He was born in Putnam County Sept. 17, 1923, the son of John Henry and Marnie Alice (Girton) Landes.
He was the youngest of nine children. His father was killed in a mining accident when Virgil was 6-weeks-old.
Virgil graduated from Reelsville High School with the class of 1941. He entered the United States Army in 1945 and served with the occupational forces on Kusu, a southern island of Japan. He worked as a typist in the offices of the Air Force Intelligence.
Upon returning from the military, he had worked at Adamson's Saw Mill in Harmony as lead sawyer and then at Arketex, Brazil, in Quality Control.
Virgil farmed in the Putnam County area. He didn't know the meaning of retirement and remained active for the remainder of his days.
Virgil was a member of the Union United Methodist Church in Brazil. He was always very athletic and competitive. He played basketball at Reelsville High School and in the service. Upon returning home, he continued to play basketball and softball until he was 35-years-old. He often played on leagues with his son, David, and was often mistaken as his brother.
In later years, he bowled with various leagues in Brazil and won numerous trophies. He enjoyed coon hunting with his many friends, and especially his brothers Albert and Irvin. In later years, he enjoyed fishing in his pond with his little buddy, Case, and his grandchildren. He always looked for the crocus and daffodils in the spring because that meant mushroom season was soon to follow. He would often find a patch of mushrooms and cleverly lead his grandchildren to the patch for them to discover.
He never met a stranger. His favorite pastime was chatting with friends and neighbors and telling stories about "the good ole days."
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Lester and Irvin Landes, and sisters Rachel Duzenberry, Myrtle Logan Boyd, Iva Miller, Nellie McMurray and Emma Skomp.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years Mary (Spears) Landes, son David Landes and wife Nancy, Reelsville, daughter Brenda Custis and husband Steve, Solsberry, Ind., brother Albert Landes of Cloverleaf, Knightsville, grandchildren Lisa Robinson, North Carolina, Lori Price and husband Jim, South Carolina, Lynn Taylor and husband Mike, Florida, Chris Custis, Camby, Ind., and Jason Custis, Unionville, Ind., great-grandchildren Darcy Stahl and husband Zach, Center Point, Maggie Baker and husband Mark, North Carolina, Clayton Landes Robinson, North Carolina, and Logan, Michael and Morgan Taylor, Florida, great-great-grandchildren Madison Rae and Kendal Paige Stahl, Center Point, sisters-in-law Ethel Jordan and husband Jake, Greencastle, and Betty Hudson, Quincy, Ill., as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Services for Virgil will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel, Brazil, Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at 11 a.m., with Pastors Philip Badger and Mike Goss officiating. Burial will follow at Girton Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home Tuesday, from 4-8 p.m.
Visit www.lawson-millerchapel.com to light a candle in his memory.