Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 18, 2017
Wendall C. Gilroy (Age 88)
Died on August 15, 2017. He was born in Washington, DC on September 5, 1928. He
is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Doris Gilroy; children, Mindy Emerson (Bruce),
Russell Gilroy, Patti Lunchick (Eric), and Lisa Peterson (Tom); grandchildren, Ryan
Emerson (Laura), Ben and Nicole Emerson, Gretchen Gilroy, Joshua, Zachary and Lexi
Lunchick, Lauren and Alex Peterson and great-grandchildren, Malachi and Silvie
Emerson. Also surviving him is his youngest sister, Bernardine Cook and her husband,
Norman. Wendall loved sports.
While attending Eastern High School (1947), he played football, basketball, and
baseball. Upon graduation he was recruited by over 30 colleges and professional
sports teams. His most cherished memory is of being asked to try out for the Brooklyn
Dodgers in 1949.
After high school he drove a truck for Dr. Pepper while he went to night school. Then he
got a job with Western Electric. He continued to work there until he retired. While
working at Western Electric he was President of the Pioneers, a volunteer organization
and he was in charge of their United Way program for two years.
Family will receive friends at National Funeral Home, Falls Church, VA, Saturday,
August 19, visitation, 4 to 5 p.m.; service 5 to 6 p.m.
We wish to thank the community of Warrenton for their support of our parents and for
Fauquier Hospital and Gainesville Health and Rehab Center and how they cared for our
National Funeral Home
7482 Lee Highway
Falls Church, VA 22042