CUCM Robert Lee "Rivers" Loy III (1932 - 2018)

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CUCM Robert (Rivers) Lee Loy III, 85 of Edinburg, VA, passed away peacefully Friday, March 9, 2018 at his home, surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

A family visitation night will be held Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Woods Chapel Independent Bible Church, 58 Splinter Lane, New Market, VA.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Woods Chapel Independent Bible Church with the Reverend Glen Turner officiating. Interment will follow in Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery in New Market, VA.

The family will host a fellowship meal at Woods Chapel Fellowship Hall following the interment.

Rivers was born December 18, 1932 in Arlington County, VA, son of the late Robert L. Loy Jr. and the late Elsie Mae (Cockrill) Wilson. He was a graduate of Fairfax High School Fairfax, VA, where he lettered in football and baseball.

From September 1951 through January 1953, he served as a Patternmaker at the Naval Gun Factory at the Washington Navy Yard.

On February 25, 1953, Rivers enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

In 1961 he became a plank holder in the re-commissioned Reserve Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 23 (RNCMB23), where he served until he retired in 1993 as a Command Master Chief. Rivers loved the SEABEES, his mates and his various deployments.

Coincidental to his Reserve service, Rivers was employed by the Department of Health and Human Service from August 1960 through December 1981, where he worked as an Exhibit Specialist. He worked evenings at Blair Incorporated and Color-Ad, assisting both of these companies with development and design of various exhibits.

Family and community were very important to Rivers. He was an active participant in the Shenandoah County Republican Committee, he was a delivery driver for the Shenandoah County Meals On Wheels Program, and he served numerous terms on the SEABEE Memorial Scholarship Foundation. He loved helping his neighbors, and he loved attending sporting events and school functions for his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Rivers was a friend and mentor to countless individuals.

Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, Joyce Ann Loy; one daughter, Nancy E.L. Barnett and her husband Frank of Edinburg, VA; one son, Michael A. Loy and his wife Patricia of Edinburg, VA; six grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

CUCM Loy was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, Carl A. Wilson; and two sisters, Mary E. Moehler of Fredericksburg, VA and Betty Marie Garren of Falls Church, VA.

Pallbearers will be Frank H, Barnett III, Derrick N. Dotson, John Funkhouser, Michael A. Loy, David M. Mischler, and Charles (Ricky) Saxon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sentara Hospice Services Harrisonburg, c/o Sentara Health Foundation, 6015 Poplar Hill Drive, Suite 308, Norfolk, VA 23502-3819 or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 718517. Topeka KS 66675-8517.

Arrangements are being handled by Theis Funeral Chapel, New Market, VA where friends may sign the register book on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Rivers will be taken to the Church Tuesday at 2 p.m. The casket will remain closed.

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Published in Northern Virginia Daily on Mar. 10, 2018