Virgil Ray Beltz

Virgil Ray Beltz, 81 of Cabool, MO departed this life on Oct. 17, 2020 surrounded by his family at his son, Gary’s home.  He was born on Dec. 16, 1938 at Willow Springs, MO the son of Ray and Martha Lee (Wright) Beltz.
Virgil attended Willow Springs High School and graduated with the Class of 1957.  After graduation he went with his parents to Fair Bank, Alaska.  He worked different jobs until January 1960; at that time he joined the US Army.  He was stationed at Fort Lewis, WA and spent six months in Germany.
On April 25, 1960 he married Fern Beasley and to this union three boys were born, Gary, Jimmy and Wayne.  In 1963 he was honorably discharged from the Army; he worked as a Sears repairman for five years.
Virgil and Fern decided that Alaska was no place to raise the boys.  They moved back to farm in Willow Springs.  Virgil built two of their homes and a dairy barn; he also drove a school bus for Cabool and Willow Springs school districts.
After retirement he started studying the Bible with the Sheppard’s Chapel.  he enjoyed bible study with the family and anybody else that would listen.  He loved playing pinochle with the family and enjoyed family time.
Virgil was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents; one brother, Jim Beltz and a daughter-in-law, Anna.  He is survived by his loving wife of 60 year, Fern of the home; his sons, Gary and wife, Patty of Leeton, MO, Jim and wife, Darla of Mtn. Grove and Wayne and wife, Kathy of Mtn. Grove; one brother, Jerry and wife, Wanda of St. George, UT; 12 grandchildren, Michael Beltz and wife, Brittany, Jessica (Jessie) Eidson and husband, Eric, Miranda Niesen and husband, Ed, Sandy Mooneyham and husband, Eric, Tony Beltz, Jennifer (Jenny) Starnes and husband, Ethan, David Beltz and wife, Nicole, Russell Beltz and wife, Julia, Heath Rodgers and wife, Amanda, Kaleb Rodgers and wife, Erin, Michelle Parsons and husband, Mike and Mary Ann McGee and husband, Daniel; 27 great grandchildren plus numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 at the Clear Springs Cemetery with Nolan Earls officiating.  Pallbearers will be David Beltz, Russell Beltz, Tony Beltz, Ethan Starnes, Eric Eidson and Eric Mooneyham.  Honorary pallbearers were Heath Rodgers and Kaleb Rodgers.  
Interment with full military honors will be in the Clear Springs Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool, MO.  Online condolences may be made at


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