Benjamin M. Wenger – Omega

Wenger, Ben Photo.jpgBenjamin M. Wenger ’15 ΣΛ702, of Annandale, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Beloved son of Fred and Patricia Wenger of Annandale, VA; loving brother of Joseph and Frederick Wenger, IV and dear grandson of Edna Wenger. Friends will be received at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Rd., Fairfax, VA on Friday, September 29, 2017 for a Visitation from 3-8PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 7401 St. Michaels Ln., Annandale, VA on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 12PM. Interment will follow at Fairfax Memorial Park.  An online obituary and family guestbook can be viewed and signed at

DeBell Party

Spud Mistr, John Funkhouser, Bruce Reynolds, Butch Weber, Louis Brooking, Steve Teel, Matt Brooking (standing), John DeBell, Geo Camilier, and Joe Kincheloe (top to bottom and left to right)

Many Brothers gathered at John and Connie DeBell’s home for a party the evening before the Virginia Tech / WVU game. Eleven brothers got together for dinner and memories. John reports, “They came from Dallas, Idaho, New Jersey, and from across Virginia.  As we caught up on old times, it was the consensus of the group that during our time in the late 60’s, there were about 30 Brothers active in the Fraternity.  The fact that Ten Brothers out of a total Fraternity membership  of 30 were  present  50 years later is fairly significant. The wives of those brothers from Virginia also joined us.  As you can imagine, after dinner and a few drinks, all the stories  of our Fraternity life came out.  It was amazing what everyone remembered, though some of the stories certainly were enhanced with time.  Many of us went to the WVA game and tailgated together.”







Francis Mistr, Connie DeBell, Connie Kincheloe, Marylyn Funkhouser, Ginger Brooking and Ludi Webber (top to bottom and left to right). Ginger’s granddaughter, Olivia is seated (kind of) in her lap.



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Aaron T. Ryan – Omega

Just learned of the passing of Aaron Ryan.

Aaron Ryan, 39, who was a Project Manager for L.E.Peabody for 17 years in Alexandria, died on May 12, 2011. Aaron received his degree in finance and economics in 1994 from Virginia Tech. He was an avid biker, swimmer and fisherman. He is survived by his beloved wife, Pavlina and wonderful daughter, Natalie of Alexandria; parents, Tom and Karen Ryan of Pryor, OK; and brother, Adam Ryan of Los Angeles, CA plus aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous friends.

Ryan Barkan – Omega

Ryan Mitchell Barkan ’00 ΣΛ443, 39, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July23, 2017 in New York City. He was a Music Supervisor for Droga5 in New York City. Born in Norfolk, VA, he is the son of Michael and Sandra Merritt Barkan of Virginia Beach.

Ryan was a graduate of Kempsville High School and Virginia Tech.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Angela Salomon Barkan and daughter Sunny Barkan; Angela’s Mother, Carole Salomon; his parents; 3 brothers and their wives, Louis and Lisa Barkan, Andrew and Jen Barkan, and Alex and Lauren Barkan; his grandmother, Elizabeth Bray; and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ryan’s name may be made to Vh1 Save the Music,, one of Ryan’s charitable passions. Save the Music is dedicated to restoring music programs in America’s public schools and raising awareness about the importance of music in children’s education. Donations may also be made to Congregation Beth El and the American Heart Association. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be offered to the family through