Virginia Mae, the daughter of James William and Clara Grace (Elliott) Kochheiser, was born November 6, 1933 in Des Moines, Iowa. Virginia grew up on the southside of Des Moines near the airport alongside her older brother Everett and younger brother Wayne. Growing up she helped her brother, Everett deliver newspapers on horseback, working on the relative’s farms during summer break; being a “little mother” and playmate to Wayne, and as a teenager worked as a car-hop (waitress on roller skates) at Connie & Lou’s Drive-In; this is where she met her future husband Bob.
Virginia was only 17 years old when she married Bob, on January 12, 1951; prior to his deployment to Germany during the Korean War. After her marriage she transferred from Lincoln to Norwalk High School graduating in 1951. Following school, she worked for the U.S. Government in Baltimore, MD and then was able to be transferred with that job to be with Bob in Manheim, Germany. Following Bob’s discharge, they returned to Norwalk where Bob worked as the U.S. Postmaster. They started the company, Contract Transport in Norwalk and later moved to Des Moines. They specialized in highway contracting for the U.S. Postal Service. Virginia ran the office, managing routes and finances. She was very active with the National Star Route Mail Carriers Association and the Iowa Motor Truck Association. In the mid 80’s Virginia had the honor to speak in front of the U.S. Congress in Washington, DC regarding trucking regulations at the invitation of Senator Chuck Grassley.
Bob and Virginia retired in 1989 and moved their home to Arizona living in Green Valley and later Tucson. Since this time, they spent their winters in Arizona and then travelled to Iowa, living in their motor home during the summer. Bob was a musician and Virginia was his biggest fan. She would make pies and cookies for the members of the band and they often would travel in their RV to events.
Virginia died peacefully on the morning of her 86th birthday, Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at MorningStar at Jordan Creek Senior Living in West Des Moines. She was preceded in death by her parents; older brother, Everett in 2008; her husband, Bob on November 29, 2018; and a son, Wes on March 13, 2019.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Sandi (Allen) Bergman of Dallas Center; Jeane Nible of Des Moines, and Jim (Judy) Broxmeyer) Nible of Van Meter; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother Wayne (Dona) Kochheiser; and a host of other family and good friends.
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