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Obituary for Virgil Max Wubker and Helen Ellingsworth Wubker

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Virgil Max Wubker and Helen Ellingsworth Wubker

May 18, 1922 - May 17, 2017

“Together Again”

As they shared their lives together, they chose to share their final farewell together.

They lived a happy, interesting and full life, choosing to live in Ogden, Utah after the end of WWII. They had four children and three generations of grandchildren. In their early years, they were active in Ogden’s First Presbyterian Church, accepting many leadership responsibilities. In the 1960’s they opened Virg’s Sport Shop on Riverdale Road. They enjoyed their time together building a cabin near Heber City and entertained family and friends for many years. After retiring, they traveled throughout the United States and volunteered as camp hosts for the U.S. Forest Service. They were avid bowlers and participated in tournaments across the country.

Helen was born in Spanish Fork, Utah. She is remembered for her loving kindness, great sense of humor and devotion to family and friends. She was a creative homemaker and gracious hostess, as well as a master seamstress. She was well known for her artistic abilities. For many years, she served as a hardworking member of the PEO “Philanthropic Educational Organization”.

Virgil was born in Tingley, Iowa. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1940 and was seriously wounded in the 1942 battle of Guadalcanal. In 1945, while stationed in Clearfield, Utah he was awarded the Purple Heart and met and married Helen.

Virg graduated from Watchmaking School in 1948 and was a skilled, local watchmaker for decades. He was a successful businessman and master gardener who loved sharing his bounty with neighbors, co-workers, family and friends. Virg was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and also belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Post 9. After he lost his beloved wife he worked for Wal-Mart as a greeter. It was his delight to volunteer as their Santa Claus for many years. He retired at the age of 90. Virg will always be remembered for his generosity, stories and wit.

Graveside services will be held for Virg and Helen on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Leavitt’s Mortuary,                         836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.

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Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm -

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Graveside services will be held for Virg and Helen on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Leavitt’s mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah. Memorial gifts can be made to your favorite charity.


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Born: May 18, 1922
Died: May 17, 2017

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The Hen-Duran family posted on 6/4/17

We will miss you!


Rebecca Henderson posted on 6/4/17

I meet Virgil while working together at Walmart in Riverdale Utah. He was an amazing friend that I was blessed to know best in his final days. Though we enjoyed time together at work it is these days I will remember best. I visited him during the last few months of his life in his home. We traded stories of our childhoods and families. He was very proud of his family and told me things that made him smile and chuckle.A laugh I will never forget! Like Santa,it made his belly bounce! My grand babies were tiny when he posed for ,I'm sure, hundreds of pictures with children as Santa. We did not happen to get a picture of them with him as Santa but I do have one of them together at the doorstep Walmart when he was working! I will always treasure this picture! Along with some of myself with him at his 94th and 1/2 year Birthday party! This is where I meet his wonderful family he was so lucky to have. Where I learned how proud they were of him! He was always cheerful and happy anytime I was near him. A quality in him I hope to represent in his memory! Feeling blessed to know such a wonderful, caring and giving person in my life! I will treasure his friendship always! And the friendship of her dear family as well! Thank you Virgil! Enjoy your time with your beautiful wife and son and I pray to meet you again when my time has come! May God bless and protect your family the way you did! With much sorrow I say goodbye to you my friend


Edward Musslewhite posted on 6/2/17

Virgil was a kind man who loved his family and his garden. He lived an interesting life, and I loved hearing his stories from service in WWII, travels with Helen throughout the US, and being Santa for many years. Many people will miss him very much.


April McClain posted on 5/30/17

Forever in our hearts


Karen posted on 5/29/17

Will love and miss you forever. Happy Birthday K