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Julian Ira Via
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Obituary for Julian Ira Via

Julian Ira Via, 89, of Grottoes, passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Sentara RMH Medical Center surrounded by his family. He was born on July 5, 1928 in Albemarle County to the late Joseph and Goldie Shifflett Via. Julian is preceded in death by one brother, George Via; two sisters, Callene Via and Ann Jessee; brother-in-law, Clifford Jessee, and grandson Adam Hester.

Julian worked at the shipyard in Baltimore for several years before moving back to the Valley where he retired after 32 years as maintenance supervisor from Reynolds Metal Company in Grottoes. He was a member of Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church and a long-time member of the Woodmen of the World.
He was a lover of everything outdoors – farming, gardening and hunting. He was daddy, dad, pawpaw, brother, uncle and friend to all who met him.
Julian is survived by his one love, Betty G. Via; daughter Teresa Hester and her husband Colin of Grottoes; son Jason Via of Grottoes; grandson Daniel Hester and partner Holly Moyer of Harrisonburg; granddaughters Hannah, Abigail and Amelia Via of Grottoes; brother Charles Via and his wife Joanne of Charlottesville as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM with the Reverend Cam Carte officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with a reception immediately after at the Woodman of the World Hall in Grottoes. The family will receive friends at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes from 5:00-7:00 PM on Saturday, January 6, 2018.

The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Sentara RMH Medical Center for taking such good care of Julian.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, 148 Rock Mountain Lane, Crimora, Va., 24431.

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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes

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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Mount Bethel United Methodist Church

148 Rock Mountain Lane
Crimora, VA 24431

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Mount Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery

148 Rock Mountain Lane
Crimora, VA 24431


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