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Obituary-Eugene F. Rae

Eugene F. Rae died peacefully in Virginia Beach on March 1, 2016 at the age of ninety-three.  He is survived by his wife Jeanne Preston Rae, his children Eugene F. Rae Jr., Mark N. Rae and Nancy R. Delach and six grandchildren.  His first wife, Margaret Newcomb Rae, died in 2006. Eugene was born on September 9, 1922, at Meadow Bank Farm near Emporia, Virginia. He attended Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, Virginia.  He served in the U.S. Army in World War II in the Pacific rising to the rank of Major.  After the war, he joined the American Telephone & Telegraph Company, where he spent his entire career and specialized in international projects, serving the company in Switzerland, Vietnam and Iran.  In retirement, he returned to Meadow Bank Farm.  He enjoyed his family, his friends, his farm, his horses and his dogs. A visitation will be held at Echols Funeral Home in Emporia, Virginia, 5:00-6:00 pm on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. A funeral service will be held at Grace Church in Purdy, Virginia at 1:00 pm on Thursday, March 10, 2016. A memorial service will be held at Galilee Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 18, 2016.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Eugene’s memory to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Condolences may be sent to

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