Virgil Henry Thoman


October 28, 1931 – January 16, 2018

Virgil Henry Thoman, age 86, was born October 28, 1931, in Kemmerer, to parents Willie Thoman and Emma Mary Angeli. Virgil attended schools in Kemmerer and was a graduate of Kemmerer High School in the Class of 1950.

Virgil married his lifelong sweetheart Bernice Gamble on May 9, 1949. They were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple on April 4, 1951.

Virgil and Bernice brought into this world six children: Lynell Elmlinger, Patsy Charters, David Thoman, Blaine Thoman, Beverly Provenza Carroll and Margaret Vickery.

Virgil is survived by his wife Bernice Thoman and his children. He is also survived by 27 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: William James Thoman, Robert Maurice Thoman, Margaret John, as well as grandson Anton Elmlinger.

Virgil’s life was filled with hard work and many loves — his love for his wife and family, love of the gospel and love of ranching. He could be found riding and breaking horses and serving the people in his community and church congregation. Virgil served in several positions in the LaBarge LDS Ward, including as Bishop for four years. He also served as a member of the Kemmerer Wyoming Stake High Council. Bernice and Virgil served a full time church mission at the Family History Center in Salt Lake City from 1994 to 1995.

Virgil lived a life of simplicity and hard work with his eternal optimism. He often said he just wanted to simply endure to the end. In Virgil’s final weeks and days he did just that, never complaining, and never wanting to be a burden to anyone. His humor never failed him and he joked and teased everyone that came to see him. We will miss his smile and sense of humor in the coming days and years. But we know he is having a wonderful reunion with his family and friends.

Funeral services were held Jan. 20, in Kemmerer, with interment in the Kemmerer Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of the Ball Family Chapel. The family would like to express gratitude and appreciation to friends and family for the many services and kindness shown to the family.

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