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Robert L. Riffe, 84, of Locust Grove died peacefully at his home Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, of heart failure.
Bob is survived by Jean, his wife of 62 years; his sons, Robert (Pam) of Richmond, Brian (Pam) of Fairfax Station, Timothy (Robin) of Lake of the Woods and Steven of Jeannette, Pa.; 12 grandchildren, Rene, Matthew, Karen, Daniel, Erin, Richard, Michelle, Christopher, Steven, Sean, Samuel and Cole; three great-grandchildren, Lennox, Gabriel and Norah; and his sister, Betty Lou Daniel of Lester, W. Va. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Phillip and Noel "Babe."
Robert was the son of Haskell O. Riffe and Beatrice Richmond Riffe of Lester. Bob attended Beckley College on a basketball scholarship. After marriage in 1951, Bob served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. Upon return to the United States, Bob worked first as an electronics technician at Melpar, and later at the Night Vision Laboratories, Department of the Army at Fort Belvoir, retiring in 1993.
A 44-year member of Occoquan Lodge 310, AF&AM, he was also a member of Edward H. Cann Lodge 1752, AF&AM and served as Worshipful Master of both lodges. Bob also belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star. He was a member of Occoquan Chapter 59 Woodbridge for 43 years, where he served six times as Worthy Patron. He also belonged to Fredericksburg Chapter 29. Bob served in various committee positions of the Grand Chapter, State of Virginia, of the OES. Bob was frequently sought after for initiations, funerals and other Eastern Star and Masonic occasions.
Bob was active in St. Paul United Methodist Church in Woodbridge; after moving to Lake of the Woods, he joined The Lake of the Woods Church, where he served as a Stephen's minister for several years.
Bob was a great father and role model for his four children and was known as "Poppy" to his 12 grandchildren.
Daniel Riffe posted the following: "Poppy you were an inspiration, a role model and amazing grandfather! Your kind heart and gentle nature will be remembered and passed along through your beautiful wife, children and grandchildren. You have made an amazing family and we will miss you deeply but your life, your laugh and your love will live on through each and every one of us! Heaven is lucky to have such an amazing angel. I know you'll be watching over us!"
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at The Lake of the Woods Church, Locust Grove, with a Masonic and Eastern Star Service to be held at 7:30 p.m.. A service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at the church. The Rev. Mike Lemay will officiate. Interment will follow at Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either Lake of the Woods Church or Lake of the Woods Rescue Squad.
An online guestbook is available at johnsoncares.com.