On his 93rd birthday, September 13, 2016, after a brief illness, Roger B. Neighborgall, Sr. of Falls Church VA died with his family by his side.
A graduate of Duke University, Roger was a member of the Greatest Generation, a U.S. Army Ranger who fought in Europe including the Normandy invasion and Battle of the Bulge. At the end of the war in Europe he applied his munitions expertise to help recover stolen Jewish treasure stored in German bank vaults. His military awards include the Silver and Bronze Stars and a Presidential Unit Citation. He was recalled to service during the Korean War and spent his civilian career as an executive in the defense industry.
Roger's war experience imparted a profound love of life and a can-do determination to give back to his family, community and country. A community activist and perennial volunteer, he was active in Lions Club, American Legion and various city government organizations. He spoke extensively about his experiences to community and school groups, and particularly enjoyed teaching middle schoolers about the War, life, and the qualities of leadership. He was founder and president of Northern Virginia Tennis League and president of Friends of the W&OD Trail. He was active in veterans' organizations and was a USO volunteer and a greeter of Honor Flights, bringing his fellow vets to visit the WWII Monument.
Roger is survived by his wife of 38 years, Linda; children, Roger, Jr., Lisa Mathieu (Stephen), Christa Hyland and daughter-in-law, Rebecca Neighborgall; eight beloved grandchildren and one glorious great-granddaughter.
The family received friends at National Funeral Home, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church VA 22042, from 5:00 to 9:00 PM on Friday, September 23, 2016. A funeral mass was held at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, 543 Beulah Road, Vienna VA 22180 on Saturday, September 24, at 1:00 PM. Private interment at Arlington National Cemetery.
Roger requested that in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory be directed to the US Army Ranger Association, Ranger Assistance Fund, PO Box 52126, Ft. Benning, GA 31995, note as Roger Neighborgall memorial donation, the USO, PO Box 96860, Washington, DC 20077-7677 or Capital Caring, 2900 Telestar Ct., Falls Church, VA 22042.
Published in The Washington Post from September 18 to September 22, 2016 | Original