US Air Force

Brigadier General Scott Paul Van Cleef, USAF Retired

February 21, 1950 ~ July 18, 2021 (age 71)

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Brigadier General Scott Paul Van Cleef, USAF RET, age 71 of Fincastle, passed away suddenly Sunday, July 18, 2021 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Scott was born February 21, 1950 in Salina, Kansas and lived in Botetourt for the past eighteen years. He served with distinction in The United States Air Force for 29 ½ years, retiring as a Brigadier General. In retirement, Scott owned Van Cleef Fine Woodworking, and was active in the Air Force Association, MOAA, and Civilian Air Patrol.

Preceded in death by his father, Paul L. Van Cleef, Scott is survived by his wife Barbara Van Cleef; daughters: April (Bill) Richards and Crystal Van Cleef (Jaison Norris); grandchildren: Evan Norris, Alex Richards, Logan Norris, Connor Richards, Aidan Van Cleef, and Caitlin Richards; his mother, Dorothy L. Wells Van Cleef; sisters: Martha Van Cleef, Sharon (Bob) Moreen, and Joyce Van Cleef.

A celebration of Scott’s life will be 1:00 pm, Monday July 26 at Rader Funeral Home, 630 Roanoke Road Daleville, with Pastor Charles Miller officiating. Burial with full military honors provided by The United States Air Force Honor Guard will be at Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Dublin, Virginia. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 2:00 to 5:00 pm Sunday.

Scott’s celebration of life will be livestreamed at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Scott’s memory to
Air Force Association, Scholarship Fund, 1501 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22209.

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July 25, 2021

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Rader Funeral Home
630 Roanoke Rd.
Daleville, VA 24083

July 26, 2021

1:00 PM
Rader Funeral Home
630 Roanoke Rd.
Daleville, VA 24083

Video is available for this event


Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery
5550 Bagging Plant Road
Dublin, VA 24084


Air Force Association, Education Scholarship Fund
1501 Lee Highway, Arlington VA 22209

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