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Virly Elmo Azbill
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Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

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Virly Elmo AZBILL

Cherokee Municipal Cemetery

Cherokee – Virly Elmo Azbill, 69, died Monday evening in a Cherokee hospital. His funeral will be at 11 AM Thursday in the First Christian Church with the Rev. Eugene R. Spillman officiating.

Graveside rites will be conducted in the Cherokee Municipal Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Grapes Funeral Home.

Azbill was born in Dewey County August 1, 1915, the son of José and Mary Houicer Montoya. While he was an infant his mother was killed by lightning and his father, unable to care for the three small children, placed them in an orphanage at Carmen.

He was adopted by Robert Virly and Alton Chloe Azbill on April 20, 1916, and in 1925 was taken to Ohio to live, returning to Cherokee in 1939 to make his home with his grandmother, Mrs. A. C. Azbill.

He was employed by Mittery Brothers Construction Company, working on the Great Salt Plains Dam until being inducted into the U. As. Army January 7, 1941. On October 14 of that year, he was married to Viola Crow in Cherokee.

Azbill saw action in Sicily and Italy, where he was taken prisoner by the Germans on September 11, 1943, while engaged in establishing the Salerno beachhead. He was freed April 2, 1945, and returned to live in Cherokee. He received the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and other awards.

Azbill was a member of the First Christian Church, the Masonic Lodge No. 307, the Scottish Rite at Guthrie, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post No. 33 and the POW.

In addition to his wife Viola, Azbill is survived by a daughter, Jennett (Mrs. David) Jobes of Cleveland; a son, Lynn Azbill of Cherokee; a sister, Marie Montoya of Highland, California, and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation or the Organ Fund of the First Christian Church, with the funeral home serving as custodian of the fund.

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