Virgil D. PetrikMass of Christian burial for Virgil D. Petrik, 66, of Springfield, was held Friday, May 22, 1998 at St. Vincent's Catholic Church in Springfield with Fr. Jerry Kopel officiating, assisted by Deacon David Kostel. Burial was in the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery in Tabor with military honors by Dwight Wood American Legion Post 132 of Springfield. Casketbearers were Lawrence Namminga, Jr., Tony Cacek, Charles McDonnell, Dr. Herbert Saloum, Dennis Herman, Lenny Koupal, John McNeill, and Jack Lyons. Honorary casketbearers were all students whose lives Virgil touched. He died May 18 at St. Michael's Hospital in Tyndall.
Virgil was born August 12, 1931 at Tabor to Edward and Lillian (Faltin) Petrik. He graduated from Tabor High School in 1949 and received his BS degree from Southern State Teachers College in Springfield in 1958, and his masters degree from USD in Vermillion in 1964. He also completed two years of post-masters graduate work at USD in 1971.
He served four years as a Russian interpreter in the US Air Force Intelligence during the Korean War from 1951-1954 and was a charter member and served six years in the Springfield unit of the SD National Guard.
Virgil married Alice Humpal at Tyndall June 6, 1959 and he taught rural elementary school in Bon Homme County from 1949-1950. He was a teacher of English and speech at Avon High School from 1958-1964 and superintendent at Irene from 1964-1966. He served as director of humanities and associate professor of speech and theater at Southern State College - USD/Springfield from 1966-1984. He was an associate professor of speech and theater from 1988-1995 at Mount Marty College in Yankton. He retired in December of 1995.
He was an actor and director in numerous productions of the Lewis and Clark Playhouse in Yankton and was adjudicator in 1991 for the Nebraska Association of Community Theaters festival. He was a judge for over 80 state, regional, or district one-act plays and judged over 100 state, regional or district high school oral interpretation contests, over 100 miscellaneous elementary, secondary and college speech contests and organized or hosted over 100 high school speech and theater contests. He also judged over 12,000 individual high school speech contestants.
Virgil was active in the community, serving as a member of the school board of Bon Homme School District for over 15 years, six as president. He served several years in leadership and advisory roles to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts. He co-hosted a weekly television show, the Mount Marty Quiz Bowl on KSFY for four years and was a speaker at many banquets, service organizations and high school commencements in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa.
He received many honors during his career, some of which are: Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities in 1958; Outstanding Young Men in America 1966; the state "Distinguished Service Award" from Speech Communication Association of South Dakota in 1979; "Outstanding School Board Member" by Associated School Boards of South Dakota in 1980; "Community Service Award" from Mount Marty College in 1987; was chosen to present "Mother Jerome Schmitt Annual Lecture" in 1991; state "Distinguished Service Award" from SD High School Activities Association in 1994; South Dakota's "Outstanding Speech Teacher Award" from the National Federation of Interscholastic Speech and Debate Associations in 1995; "Teacher of the Year Award" from Mount Marty College in 1995; Faculty Emeritus Award from Mount Marty College in 1996; Who's Who Amoung America's Teachers in 1996; and was elected to the Pointer Hall of Fame in 1997.
He is survived by his wife, Alice of Springfield: two sons, Tony of Laughlin, Nev. and Greg and his wife Barb and their two children Nicole and Steven of Clarksville, Tenn.; two daughters, Jane and husband Brian Anderson and their two children, Jordan and Jakob of Poulsbo, Wash., and Amy of Wichita, Kan.; two brothers, Edward and his wife Wilma of Springfield and Ralph and his wife Judy of Sioux City, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren.reference Bon Homme Blog