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G. K. Chesterton wrote, "Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die." The men and women who served in the armed forces, whether during a time of war, or one of peace, are living examples of that contradiction. Each should be honored and remembered, so that our gratitude never fades.

Our Veterans' Memorial Wall includes the names of those individuals who served the nation, and are now entrusted to our care. If the veteran you are looking for is not here, please enter the name of the deceased or the next of kin in the search box below and click search. You may also view current and past listings to find the name of your veteran. Names are listed alphabetically.

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Eugene West

September 29, 1930 - - October 04, 2017

Eugene Wilson West, 87, of Salem, passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2017, surrounded by his family. Gene was born September 29, 1930 and was raised in Meadows of Dan, Virginia, by his parents Wilson Cline West and Ora Eugenia Jett West. He spent most of his life here in the Roanoke Valley. After graduating from Andrew Lewis High School in Salem, Gene attended Ferrum College an ...

Philip Smiley

June 16, 1931 - - September 18, 2017

Philip “Bill” W. Smiley, 86, of Roanoke, VA and formerly of Chatham, NJ, passed away on Monday, September 18, 2017 at home surrounded by loved ones after a short illness. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 61 years, Nancy; four children, Scott Smiley, Sandra Townsend and husband, Brian, Steven Smiley and wife, Theresa, and Shelly Smiley; six grandchildren, Jacqueline, Me ...

James Trail

July 31, 1937 - - September 08, 2017

James Edward Trail, 80, of Buchanan, saddled up and rode off into the sunset on Friday, September 8, 2017. He was the son of the late James and Ruby Howell Trail and had been a lifetime Salem area resident prior to locating to Buchanan nearly nine years ago. He is survived by his wife, Shelby Linkenhoker Trail; step-daughter, Tammy King and husband Robert; step-son, Tony Spin ...

Glen Rosendahl

July 09, 1932 - - September 07, 2017

Glen Awalt Rosendahl, 85, died Thursday, September 7, 2017, due to heart disease. He is predeceased by his son, Gar Rosendahl and grandsons, Andrew and Samuel Rosendahl. He is survived by a sister LuElla Pitkin, his wife of 61 years Jean nee Anderson, daughter Jodi (Mark) Henrickson, sons Jon and Greg Rosendahl, daughter-in-law Cheryl Rosendahl, eight grandchildren and three g ...

Roger Butterworth

May 07, 1962 - - July 06, 2017

Roger Elemer “Fudd” Butterworth, 55, of Roanoke, VA passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017. He was born May 7, 1962 in Salem, VA a son of the late Bobby Elemer and Lila Collins Butterworth. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Lee Butterworth. He is survived by his son, Chris Geibner; granddaughter, McKenzie Geibner; sister, Linda Harrell and husband, James; b ...

Ronnie Prater

April 15, 1952 - - July 05, 2017

Ronnie Gene Prater, 65, of Elliston, VA passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017. He was born April 15, 1952 in Beech Creek, WV a son of the late Willie Green Prater and Ida Bell Varney Prater. He was also preceded in death by five siblings, William Prater, Richard Prater, Larry Prater, Nellie Hawkins and Anna Bell McMahan. Mr. Prater was an Army Vietnam Veteran and a retired truc ...

Carl Blankenship

September 24, 1951 - - June 28, 2017

Carl William “Bill” Blankenship, 65, of Salem, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. He was born September 24, 1951, a son of the late William Frank Blankenship and the late Helen McDaniel Ayers. As a young man, Bill enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Vietnam War. He was a very proud patriot and historian of our country. He was the ...

John Roberts

September 01, 1950 - - June 19, 2017

John Scott Roberts, 66, of Salem, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017. John was a United States Navy veteran, and retired as a maintenance supervisor with Virginia Tech. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard L. Roberts, Sr. and Vivian Johnson Roberts, and his sister, Elizabeth Claire Roberts. Survivors include his brothers, Howard L. Roberts, Jr. and wife Teresa, Jame ...

Irwin McNeely Sr

January 22, 1928 - - June 15, 2017

Irwin Hollar McNeely, MD Irwin H. McNeely, MD, 89, died June 15, 2017 in Salem, Virginia. He was born January 22, 1928 in Nash County, North Carolina to the late Lester Howard and Mamie Hollar McNeely. He was preceded in death by his brother, Harold McNeely and his sister, Evelyn McNeely. He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Emogene Powell McNeely of Blacksburg, ...

George Hoffman

November 08, 1935 - - June 13, 2017

George Martin Hoffman, 81, of Salem, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Henry, IL, a son of the late Sylvester and Thelma Bush Hoffman and had been a Salem area resident since 1977. He was Honorably Discharged from the United States Navy after twenty years, which included service during both the Korean War ...

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