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Virgil Mylan

Virgil James Mylan

November 20th, 1921 - June 1st, 2019
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Mylan, Virgil James, age 97, passed away peacefully on June 1, 2019. surrounded by his family members. Virgil was born November 20, 1921 to Virgil Marcellus and Ann (Daust) Mylan in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota. The family moved several times over the next few years before settling in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Virgil and June (Engen) Mylan were married on August 26, 1946, and enjoyed a life together for 63 years until June’s death on August 22, 2010. Virgil served in the US Army during WWII. He owned and operated a printing company for 50 years. He held both a private and commercial pilot’s license, and enjoyed flying the airplanes he owned for many years. His passions were trap and skeet, upland game, handball, and coaching youth baseball. Virgil is survived by his children: Thomas (Lorraine Owings) Mylan, Virgil (Jo) Mylan, Michael Mylan, Clancy (Cathy) Mylan, and Marci (Michael Wilson) Mylan; and grandsons Mark Mylan and Jesse Flury.
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Service Details

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, June 6th, 2019 | 11:30am
    When
    Thursday, June 6th, 2019 11:30am
    Location
    Fort Snelling National Cemetery
    Address
    7601 34th Avenue, South
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55450
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  • Interment

    Thursday, June 6th, 2019 | 11:30am
    When
    Thursday, June 6th, 2019 11:30am
    Location
    Fort Snelling National Cemetery
    Address
    7601 34th Avenue, South
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55450
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Jeff Zibley

Posted at 08:13pm
Tom, Spike, Clancy and Marci-
You may not remember me. My name is Jeff Zibley. I played for your Dad for 3 years (with Clancy for two of those years) and then had the wonderful experience of coaching with him for the following 10 years.
I learned a lot about baseball those years, but as I reflect back I realize that I learned much more than baseball from your Dad. He became a bit of a mentor for me at a time when I didn't really even know what that meant. I learned the importance of being a man of strong character; holding beliefs, principles, and values even when they may be criticized and not popular. Never wavier. On the baseball field this looked like: while some parents would insist that we have our number 9 hitter always bunt, we never did. We wanted our kids to learn to hit! What a powerful lesson for life outside baseball - never wavier from what you believe is right. I learned to enjoy being a little different; not doing everything in a conventional way - even talking some risks. Your Dad taught me the importance of delegating to others a task and then trusting them. As a 16 year old coach, I was given the role of coaching 3rd base. All the other coaches in the league were adults. He placed his confidence in me, and that was incredibly motivating to do my best to meet his high expectations.
He was demanding. He made me catch batting practice for hours until I learned to block pitches in the dirt, exactly the way he wanted it done. He coached me intensely. And as a result, I was pretty good as a defensive catcher. Today, I approach most of what I do with that same level of intensity.
He was generous and compassionate. On more than one occasion, he took my brothers and myself to Micheal's for dinner. After having a huge steak dinner, he asked if we wanted another. We declined, but we learned what generosity looked like.
He did things his way, and I suspect that some were very envious of him. I recall it had rained before one of our games and for sure it was to be postponed. But, your Dad, had other ideas. He brought in cans of gasoline and dumped the gas around home plate to dry things up. It was a huge flame and when it was all over, we saw that home plate burned up! I honestly don't remember if we wound up playing that day or not. I sure do remember the fire on the baseball field!
To say it simply, I was heavily influenced by your Dad during my formative years. Many of the lessons I learned are ones I have used in both my professional and personal life. I was very fortunate to have these experiences: playing for and coaching with Coach Mylan - "Virg".
Your Dad loved to talk baseball. I remember several times being welcomed to your home in Golden Valley to sit and just talk baseball. Your Mother was always so sweet and welcoming; and at times I might get a desert or even lunch. I could tell even then, that your parents raised an incredible family.
Your Dad never really talked much about his military service. I express my thanks to him for his
service in the United State Army. He, and others defended the liberty, honor, and freedoms we enjoy
in this country today.
Please accept my heartfelt condolences,
Most Sincerely,
Jeff Zibley
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