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“I worked for Virgil & Ann for about 15 years as a waitress. Virgil always had a smile on his face & a coffee cup in his hand! He loved to socialize...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Diane Ladewig - Orion, IL

“I will never forget the summers I spent with Virgil and Ann on the farm in Orion, bowling at Meadow lanes, and Virgil taking me to my first Cubs game...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: John Beeman - Villa Park, IL

“My sympathy to the Lindgren family. What a wonderful, long life Virgil had! I wish I could be there for the celebration of his life. I so remember...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Sandy Pettifer Fioretti - TX

“Bev, Ron, and the family of Virgil - my sincere sympathy is extended to you in the loss of your loved one. May you find peace in the many memories...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Kimberly Engstrom - Bloomington, IL

“Dear Ann, You are in my thoughts and prayers. It has been my pleasure to share time with you and Virgil in the past. Always looked forward to our...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Vicki Sharp - Fairbank, IA


Virgil Lindgren, age 96, a resident of Moline and formerly of Orion, passed away on July 21, 2012, at Silver Cross Nursing Center in Rock Island.

Funeral services celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, July 28 at 11:00 AM at Orion United Methodist Church in Orion, Illinois. Interment will be at Western Township Cemetery, Orion. Visitation will be from 4:00PM to 7:00PM on Friday, July, 27, in the Ark at Orion St. Paul Lutheran Church where Virgil was a lifelong member. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Virgil was born November 20, 1915 in Rock Island County, a son of Carl who emigrated from Sweden, and Birdie Lindgren. He married Ann Harriet Chase on April 16, 1941. His first date with Ann followed on the heels of his invitation for her to join him on a small airplane ride at the Moline airport. After their marriage, Virgil and Ann lived in Peoria where Virgil was a top salesman for Country Companies Insurance Company and later relocated to Cambridge. In 1946 Virgil and family moved to Orion where he farmed until 1976.

Virgil was a loving father and husband as well as an avid bowler, and Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. Virgil was a fine athlete, and in high school, he excelled as a basketball player. A lifelong sports fan, he managed boys and girls baseball teams, organized community basketball teams, set up basketball tournaments and organized bus trips to attend Chicago Cubs baseball games. His passion for music included playing the violin and singing in the church choir. He also enjoyed dancing and playing cards.

In 1960, Virgil teamed up with his cousin Andy Lindgren, and Paul Briggs to build Meadow Lanes bowling alley and restaurant. Their objective was to provide families with affordable entertainment in Orion. Virgil managed Meadow Lanes until 1999, when he decided to retire. He and Ann then enjoyed many winters, and Cubs spring training games in Arizona.

Survivors include his wife, Ann; son David of Evanston, Illinois; daughters and sons-in-law Suzanne and Mike Gibbs of Racine, Wisconsin, and Beverley and Ronald Foley of Orion; grandchildren Leslie (Mike) Kezmoh, Folsom, California; Peter (Jessica) Lindgren, Salt Lake City, Utah; Lindsey (Mark) Pasmore, Grayslake, Illinois; Tim (Jen) Foley, Davenport, Iowa; Chris (Erika) Gibbs, Portland, Oregon; and Erika (Kyle) Martin, Arroyo Grande, California; and ten great- grandchildren; sister, Geneva Thor, Moline; and several nieces and nephews.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Birdie Lindgren; his sister, Dorothy; and his brother, Mahlon.