Malcolm Roderick LaFever Rod LaFever passed away peacefully in the early evening hours of Monday, May 6, 2013, in the presence of family members at the Hospice of the Piedmont House in Charlottesville, Virginia. Rod was born on November 21, 1928, in Washington, D.C., to the late Mortier Wickham LaFever Sr. and Emma Laura Sack LaFever. He is survived by his wife, Christabel Fay Pierce LaFever; his four children, Pamela Anne Best, Denise Rene Messerli, Jacquelyn Faye Ragland, and Malcolm Gary LaFever; his 10 grandchildren, Jason, Jessica, Christine, Angela, Karin, Samantha, Christie Lee, Ben, Rachel, and Josiah; and seven great-grandchildren, Jack, Emma, Sammy, Henry, Sophia, Tripp, and Layla; as well as his brother, Donald Fayette LaFever. In addition to his parents, Rod was preceded in death by three brothers, Mortier Wickham Jr. "Ike", Lewis Risley LaFever "Bud", and Lawrence Wilmer LaFever "Larry". Rod was educated at Swanson Junior High and Washington and Lee High School (where he met his wife-to-be, Christabel, in the 9th grade) in Arlington, Virginia. He also attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia, for several years. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant First Class from the United States Army Reserves after serving for six years during the Korean War helping to safeguard the US Capitol. Rod's love for conservation (which started back in high school) ultimately led to a position with the City of Rockville, Maryland, where he served as Senior Civil Engineer and developed conservation plans and laws pertaining to storm water management that served as a model throughout the country for conservation. Even at the time of his death, his car license plate reminds people to Save Water. He will be remembered for his creativity and innovation and positive outlook throughout his life. Rod and his wife, Christabel, lived in the Washington D.C., area until 1986, when they moved to Nellysford, Virginia. They relocated to Charlottesville, in 2000, where they were members at Olivet Presbyterian Church and Rod was very active in the church choir and vacation bible school. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, #300, Charlottesville, VA 22911, www.hopva.org
, who provided Rod with loving and respectful care and served as an inspiration to his family during the last months of his wonderful and full life. Cremation arrangements were made with the Cremation Society of Virginia. A service celebrating Rod's life is being planned for late summer 2013.
This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.