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Area Deaths - December 14, 2011

Gary E. Stepp

Gary E. Stepp, 77, of Westmoreland County died peacefully at his home on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.
For the past 22 years he was the owner of Stepp’s Harbor View Marina on Mattox Creek in Westmoreland County. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot. After leaving the Air Force, he had a long career with Westinghouse Electric in Pittsburgh, PA. After retiring from Westinghouse, he moved to Westmoreland, where he bought and operated his lifelong dream, a family-owned and -operated marina for recreational boating, which combined the three great loves of his life, his family, the water and boats.
Gary is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 57 years, Helen G. Stepp; his son, Bryan K. Stepp of Westmoreland, who now manages and operates the family marina; his daughter, Valerie Stepp of King George; his daughter-in-law, Paula Stepp of Westmoreland; his three grandchildren, Andrew Stepp of Westmoreland, Laura Stepp of Richmond and Megan Stepp of Westmoreland; and his sister, Gayle Kramer Allen of Powell, OH.
He was predeceased by his son-in-law, John E. Tyler Jr.
A service to celebrate Gary’s life was held Saturday, Dec. 10, at The Presbyterian Church on Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg.
Donations be made in Gary’s name to the American Heart Association.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, is handling the arrangements. An online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

John Francis Burgess

John Francis “Mutt” Burgess, 87, of King George County died Monday, Dec. 5, 2011.
John was a World War II veteran, and had retired from the Naval Surface Warfare Center and from his second job as an auto mechanic, but he continued his love of growing roses.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Burgess, and brothers Clayton Burgess, George Burgess and Roland Burgess.
Survivors include sisters Lucille Forest of Townsend, MA, Margaret Bailey of San Diego, CA; brother Claude Burgess of Crewe; son Thomas Burgess (Patty), of Dahlgren; daughter Susan Horman (Roger), of King George; and grandchildren Michael Burgess (Katie), of Charlotte, N.C., and Stephen Burgess of Roanoke.
The family received friends at Nash and Slaw Funeral Home, King George.
A graveside service was held Saturday, Dec. 10, at Historyland Memorial Park, King George.
Memorial donations may be made in his name to Dahlgren United Methodist Church, Box 1797, Dahlgren, VA, 22448.

Robert Rudoph Gordon

Robert Rudolph “Dickie” Gordon, 76, of Warsaw departed this life Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.
Dickie had retired from the U.S. Army, having served his country for 21 years, four months and 14 days. He also retired from the Tappahannock Police Department after 14 years of service.
He devoted 24 years to the Richmond County Little League and was one of the charter members. He was the first African-American chief umpire and on the board of directors of the league.
He is survived by his wife, Dora Vaughan Gordon; four children Wanda Henderson (Tyrone), Derrick Gordon (Lisa), James Gordon (Alice), and Crystal Bailey (Rahsaan); three sisters, Delma Arthur (James), Princess Arthur and Alice Yvonne Lacey; and one brother, George Stanley Crawley.
Visitation was held Saturday, Dec. 10, at Washington Funeral Home, 1404 Tappahannock Blvd.
A memorial service was held at Good Hope Baptist Church, Dunnsville.
A funeral was held Sunday, Dec. 11, at Good Hope Baptist Church, Dunnsville, with the Rev. Bill Williams, pastor, officiating and Minister James Gordon as eulogist. Interment will be in the church cemetery with full military rites.
Contributions may be made in his memory to Good Hope Baptist Church, Dunnsville, Va.
Online condolences are at washingtonfh.com.

Donald P. Raines

Donald P. Raines, 74, of King George County died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
He is survived by three sons, Robert D., Don and Chris Raines; one daughter, Hope Raines; and one sister, Mary Hylton.
A viewing was held Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal. A graveside service followed in Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle.
An online guest book is available at brooksfuneralhome.com.

James Rufus Oliff

James Rufus Oliff, 94, of Montross died Friday, Dec. 9, 2011.
Mr. Oliff was a World War II Army veteran and a retired auto body repairman.
Mr. Oliff is survived by his wife, Dora A. Oliff; his daughter, Diane O. Michael of Crofton, MD; his granddaughter, Ashley Michael; two sisters, Altha Parr of Charlottesville and Mary Sanford of Colonial Beach; and two brothers, Charlie Oliff of Montross and William Oliff of Upper Marlboro, MD.
A funeral was held Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Ephesus Christian Church, Foneswood, with interment in the church cemetery.
The family received friends Monday, Dec. 12, at Welch Funeral Home, Montross Chapel, 17546 Kings Highway, Montross.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ephesus Christian Church, Box 3, Foneswood, VA, 22461.
Online condolences may be made at welchfuneralhomeva.com.

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