Robert Alexander Laychak
Lt Col, USA (Ret)
April 30, 1931-Jan 24, 2018
A funeral Mass honoring Robert will be held at Fort Myer Old Post Chapel on Tuesday, July 17, at 10:45am with a graveside service to follow at Arlington National Cemetery. Family will receive friends at Miller Funeral Home in Woodbridge, VA on Sunday, July 15 from 2-5pm.
Robert is preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Patricia, and son Dave Laychak. He is survived by his second wife, Bozena Wing Laychak, his children Jim (& Lynn) Laychak, Mike (& Kelly) Laychak, Molly (& Dan) Whalen, Laurie Laychak-Chareq & Jim Chareq, his grandchildren: Zachary, Ryan, Jennifer, Megan, Marcus, Sean, Bobby, Katie and Bridget, Bozena’s daughter Beatrice, her children Hugo, Quentin, and Berengere, as well as many nieces and nephews.
A longtime resident of Alexandria, VA and later Dumfries, VA, he was a first generation American, born and raised in Buffalo, NY.
Robert served his country for 33 years in the US Army, with postings that included Germany, Korea and Iran. During his career he received the Bronze Star during combat in Vietnam, the Air Medal and Meritorious Service Commendation. After his retirement from active duty he was the first Director of US Army IMCEN (Information Management Support Center) until 1996.
A “soldier’s soldier”, he went to bat for many, and is remembered as a bold officer and a large, boisterous presence who brought an essential goodness and generosity to his leadership. A committed man of faith, he was a long time lector at the Fort Belvoir Catholic Community and a friend to all who met him.
The family will forever remember his generosity of mind, spirit and wealth, his infectious smile and laugh, propensity for tall tales and joy for life, duty and family that was unquenchable until his last breath.