Via, Gerald Ward

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It is with much sadness that we announce that Gerald Ward Via, of Roanoke, VA passed away Tuesday, April 6th, 2021. Gerald graduated from Floyd County High School and National Business College.

Gerald leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Vicky Walters Via, his daughter, Melissa Via Johnson, and three grandchildren, Ashleigh, Emma, and Eli of Fincastle. He is also survived by his parents, Theodore and Louise Compton Via of Floyd, VA. A brother, Mark (Karen) Via of Floyd, and a sister, Sarah (Michael) Browning of Copper Hill, Va. His nephews, Ryan (Sarah) Browning of Daleville, VA, and Matthew (Stephanie) Browning of Troutville, Va. His nieces, Trisha (Chris) Heidt of Floyd, Va, Angela (Mike) Myers of Floyd, Patricia Moore of Roanoke, VA, and Laura Lee (Brandon) Allen of Floyd, Va. Several great-nieces and nephews. In-laws, John and Bonnie Dunn of Roanoke, Va. Sister-in-law, Cathy (Wendell) Sowers of Christiansburg.

Gerald was the past president of the Jubal Early Preservation Trust, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Fincastle Rifles, past Vice-President of the Floyd County Historical Society, past member of the Floyd County Preservation Trust, and Hanging Rock in Salem.
Gerald loved being with all his family. He enjoyed people and telling them a story. The center of his universe, he always said was The Saddle overlook on the parkway. He loved to go listen to his friends play bluegrass music.

Gerald will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Services will be held Friday, April 9th at 1:00 pm, at Gardner Funeral Home in Floyd, VA. There will visitation 1 ½ hours before the funeral. Interment will follow at the Lee Cemetery, Tuggles Gap. Services will be conducted by Rev. Jeff Dalton.

In lieu of flowers, Gerald wanted donations to be made to the Floyd County Historical Society, P.O. Box 292, Floyd, Va. 24091. If you choose to come to the services, please wear a face mask inside of the facilities due to COVID-19.