Virginia Merle Lunning, 97, of Hampton, Iowa, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2019, at the Rehabilitation Center of Hampton. She was born on June 18, 1922, in Hampton, to Virgil Deal "Pat" and Marguerite (Windelow) Foughty.
Virginia graduated from Hampton High School in 1940. She was united in marriage to Lt Col Virgil Ivan Lunning (USAF ret) on June 13, 1941, in Hampton. Virginia was a homemaker. She was a former member of Franklin General Hospital Auxiliary and the Hampton Senior Center.
Virginia loved playing cards, needlepoint, x- stitching, baking, taking fishing trips to Leech Lake and Canada, and traveling. Having lived many places during her husband's military career including Terceira, Azores, she returned to Hampton in 1964. She and Virgil enjoyed visiting Germany, other European countries, as well as numerous national parks during their retirement.
Virginia is survived by her sons Lt Col David (USAF ret) and wife Carol Lunning of O'Fallon, Illinois, and Robert and wife Nancy Lunning of St. Paul, Minnesota; grandchildren David Jr. and wife Angi Lunning of O'Fallon, Illinois, Deborah and husband David English of Aurora, Illinois, and Chance Lunning of St. Paul, Minnesota; great-grandchildren Tyler and Connor Lunning of O'Fallon, Illinois, and Taylor and Brenna English of Aurora, Illinois, along with several nieces and nephews.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents Virgil and Marguerite Foughty, husband Lt Col Virgil Lunning, sister Margaret Laipple, sister Dorothy Foughty, and brother Max Foughty.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 13, 2019, at the Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home in Hampton. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., on Sunday. Burial will take place on Monday, October 14, 2019, in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Adel, Iowa.
"Virginia will long be remembered for her smile, faith, and genuinely wonderful person. She was always grateful for the care. Thanks you to her sons for being gracious with us. The whole family is missed. Thank you for the time you allowed us to care for her. God Bless you all"