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Virgil Walter Eggleston, (67), of Keystone, Nebraska, passed away on October 12, 2023, in Ogallala, Nebraska.
Virgil, fondly known as Rusty, was born to Russell and Peggy Eggleston on April 13, 1956, in Chicago, Illinois. Shortly after his birth, his family relocated to Federal Heights, Colorado, and later moved to Broomfield, Colorado, and then Lafayette, Colorado prior to settling in Montrose, Colorado. Virgil was a very talented athlete and set a state record in the one-mile run while on his high school track and field team. He also enjoyed playing basketball and football in high school.
Upon graduating from Montrose High School in 1974, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served as a Signal Basic Operator and was stationed in Germany until he was honorably discharged in July 1977. After the Army Virgil began his career as a food service delivery driver for Westman Commission Company. He later became a long-haul truck driver for Nations Way Transport before moving on to become a Fleet Safety Supervisor with Air Liquide America and Driver Trainer with Trans Service in Denver, Colorado before joining FedEx in Nebraska. He was proud to receive an award for over 4 million miles driven accident-free over the length of his career.
Virgil met his future wife, Susan Darlene Ward in July 1977. The two were wed on December 4, 1978, in Denver, Colorado. Of this union three children were born: Erika in February 1982, Angela in September 1985, and Ryan in February 1988. Virgil and Susan raised their family in Thornton, Colorado. Over the years their family had a tradition of spending their summers at Lake McConaughy in Nebraska where they created wonderful memories with friends. Once their children were grown, Virgil and Susan decided to relocate to Keystone, Nebraska. They finally got their “little piece of paradise” in Keystone.
In his free time, Virgil enjoyed fishing at Lake McConaughy with his wife, children, and grandchildren, elk hunting with his good friends, spending time with his family, poker nights with the guys, and big family barbeques. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who was adored by all who knew him.
Virgil is survived by his wife, Susan D. Eggleston; his children: Erika (Brian McDaniel) Eggleston, Angela (Scott) Young, Ryan (Ruby) Eggleston; his grandchildren: Kaitlyn Young, and Ryan Eggleston Jr.; his sister: Carolyn (Fred) Mueller; and several nieces, nephews, and friends.
Virgil was preceded in death by his brother, Mother, and Father.
A small celebration of life for Virgil’s Nebraska friends will be held on Saturday, October 28th at 1:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Keystone in Keystone, NE, officiated by Ron Jay. A small reception to follow at the Eggleston’s home across the street.
Services in Colorado are set for Thursday, November 9th at 2:00 P.M. at Fort Logan National Cemetery 4400 W. Kenyon Ave. Denver, CO 80236.
A reception will follow from 2:45 P.M.-5:45 P.M. at the VFW located at 2680 W. Hampden Avenue Sheridan, Colorado 80110
Condolences may be left online at www.drauckerfh.com.
Draucker Funeral Home is assisting the Eggleston family.