Raymond (Rusty) Lewis Blood 75 of Locust Grove, Va passed away peacefully at his residence November 16,2020. Born April 23,1945 in Falls Church, Va .to the late Dean and Katherine Blood, he was the youngest of six children, and was preceded in death by his brothers, James Blood, George Blood, and Edward Blood. He is survived by two sisters, Lucille Wren and Jessie Martin, both of Front Royal, Va.
He was married to the love of his life May 4, 1968 for 52 years to Joan A. Blood. Rusty is also survived by his two children Jim Blood and daughter Tricia Denton, daughter-in-law Amanda Blood along with five grandchildren Ashleigh Denton, Jade Blood, Stephanie Denton, Andrew Denton, Kaylee Blood, and one great grandchild Raegan Denton. Rusty also has many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In 1965 Rusty graduated from Fairfax High School and enlisted into the United States Air Force, serving 5 years. During this time, he was stationed at Andrews Air Force Base and served in Misawa Japan serving as a firefighter in helicopter rescue. After the Air Force he continued as a Volunteer Firefighter and furthered his passion for firefighting as he joined the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department as a paid firefighter later becoming a county Fire Marshal. After 27 years of dedicated service, he retired in 1996. Rusty continued to be an active member of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Retirement Association.
In 2007 Rusty and his beloved wife moved to Locust Grove Va. to enjoy retirement. During this time, he enjoyed traveling, attending bluegrass music, and watching his grandchildren and great grandchild grow.
Funeral services will be held at Flat Run Church, 2533 Flat Run Rd, Locust Grove Va. 22508. The visitation will be held Friday November 20, 2020, from 3pm-8pm at Flat Run Church. The funeral service will be held at the church on Saturday, November 21, at 11am, followed by a 2pm graveside service at National Memorial Park, 7482 Lee Hwy Falls Church, Va. 22042. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Retirement Association P.O. Box 2301 Fairfax, Va, 22031, or Flat Run Church, 2533 Flat Run Road, Locust Grove Va. 22508.