Obituary: Virgil Heath |

Obituary: Virgil Heath

Staff Reports

A graveside memorial service for Virgil T. Heath, 93, will be held on Monday, April 3, at 2:30 p.m. at the Genoa Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Hafele residence in Minden.

Mr. Heath died on March 29 at his Minden home.

He was born on May 9, 1906, in Ashwood, Ore., to Gerald Birton and Jessie Taylor Heath.

In 1937, he graduated from Oregon State School of Forestry and in 1945 from Princeton University School of Military Government.

He and Marion Ryan were married in 1944.

Mr. Heath was a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy and served in Okinawa, North Africa and Dutch Harbor during World War II.

He had more than 30 years of service with the federal government. During his career, he was Division Supervisor for the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska and was a member of the Alaska Yukon Pioneers; State Supervisor of timber resources for the state of Oregon; Assistant Chief Forester in Washington, D.C.; and program coordinator for the BLM in the states of Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Idaho.

Mr. Heath was a resident of Minden for 13 years, coming from Lake Tahoe.

He was preceded in death by his wife Marion and son Richard.

Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law Linda and Walter Hafele and grandsons Anton of Seattle, Wash., and Andre Hafele of Minden.

Memorial donations may be made to the Douglas County Senior Center in Gardnerville.

Walton’s Douglas County Mortuary in Minden handled arrangements.