Virginia Beach - Roy Walker Brun died in his sleep in his apartment at Westminster-Canterbury overnight Thursday, November 14, 2013. He was 92.
Roy was born February 27, 1921 in Danville, Iowa and lived there through high school. He enlisted in the Seabees in 1942 and served in the Aleutian Islands prior to entering Officer Candidate School. He left the Navy at the end of World War II as an Ensign. He graduated from Iowa State with a degree in Agronomy and went to work for Smith-Douglass Fertilizer in 1949. In 1951 he was recalled into the Navy as a 2nd Lieutenant and served in Japan during the remainder of the Korean War. Upon completion of his service, he returned to Smith Douglass in 1953 where he worked in various positions ultimately becoming President of the company prior to his retirement in 1983.
Roy and his family lived in Monticello, Indiana; Streator, Illinois and Texas City, Texas before moving to Virginia Beach in 1970. They lived in Larkspur until 1994 where Roy eventually served as President of the Larkspur Civic Association.
Roy was an active member of Bayside Presbyterian Church serving multiple terms as Elder. He was named the church's Man of the Year in 2000 and was honored to be listed as the Elder, Emeritus for the last several years. He also served a term as President of the Presbytery.
Prior to moving into Westminster-Canterbury (W-C) with his wife, Audrey in 1994; Roy served on the Board of Trustees of W-C from 1984 -1989 and as Chairman 1987 -1988. Roy and Audrey enjoyed their years at W-C and Roy was renowned as a joke teller and for his comic performances in the Spring Follies.
Roy participated for several years in the VB Senior Games, winning numerous medals in basketball, horse shoes, shuffleboard, checkers and his personal favorite, table tennis.
Roy was an avid golfer and was a charter member of the Virginia Beach Seniors' Golf Group, serving as its President in 1989-90.
In his retirement years, Roy drove cancer patients weekly for Lee's Friends for twenty years. He operated a Hot Line for Angel Flight and he led W-C's United Way campaign for more than ten years. As a result of these and other activities, Roy received the 2000 Volunteer of the Year of the Friends Volunteer Program and the 2006 Jefferson Regional Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to the Hampton Roads Community. He also received the 2008 Governor's Award for Volunteerism and Community Service as Virginia's Outstanding Senior Volunteer.
He was preceded in death by Audrey, his beloved wife of 60 years and by his brother Kenneth Brun. He is survived by his children Bill Brun, Mary Weaver, Amy McNamara and David Brun; his grandchildren Jodi McNamara, Jake McNamara and Sophia Brun; his daughter-in-law Maria Otalvaro; his sons-in-law Doug Weaver and Chris McNamara; his nieces Cynthia Arnold and Jan Defenbaugh and nephews Wes Brun and Daniel Defenbaugh.
The family thanks all of the staff of W-C for the exceptional care and compassion shown to both our parents over the past 19 years. We also thank the residents of W-C for welcoming us into their community.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on December 7 in the W-C Chapel at 3100 Shore Drive Virginia Beach. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be directed to Bayside Presbyterian Church, the Fellowship Fund of W-C or any of the charities listed above.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Nov. 18, 2013