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Retired Chief Warrant Officer 3 William Ralph Laderach, 85, of Colonial Heights, passed away on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

Born in Elkins, W.Va., he was the son of the late Ernst and Mary Adams Laderach, and was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers. Mr. Laderach retired after 23 years of service as a chief warrant officer 3 with the U.S. Army, having served during the Vietnam and Korean conflicts. He also served with the USARPAC, the military advisory group in Indonesia. He retired after 11 years of service from the Department of Defense at Defense General Supply Center Bellwood and Swift Creek Associates.

During his military career, his decorations and awards included the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Korean Service Medal, U.N. Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal. He was a member of the Military Officers Association of America and its Southside Virginia Chapter. As a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, he was active at the Powhatan Starke Lodge No. 124. He was a member of the American Legion Post 284, a member of the National Association of Military Retirees and past commander of the James Monroe Camp Heroes of 76. Mr. Laderach was also an elder of the Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Vivian Daniels Laderach; a daughter, Linda Ann Turovlin and husband, Alan, of New Jersey; a son, William Robert Laderach of Dumfries, Va.; three grandchildren, Nathan, Aaron and Lisa Turovlin.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, 211 Lynchburg Ave., Colonial Heights, VA 23834, with the Rev. Dr. Glenda Hollingshead officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church or the . Arrangements by the Colonial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory, 2033 Boulevard. Condolences may be registered at www.ealvinsmall.com.
Published in The Progress-Index on May 8, 2014
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