Everett and Sylvia (Campbell) Ames, brother Jerry Ames, daughter Glenna Jo Riffey, and brothers-in-law Irwin Frazier and Glenn Pell.
He is survived by his wife Loretta, step-son Gene Wethington (Cindy), Lebanon, Ind., daughter Debra Mills (Steve), Jacksonville, Fla., several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sisters Mildred Frazier, Brazil, and Norma Pell, Carbon, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Services will be at French Funeral Home, Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at 2 p.m., with Pastor Herb Woollard officiating. Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home, Thursday, from 5-8 p.m.
Members of the V.F.W. and American Legion will be conducting a military tribute Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion Post 2, or the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1127.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.