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Date published: 2/24/2014

Villard D. Mendenhall

Villard Dale Mendenhall, 77, of Colonial Beach passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond, from complications following pneumonia.

Dale served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of Colonial Beach United Methodist Church, where he previously served as president of the United Methodist Men and the Administrative Council. He was also past president of the Colonial Beach Lions Club (2003-2006). After decades working as a business owner and general contractor, he spent his retirement fulfilling his passion for gardening and he had a huge heart for helping others. Dale lived for summertime, when he could plant and nurture his vegetable garden and fruit trees, frequently donating fresh produce to the church's food pantry to help others in need. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with family and friends, where laughter, jokes and storytelling were among his favorite pastimes.

He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Mary Mendenhall; his sister, Anna Powell of Colonial Beach; two daughters, Sherie Bernier of Houston, Texas, and Anna Matuson of Tallahassee, Fla.; a son, Russell Mendenhall of Williamsburg; a stepson, Woody Perry of Chester, N.J.; five grandchildren, Brian Bernier, Jessica Perez, Bryan Menendez, Savannah Perry and Grayson Perry; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. and Mrs. H.R. Mendenhall; a son, Dale Wesley Mendenhall; two sisters, Elsie Bloomer and Inez Trent; and a brother, H. Randolph Mendenhall.

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude and love to the MICU physicians and nursing staff at the McGuire Veterans Medical Center: "The extraordinary care and attention shown to Dale and our family over the last five weeks is appreciated more than words can express, and the special bonds we created with the medical team will remain in our hearts forever."

The family will receive friends at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Colonial Beach United Methodist Church, where the United Methodist Women will host a light lunch. A funeral service will immediately follow at 1 p.m. at the church, followed by burial in Historyland Memorial Park, Route 301 North, King George.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that expressions of sympathy be made payable to the Colonial Beach United Methodist Church Food Pantry, Box 189, Colonial Beach, VA 22443; or contributions be made to the Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, VA 22443.

Please sign the online guest book at nashandslaw fh.com.