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Robert "Bob"  Joseph Lavey
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Obituary for Robert "Bob" Joseph Lavey

Robert Joseph Lavey (age 86) died on Thursday, November 9, 2017 after suffering a stroke earlier in the week.
Bob Lavey was born in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated from Creighton Preparatory School. He began his college career at Creighton University, but interrupted his studies to join the Air Force in 1951, when the United States engaged in the Korean War. He attended the Air Force’s language school at Syracuse University where he studied Russian. After a year, he shipped to Japan then to Ch’o-Do Island off the western coast of North Korea, a hundred miles north of the 38th Parallel.
In 1953, he returned to the United States and married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Colchin. He finished his bachelor’s degree in Russian studies at the University of Nebraska then began a master’s program in Russian history at University in Kansas. The CIA recruited him before he completed his master’s work, and he and Patricia moved to Washington D.C. where Bob became a CIA officer.
Bob and Patricia raised seven children while moving numerous times within the United States, with three stops in Washington D.C. Bob’s final posting was to Canberra, Australia. Soon after Bob and Patricia returned to the United States in 1987, he retired from the CIA, then did contract work for the Agency for a few years.
In full retirement, he discovered his artistic side and became an accomplished photographer. He entered numerous local contests in the Vienna, Virginia area. He took great pride in his Irish heritage, and even greater pride in being the father of seven children. He was the devoted father of Michele, Kevin, Martha, Matthew, John, Patrick and James; the grandfather to eight grandchildren; and the great-grandfather to five great-grandchildren. Bob was preceded in death by his brothers, Jim and Jerry, and his sister, Mary, a Mercy nun. His daughter, Martha, passed away in April 2017. Bob and Patricia were married for 64 years.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 am on Friday, November 17, 2017 at St. Mark Catholic Church 9970 Vale Rd, Vienna, VA 22181. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Bob’s name to Solanus Casey Center
http://www.solanuscenter.org/ways-to-help/donations


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Service

Friday

17

Nov

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
St. Mark Catholic Church

9970 Vale Road
Vienna, VA 22180

Graveside

Friday

17

Nov

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
St. Mark Catholic Church

9970 Vale Road
Vienna, VA 22180

Inurnment will follow in the church gardens behind the church

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