LAPRADE, Roy Newton

LAPRADE Roy Newton Roy Newton LaPrade, 92, of Roanoke, Va., went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 17, 2017. He was predeceased by his parents, Ira and Nannie LaPrade; wife of 58 years, June Chambers LaPrade; son, David LaPrade; and brothers, Earnest LaPrade and Paul LaPrade. Roy is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Teresa LaPrade Marrazzo and Allan Marrazzo; grandsons, Jonathan LaPrade (Lauren) and Joshua LaPrade; sister, Julia LaPrade; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. When he was not enjoying his family at home or in his church, Roy could be found at the Salem VA Medical Center where he dedicated the majority of his 40-year career in the telecommunications field, completing his final years of service as Telecommunications Chief. He retired from the VA Medical Center on April 1, 1984. In 1991, he returned to the VA for a short stint as a communication consultant, assisting in the communications portion of a new clinical addition. An honorably discharged veteran, Roy served in the United States Army during World War II for 2 ½ years. He fought in New Guinea, the Dutch East Indies and the southern Philippines theaters of operation before completing his tour of duty in the army of occupation in Japan. Roy was an active church member all his life. He accepted Christ and was baptized on March 23, 1940. He has been a member of Summerdean Church of The Brethren since 1976, where he served as a Deacon and member of the Church Board. He also volunteered in the church’s Disaster Relief Program, traveling to various locations stricken by natural disasters such as floods or hurricanes, helping those in need repair or rebuild their homes. When Roy wasn’t helping disaster victims abroad, he was helping folks locally in the Roanoke Valley through “Project Warm,” and volunteering at the Ram House. Funeral Services will be held at Summerdean Church of the Brethren at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017, with the Rev. Allen Lenker and the Rev. Stafford Frederick officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Oakey’s North Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that monetary donations be made to “Summerdean Church of the Brethren Hurricane Relief Fund.” Online condolences may be made at
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