Roy M. Vannest, 82, of, Ravenswood, WV went home to be with his Lord and Savior on December 27, 2017 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, WV after an extended illness with Parkinson’s Disease and cancer.
Born September 30, 1935 at Millwood, WV, he was a son of the late Clyde and Sarah (Ball) Vannest.
Roy was a graduate of Ravenswood High School with the class of 1953. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army. After high school he worked on several construction jobs, including the building of the Kaiser Aluminum plant in Ravenswood. He was married in 1958 to Patty Skidmore. They moved to Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and he worked construction until he returned to Ravenswood in 1960 and became an employee of Kaiser Aluminum where he retired in 1994 with 34 ½ years of service. He was a member of the United Steelworkers of America, Local 5668. After retirement Roy continued to stay busy on his farm, fixing up and selling houses, working at his church and traveling. He was blessed to be able to take two mission trips to Lima, Peru and to Jamaica before his poor health prevented him from going. He and his wife visited almost all 50 states, including Hawaii and Alaska, and much of Canada, traveling in a 5th wheel camper. They spent fifteen winters as snowbirds to Lake Wales, Florida where they acclimated to their church and community and made many precious friends who became their family away from home. Their ultimate trip was in 2008 when they visited Israel and Egypt with their two daughters to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
Roy was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a faithful member of the Living Water Church, Ripley, WV. He accepted Jesus as his Savior in 1970 and served the Lord faithfully from that day forward. He will be remembered for his boldness in testifying for his Lord, his love of life and people, his sense of humor, and for what a hard worker he was.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his twin brother, Ray Vannest, nephew, Randy Vannest, and sisters-in-law, Kay Vannest and Janie Vannest. Roy is survived by his loving wife of 59 plus years, Patty (Skidmore) Vannest; daughters, Kim Rex (Gary Rider) of Ravenswood and Charleston, WV, Teresa (Tom) Evans of Ripley, WV; four grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; six great grandchildren; six step-great grandchildren; sister, Betty Abels; brother, Jordan “Joe” Vannest, both of Ravenswood; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
Roy’s body has been donated to the West Virginia Human Gift Registry, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, for the study of Parkinson’s disease and cancer.
A memorial service will be held on January 6, 2018 at the Living Water Church, 106 Miller Drive, Ripley, WV at 2:00 p.m. The family will be receiving visitors one hour before the service at the church and immediately after the service at the Fellowship Hall of the West Ripley Baptist Church where a dinner is planned for all that wish to attend. The service will be a celebration of Roy’s life with family and friend’s sharing stories about how much God has blessed his life and blessed all those that knew him. The celebration will continue at the Fellowship Hall sharing all the “funny” stories that were so much a part of Roy’s life. Everyone that knew Roy or any of his family is encouraged to attend and share in this joyous event of Roy’s homegoing.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all gifts be given to the Living Water Church, P. O. Box 1072, Ripley, WV 25271, which will be used exclusively toward debt reduction, a project that was very close to Roy’s heart.