Gregory Charles Meinel, 51, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, February 17, 2023. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frankie Eugene Meinel and Linda Meador Meinel.
Greg had a long and storied career in the health care industry. He was introduced to the field first by running rescue with the Vinton Rescue Squad. Greg proudly served in officer positions while on the squad several times. He served as Captain – Membership and First Lieutenant – Training. He went on to earn his Paramedic Certification and eventually through many, many years of service became a Lifetime Member of the Squad. Running calls was a passion he had his entire life.
Greg’s first “official” job was as a medical assistant in the Community Hospital Emergency Room. He worked nights there and he LOVED it. He would regale us endlessly with stories of all the crazy things he would see on any given night. Greg decided to take his career a step further and obtained his Associates Degree in Health Sciences from Virginia Western Community College, then attended Jefferson College of Heath Sciences to do a Paramedic to RN upgrade. Greg was so proud when he obtained his Registered Nursing License.
Greg spent the majority of his career as an ICU nurse at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He loved his job and helped countless patients and their families and would often receive letters of thanks for the care he provided. Greg also served as an instructor for Carilion, teaching Staff Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. He would often travel to other Carilion Hospitals to teach. Greg decided a couple of years ago to step away from his Carilion position and try out travel nursing. He loved his family too much to go too far though. He had assignments in Northern VA, Farmville and Lynchburg hospitals.
Greg was a proud member of the Mason’s. Raised to 3rd Master Mason on September 26, 2007.
Greg will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He leaves behind two sons, Joseph Conner Meinel and Ian Zachary Wood; a grandson, Frankie Brookes Meinel.
He also leaves a sister, Dawn Meinel Layne and her husband David; a niece, Brittney Lynne Layne; a great nephew, Kyler David Layne; niece, Laura Christine Gilmore.
Two uncles, Jimmie Meador, Sr and Kenneth Meador and his wife Linda.
Sister-in-law Jenny Saunders and her husband Eric. Niece, Elizabeth Saunders; Nephew, Bobby Saunders.
Special friends, David Adkins (his brother from another mother); Dr.Tim Beirne and Eric Slusher.
Numerous cousins, extended family and countless friends.
Special thanks to the Vinton Rescue Squad, Vinton Police Department, Chris and Sandy Sayre and Don Altice for their assistance.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 pm, Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at Lotz Funeral Home, 305 E. Washington Street, Vinton. A celebration of Gregory’s life will be held at 2 pm, Thursday, February 23, 2023 at Lotz Funeral Home-Vinton with Pastor Gareth Stephenson officiating. Burial will be private. Online condolences may be made at www.lotzfuneralhomevinton.com 540-343-4986
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