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Richard Jemiola

Richard Walter Jemiola

Saturday, March 26th, 1949 - Saturday, June 8th, 2019
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Obituary

Richard Walter Jemiola, 70, went to be with the Lord on June 8, 2019. Richard was born in Burlington, Vermont to the late Edward and Marie Lascelles Jemiola. He was a graduate of West Virginia University, the U.S. Army War College, and the University of Vermont where he obtained a master’s degree in environmental and civil engineering. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Colonel, after 26 years of honorable service. After retiring from the military, he served the State of West Virginia as the Secretary of Transportation under Governor Cecil Underwood. For the last 21 years, Rich served as the Director of Facilities and Engineering at Regent University. He was an active member of the Catholic Church of St. Mark, where he served on the finance committee and volunteered for prison ministries in Emporia, VA.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 44 years, Irene; children Michelle R. Jemiola and Richard J. “Ricky” Jemiola and his wife Nicole; grandchildren Carly and Caitlyn; siblings, Kathleen Calvert, Nancy Mohl, and Edward Jemiola; and a host of other family and friends.
The Family will receive friends at Graham Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1112 Kempsville Road, Chesapeake on Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A service to celebrate his life will be held on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Regent University Chapel, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach. Burial will follow at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA., at a later date. You may offer online condolences to the family at www.grahamfuneralhome.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 13th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    When
    Thursday, June 13th, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Location
    Graham Funeral Home
    Address
    1112 Kempsville Road
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
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  • Service

    Friday, June 14th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, June 14th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Regent University Chapel
    Address
    1000 Regent University Drive
    Virginia Beach, VA 23464
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  • Interment

    Location
    Arlington National Cemetery
    Address
    Address not given
    Arlington, Virginia 22211
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Guy and Mary Hough

Posted at 09:48am
Dear Irene and family, We had just returned from PA and were shocked and saddened to learn of Rich's passing. He had continued to be a friend since our years in Germany. I had spoken to him a few weeks ago. We planned to have lunch together again soon; something w had enjoyed in the past. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Sincerely Guy and May
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Robert Shields

Posted at 04:38pm
Best friend while on active duty, will miss him greatly. Bob Shields
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Sara Baron

Posted at 02:12pm
I offer my sympathies to Rich's family and friends. I was fortunate to work with Rich often during my 10 years at Regent University. It was always a pleasure working with Rich on the many improvements we made to the library building and spaces. As a fellow Catholic, Rich and I were able to share our faith at weekly masses held in the library chapel. I was so sad to read the news of his passing and join with others praying for his eternal rest and that perpetual light shines upon him.
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COL (Ret) Scott Morris

Posted at 11:45pm
To Family and Friends - Our deepest sympathy and prayers for your loss. Rich and I were WVU classmates in the Army ROTC program and were both commissioned in the Corps of Engineers. Over our very similar careers, we were frequently bumping into each other, from the 3rd Armored Division in Germany, to when we met in the desert during Desert Storm as battalion commanders, Rich with the 9th and me with the 54th. Then back in Germany under the 130th Brigade for a few months before Rich changed command. We were also together at the Huntsville Phase of the District Commander precommand course, and we would see each other at the Ft. Leonard Wood annual activities at the Engineer School. He was a great guy and a fine officer. We will all miss him. Godspeed.
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COL (Ret) Scott Morris

Posted at 11:45pm
To Family and Friends - Our deepest sympathy and prayers for your loss. Rich and I were WVU classmates in the Army ROTC program and were both commissioned in the Corps of Engineers. Over our very similar careers, we were frequently bumping into each other, from the 3rd Armored Division in Germany, to when we met in the desert during Desert Storm as battalion commanders, Rich with the 9th and me with the 54th. Then back in Germany under the 130th Brigade for a few months before Rich changed command. We were also together at the Huntsville Phase of the District Commander precommand course, and we would see each other at the Ft. Leonard Wood annual activities at the Engineer School. He was a great guy and a fine officer. We will all miss him. Godspeed.
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