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Virgil Ronald Langford

 

February 16, 2022

Virgil Ronald Langford, 76 passed away Jan 23rd in Taylor Texas after a long illness.

Virg was born June 12th, 1945 in Richland Washington to Virgil and Freda (Powers) Langford, the second of 3 children. The family moved to Chinook Montana in 1952. In 1962, at the age of 17, he left high school in Chinook to enlist in the Marine Corps. He was stationed for several years in Japan prior to serving 2 tours in Vietnam, having earned the rank of Sergeant at the age of 21. Following his military service, he relocated to Southern California and went to work as an operator for Chevron in El Segundo California. During this time, he met his wife Beverly Lawrence and they had 3 children together. (They later divorced).

In 1976 they moved to Great Falls Montana where Virg went to work at the then Phillips Petroleum Refinery. Virg had a very successful career at Phillips (now Montana Refining Company) and became refinery manager in 1985. After a promotion in 1988, he became plant manager for Navajo Refining in Artesia New Mexico and was Vice President of refining for their parent company, Holly Corporation.

In 1991 he married Kathy Vaughn and became step-father to her two children, Deanne and Rowdy. Due to health reasons Virg retired in 2000 and he and Kathy moved to the Taylor Texas area to be closer to family. They remained together for 30 years until Kathy's passing December 31, 2021.

Virg loved the oil business and the people from top to bottom that made it work. In his free time, he was a talented wood worker, he enjoyed watching a ball game and keeping up with his grandkid's activities.

He is survived by his sister Carrie Ann of Billings MT; brother Fred (Rita) of Chinook, MT; Sons Charlie of Great Falls MT; James (Karen and granddaughters Ellen, Emily, Erin, and Evelyn) all of Allen TX; daughter Michelle of Great Falls MT; step daughter Deanne (grandchildren Tristan and Adriana) of Taylor TX; step son Rowdy (Patty) of Bastrop TX; numerous nieces and nephews and his Schnauzer Misty. He will be sorely missed.

Memorial service will be held 1 pm June 4th at the Wilderness Funeral Home, 500 Indiana St, Chinook, MT. with a reception to follow.

 
 

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