Markle, Herbert Benson

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Herbert Benson Markle, loving husband and father, passed away at age 94, on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 in Newington/Lorton, Virginia. Herb was born on September 13, 1926 in Willis, Floyd County, VA to the late Curtis Brown, Sr. and Cynthia Eleanor Weeks Markle.

He went to Floyd County High School. On August 5, 1960, Herb married Aldeen Leah Burton and raised one daughter, Leah. He worked as an Electronics Technician for Melpar, Inc. In 1961, Herb joined the Army DOD Center for Night Vision & Electro-Optics, retiring from the Air Systems Division in 1987. He was a veteran of WWII and Korea serving in the Army Air Core as well as in the Air Force.

He had a passion for aviation, electronics, optics and an insatiable curiosity of all things. He was always learning, studying, experimenting and inventing. One of his hobbies was photography where he would try to catch that perfect picture of a flower, bird, butterfly or bee. Herb was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 186, Manassas, VA, VFW Post 7327, and the American Legion Post 176, both of Springfield, VA.

He is preceded in death by his brothers, Curtis Markle, Jr. (wife Oveda), Ralph Markle (wife Vera), Charles Markle (survived by wife Wanda); and sister Elizabeth Markle Kish (husband George).
He is survived by his wife, Aldeen; daughter, Leah Grossi (husband Chris); grandson, Giovanni Grossi; brother, Robert Markle (wife Elnora); brother-in-law, Joseph Dillon; many loving nieces and nephew; and many more great nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 21, 2020 in the Jacksonville Cemetery with Pastor Jerry Hylton officiating and Military Honors by the Seymour Johnson Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel prior to the graveside service.

Due to COVID-19, masks must be worn inside of the funeral home.