Ralph Hume Virts

Male 1925 - 2016


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  • Born  9 Jul 1925  Point of Rocks, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  8 Sep 2016  Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I1733  Virts
    Last Modified  28 Nov 2016 

    Father  Emory Leon Virts,   b. 13 Nov 1900, Point of Rocks, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1998, Keedysville, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Bertha Mae Cutsail,   b. 28 Jul 1900, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1988, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  30 Dec 1920  Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F911  Group Sheet

    Family  Florence Stauffer Michael,   b. 26 Nov 1929, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 2016, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  18 Jan 1948  Doubs Methodist Church, Doubs, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    Last Modified  11 Sep 2016 
    Family ID  F918  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • The following information has been graciously provided by Jeanie Virts LaGrave.
      Ralph and Florence rented a farm in Burkittsville, Maryland at the beginning of their marriage, and lived there for a few years. They then moved to another rented farm owned by G. L. Thomas, on the outskirts of Adamstown, Maryland. After a few years dairying there, they moved on Ballenger Creek Road, between Doubs and Point of Rocks renting a farm from "Boots" Walters. They lived there for a time and then decided to sell the dairy herd and they then bought a beef farm in 1959, about two miles outside of Brunswick, Maryland. In 1966, Ralph decided to retire from farming and sold the farm, cattle, machinery and all. He and Florence reserved an acre of land from the farm and built a house on Boss Arnold Road, where they still live today. Ralph went to work for the Frederick Trading Company in late 1967 and retired from there in 1991. Florence has been active in church committees and organizations for many years and helped at the Senior Citizens Center in Brunswick. In 1991 Ralph had knee replacement surgery and in October 1993, he had open heart surgery and has recovered very well. They are completely retired, but Ralph enjoys planting a huge garden every spring. They do a little traveling, taking some bus trips with the Senior Citizens on occasion. They enjoy a close relationship with their children and grandchildren and they have a cat named "Buddy".

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      Frederick News-Post, September 12, 2016

      Ralph Hume Virts, 91, of near Brunswick, Maryland, passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2016 at the Ballenger Creek Center, Frederick, MD. He was the loving husband of Florence S. (Michael) Virts for 68 years.

      Born on July 9, 1925 near Pt. of Rock on the family farm, he was the third son of late Emory L. and Bertha Mae (Cutsail) Virts.

      Ralph farmed at several locations throughout his farming career and retired, in 1967, from farming on a farm he and his wife purchased outside of Brunswick. He then worked for the Frederick Trading Company until his retirement. He was an avid gardener and love the Baltimore Orioles and watching horse races on TV. In the early 1960's, Mr. Virts was one of the first beef farmers in the Frederick County area to breed and raise Charolais cattle, which are of French origin.

      He was a past member of the Petersville Ruritan Club and the New Hope Methodist Church, Brunswick.

      In addition to his wife, Ralph is survived by his children, F. Jean LaGrave and husband, Robert, of Charles Town, WV, and R. Michael Virts and wife, Sharon, of Purcellville, Va; granddaughters, Annette L Offutt Brennan and husband, Tim, of Charles Town, WV, Jessie L. Virts Burdick and husband, Paul, of Kearneysville, WV, and Erin Jean Virts of Charles Town, WV; great grandsons, Joseph & Daniel Brennan, Benjamin and Cameron Burdick; nephew, Roland L. Virts and niece, Bonnie Virts Miller, both of Frederick; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and cousins in the Frederick area.

      He was predeceased, in addition to his parents, by three brothers, Leon J. Virts (1922-1959), Robert F. Virts (1923-1984), and Emory E. Virts (1927 - 1928); son-in-law, Walter E. Offutt (1943-1988); and nephew, Marvin Lee Virts (1948-2014). He was the last of his immediate family.

      The family would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at the Ballenger Creek Center for their wonderful care and guidance through this very difficult time, as well as the many friends and neighbors who have gone out of their way to help.

      Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, September 16, 2016 at the Stauffer Funeral Home, 1100 North Maple Avenue, Brunswick with Rev. Katie Bishop and Rev. William Carpenter officiating.

      The family will receive friends Friday one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

      In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the New Hope United Methodist Church of Greater Brunswick, 7 S. Maryland Avenue, Brunswick, MD 21716.

      Arrangements have been entrusted to Stauffer Funeral Home, Brunswick. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.staufferfuneralhome.com.