VIRGIL SANCHEZ, age 90, died on Sunday, June 24th, 2018, at thirty-two minutes past five in the evening. He passed away in his home, as was his wish, under the care of hospice, and surrounded by his family.
Virgil was born of Fortunato and Louisa Sanchez, on December 26th, 1927. He had two brothers, Homer and Hugo, and two sisters, Lucy and Amparo. In 1944 Virgil, at sixteen years of age, left school and entered World War II by enlisting in the U.S. Merchant Marines. A volatile and dangerous wartime profession whose casualty rate, by percentage, exceeded any uniformed branch of service during the great conflict. After serving his Nation’s war efforts as a Merchant Marine, Virgil was honorably discharged and entered the U.S. Navy. All told, Virgil’s maritime career spanned six years. He was honorably discharged from the Navy and returned to his hometown of Cleveland where he later became gainfully employed as a Union Cement Mason. Due to his strong work ethic and expertise he rose to the position of Project Foreman and helped construct many of the city’s landmark buildings throughout his long career.
Virgil’s favorite pastimes were bowling, golfing, gardening, and trips to the Amish country. He maintained these interests over the entire course of his lifetime.
He is survived by his daughter Laurie, and his two sons Arthur and Michael, as well as his six grandchildren.
A viewing for those who wish to pay their respects will be THURSDAY 5 PM until 8 PM at the A. RIPEPI & SONS FUNERAL HOME, 18149 BAGLEY ROAD, MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS (WEST OF I-71).
A Funeral service in his honor will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 29, 2018 at the funeral home.
The burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.