He was 81 years old.
Funeral services were held Thursday June 22, 2006 at Prineville Funeral Home with interment following at Juniper Haven Cemetery.
Rev. Craig Smart officiated.
Virgil was born on June 1, 1925 in Wallowa, Oregon to Delbert and Cora (Shoemaker) Stace.
When Virgil was in the third grade the family moved to Baker City, Ore., where he attended and graduated high school in 1944.
After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Merchant Marines stationed in the Portland shipyards.
He served in the South Pacific, Australia, Japan, and in the Suez Canal.
After WWII he moved back to Baker City where he worked in a bakery in the early mornings and ran movies at the movie theater at night. On June 10, 1950 in Baker City, Oregon he married Autumn Griffith.
They moved to Bend, Oregon in 1951 working for Meadowland Creamery, eventually going to work delivering groceries all over central Oregon for more than 30 years, retiring from the Franz Bread Co. as a distributor in 1982. In 1962 he moved to Prineville, Ore.
Virgil loved to fish for trout and salmon, dancing, camping, canning fruit and vegetables, pheasant and deer hunting, and bowling leagues in Prineville. He was a member of the Prineville Lions and held many positions including as president. He had been a member of Redmond Buckaroo Breakfast since 1956. Virgil was also a member of the Prineville Elks Lodge, and the Eagles Club.
Virgil is survived by: his wife Autumn Stace of Prineville; four children, Summer Cardin of Redmond, Ore., Kimberly (Doug) Johnson of Reno, Nevada, Lance ( Kathryn) Stace of Redmond, and Sand (Michelle) Stace of Terrebonne, Ore.; one sister Eilene Morfitt of Prineville. eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and one grandson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lions Eye Bank. Arrangements are in the care of the Prineville Funeral Home.