Virgil W. Yohn

  • Born: December 4, 1928
  • Died: September 18, 2019
  • Location: Sterling, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

1002 12th Avenue
Rock Falls, IL 61071

Tel. (815) 626-6311

Tribute & Message From The Family

Virgil W. Yohn, age 90 of Sterling, died Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.

Virgil was born on December 4, 1928 in Sterling, the son of Lee and Hazel (McLindsay) Yohn. He attended Wyanet School becoming a letterman in basketball and track. Virgil is a United States Army Veteran and served in the Korean War. He married Marie Saraceno on July 6, 1956 in Chicago. Virgil was a heavy equipment operator, starting out in the 1950s with Kinney Excavating and retiring from John Loos and Sons in 1990. In his years of work, he knew a lot of the history of local landmarks and buildings, helping with the Imagination Station in Kilgore Park and the Grist Mill in Franklin Grove.

Virgil loved life and didn't want to leave it. In the hospital stays, they ask the mandatory "Do you want to be resuscitated?" his answer was always, "You bet!"

As a child growing up in the 30s times were hard, but you wouldn't know it by Virgil's rich stories of skinny dipping, horse riding, train jumping, childhood. He grew into a young man with love of motorcycles, cars and flying his Piper Cub.

Settling down to become a dad who taught his children the simple things in life, was what was important to Virgil. It was being around the water on the Rock and Mississippi Rivers, the joy of a spring rainfall, taking in the sights and smells of camping, the woods and the peaceful feeling of being around a campfire together.

As everyone got a little older, time became more precious and he and his family cherished family nights or getting together with friends. They still managed to hit flea markets and casinos, reveling in the little triumphs of finding a bargain or winning some cash and ending the evening with a Dunkin' Donuts coffee- winner buys.

"Thank you Dad for teaching us the love of life. We will miss you and celebrate you. Extra sweetner, extra cream, we raise our cups to you, Dad."

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Marie; two daughters, Denise (Michael) Tanner of Rock Falls and Kelly (Marisa Garner) Yohn of Dixon; one son, Craig (Christine) Yohn of Bradley; five grandchildren, Rayce Yohn, Derek Wade, Ashley (Corey Anderson) Gutierrez, Josh Jensen and Adam Jensen; two great grandchildren, Elliott and Leonidas Hemminger; four brothers, Charles Yohn, Tom Shook, John Shook and Rusty Shook.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mae; one grandson, Nicholas Yohn and one granddaughter, Danielle Wade.

Visitation will be Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 9:00-11:00 A.M. at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Funeral service will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home. Burial with Military Honors will conclude at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I worked alongside Virgil during the summer months 50 years ago. He was working for Whiteside Blacktop/Bob Propheter Construction at that time. I was 18, maybe 19 years old then. He was very helpful, insightful and instructional, providing bits of wisdom, especially before a young kid made a mistake, which I appreciated.

He grabbed a 5 gal. bucket of oil out of my hands one time and he said I'm going to show you how to pour this in. You turn it around like this and pour it in from the top. That way the air goes in as you pour and the oil doesn't spill all over.

I remembered that incident all throughout my life after that, anytime I poured another 5 gal. bucket of anything, which turned out to be quite often.
Just a simple act of kindness, remembered throughout all these yearsand once again today.
I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Mike Broderick Broderick - Sterling, IL - Coworker   September 20, 2019

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Tom Shook - Selah, WA - brother   September 19, 2019

Prayers for the Yohn Family

Posted by Mark Hondley - Sterling, IL - Friend   September 19, 2019