Francis Joseph ‘Frank’ LaRock, 88, Navy veteran who retired after 32 years’ service

Francis Joseph ‘Frank’ LaRock

Francis Joseph “Frank” LaRock, 88, of Virginia Beach, passed away Monday, March 9, 2020.

Born in Panama, he was the son of the late John and Anna LaRock. He retired honorably as a lieutenant commander from the U.S. Navy after 32 years of service and was awarded Navy Achievement with Combat V. Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Three Stars and National Defense Medal. Following retirement, he worked for over 30 years for QED Systems.

Frank was also a lifelong member of Haygood United Methodist Church and a Scout Master of Boy Scouts of America Troop No. 363 for over 30 years. He was honored with the District Award of Merit and Silver Beaver Award.

In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Ruth LaRock; and four siblings, William, Wilfred, Mary and Shirley.

Left to cherish his memories are two daughters, Brenda Tickle and Edie Crawford (husband, Donald); four sons, Joe LaRock, Jim LaRock (wife, Pam), Mike LaRock (wife, Lisa) and Mike Kell (wife, Deb); nine grandchildren, Kristie, Greg, Jessica, David, Ryan, Emily, Jessica, Shawn and Jennifer; eight great-grandchildren, Kiley, Hunter, Connor, Caitlin, Cody, McKenna, Savannah and Fotini; three siblings, John LaRock, Harold LaRock and Betty Johnson; as well as several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Calpurnia Moses for her loving care of Frank over the last few months.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, March 13, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 14, at Haygood UMC with military honors. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Haygood UMC, 4713 Haygood Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455.

Share online condolences with the family at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory.

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