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“Dear family, just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading your father's obituary. I worked with your father at the Kiester Food Market...Read More »
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“Our deepest sympathy to Mark & Vickie & Gary on the loss of your father. I especially have many good memories of your dad from years back. May...Read More »
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“Dear Vickie, Gary and Mark, We are so sorry for your loss and our hearts go out to all of you. Your Dad was a kind man and we will remember him as...Read More »
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Air Force

Virgil Dean Bakken, age 83, of Kiester, MN, died Sunday, March 29, 2015 at his home in Kiester. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, MN. Visitation will be 2 hours prior to the service at the funeral home from 9:00 - 11:00am. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, and Pastor Brent Walker will officiate.
Virgil was born October 29, 1931, the son of Glenn and Rose (Ellingson) Bakken in Winnebago County, Iowa. Virgil graduated from Kiester High School, the class of 1949. He joined the United States Air Force after high school. He served in Korea and was trained as a ground radar mechanic. Virgil traveled Japan by train and was stationed near the 38th parallel in Korea. Virgil received the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, pistol marksman and the Presidential Unit Citation. After returning home, he worked as a meat cutter in his parent's grocery store. He also worked at Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA as a welder and line operator for over 26 years. Virgil was married to Carol M. Redig and to this union 2 children Mark and Vickie were born. The couple later divorced. Virgil loved camping trips with his kids, fishing, playing "Spades", working on cars and reminiscing about his Air Force experience. He was extremely proud to be a veteran and serve his country. He was a member of the VFW and the Kiester American Legion.
Virgil is survived by his children: Mark Bakken and ... READ MORE →