Richard Claybrook Obituary

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Richard Allen Claybrook Sr.

July 16, 1926 - March 3, 2014
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Richard Allen Claybrook, Sr., (Rip), 87, passed away on Monday, March 3, 2014 at RMH-Sentara Medical Center in Harrisonburg, following a period of declining health. He was born on July 16, 1926 in Danville, VA and was the son of the late Reverend Fred Claybrook and Helen Claybrook. Rip was raised in Culpeper, VA and in Cumberland and Baltimore, MD. During WWII he served in the US Army Air Corps in the South Pacific. His grandfather, Reverend Frederick William Claybrook of Kilmarnock, VA, served as a Lieutenant with the VMI Corps of Cadets in the Battle of New Market. He attended the University of Richmond under the GI Bill,...
Richard Allen Claybrook, Sr., (Rip), 87, passed away on Monday, March 3, 2014 at RMH-Sentara Medical Center in Harrisonburg, following a period of declining health.

He was born on July 16, 1926 in Danville, VA and was the son of the late Reverend Fred Claybrook and Helen Claybrook.

Rip was raised in Culpeper, VA and in Cumberland and Baltimore, MD. During WWII he served in the US Army Air Corps in the South Pacific. His grandfather, Reverend Frederick William Claybrook of Kilmarnock, VA, served as a Lieutenant with the VMI Corps of Cadets in the Battle of New Market.

He attended the University of Richmond under the GI Bill, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1950, and Masters in Education from University of Virginia in 1955.

Rip was an educator and taught in Henrico County, and was principal of public elementary schools in Colonial Beach, Petersburg, Chesterfield County and Fairfax County. He was a volunteer firefighter in Colonial Beach. He was director of Camp Baker for children with intellectual disabilities in Chesterfield County during several summers in the early 1960's. He served as President of the Department of Elementary School Principals, Fairfax Education Association from 1975-1976. He served as President of Colonial Beach Lions Club, Richmond Cosmopolitan Club, Annandale Lions Club and Ravensworth Farm Civic Association in Fairfax County.

Following his retirement, he moved to Harrisonburg in 1983 and worked part time at James Madison University. He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church where he was an usher and Lay Visitor from 1983-1995. He was a former member and director of Bridgewater Ruritan Club and former member of Harrisonburg Republican Committee.

Rip was a loyal fan of EMU basketball and JMU, Turks and Clover Hill baseball.

On December 22, 1950 in Ashland, VA, he married the former Elizabeth "Libby" McNeal, who survives.

He is also survived by a son, Richard Allen Claybrook, Jr. of Rockingham County, VA; a daughter, Helen Claybrook Loman and husband, Douglas of Shenandoah County, VA; two grandchildren, Tim Loman of Henry County, VA, and Paul Loman of New York City; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.

The family will receive friends from 7-8:00 PM, Friday evening, March 7, at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg. A Memorial service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Asbury United Methodist Church. Burial will be private at Solomons Lutheran Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Catalyst for Ministry Campaign, Asbury United Methodist Church, 205 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 or Solomons Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Grayson Getz, 6281 Senedo Rd., Quicksburg, VA 22847.

Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements and online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.

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"Sorry to hear about the loss of your Father. He was the principal of Annandale Elementary in Annandale, Va when I was a student there. I have a photo of..." Vicki Wnuk (Cincinnati, OH)

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