Roy B. Shrout, Jr. – Colonel, United States Army

From a contemporary press report:

Roy B. Shrout, Jr., 66, an Army Colonel who retired in 1986 as a specialist in communications security for the NATO command structure, died of cardiac arrest February 11, 2000, at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital.

Colonel Shrout served 30 years in the military before his final assignment in the Defense Communications Agency as a special projects officer. His career included duty in Germany, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Okinawa and various military posts in the United States. After his military retirement, he was chief communications engineer with the Fairfax County government. In this role, he helped design and establish a new radio system for public safety agencies.

A resident of Centreville, Virginia, he had lived in the Washington area for 20 years. He was born in Welch, West Virginia, and graduated from West Virginia University.

While serving in the Army he received a master’s degree in communications management at George Washington University. He graduated from the Command and General Staff College and served as a communications officer in Vietnam during the Southeast Asian war. His military decorations included the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal and the Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster.

Colonel Shrout was an amateur radio operator and was active in the Bull Run Civic Association.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Renva Wren Shrout  of Centreville; four children, Roy Shrout III of Centreville, Richard Shrout of McLean, R. SherryLynn Norton of Bridgewater, New Jersey, and R. Marilyn Gilligan of Ashburn; a brother, Barrett L. Shrout of Seaford, Virginia.; a sister, Jean Carolyn Jack of Welch, West Virginia; and four grandchildren.

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