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Veikko “Vic” Uotinen, 80, of Lynchburg, went to be with his Lord on Monday, September 30, 2019. He was the husband of the late Kathryn “Kay” Evans Uotinen for fifty-two years.

Vic was born in Helsinki, Finland, on October 6, 1938, the son of the late Rev. William Uotinen and the late Vappu Kortelainen. His family immigrated to the United States shortly after his birth and Vic spent his early childhood in Brooklyn, New York, where he became a lifelong Dodgers fan. He returned to Finland for 3 years during elementary school, then came back to the US to Plainfield, Connecticut where he graduated high school before leaving home to study physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Vic met the love of his life Kathryn “Kay” Evans while pursuing graduate studies at the University of Michigan and after their marriage they moved to Richland, Washington where Vic began a long career in the nuclear energy industry. A longtime member of the American Nuclear Society, Vic served on its ethics committee for several years. In the 1970’s he founded the Christian Nuclear Fellowship, with which he remained active for the rest of his life.  During the 1970s-90’s Vic also served as American agent for elite distance runners from Finland and in that capacity became a well-known face at the Boston and New York marathons.  Vic retired from the nuclear industry in the late 1990’s and began his second career in which he served on staff for nearly 15 years as the Director of Missions at Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Along with his wife Kay, he founded the Lynchburg International Friendship Exchange (“LIFE”) Club, a friendship and cultural exchange program connecting local families with international college students studying in the Lynchburg area. Through the LIFE club he became surrogate parent, grandparent and treasured friend to scores of students studying far away from their homelands.

Vic is preceded in death by his parents William and Vappu Uotinen, his beloved wife of 52 years Kathryn Evans Uotinen, his brother Kyosti “Gus” Uotinen and his sister Vuokko “Esther” Harris.

He is survived by his children, daughter Joan Adcock and her husband, David of Lynchburg, and son Karl Uotinen and his wife, Lisa of Fincastle; grandchildren,  Kathryn McKinney, Elizabeth Bayse, Alexandra Adcock, Danny Adcock, Ana Uotinen, Amie Uotinen, and Lauren Uotinen; and his great-grandchildren, Cailey Bayse, James Bayse, Caitlyn Bayse, and Chloe Gunnoe.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2019, at Tharp Funeral Home in Lynchburg. A memorial service will be held at Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2019, with the Rev. Brett Eubank officiating. Following the service the family invites you to join them for a reception in the Cheatham Center. Interment will take place privately.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Missions budget of Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2424 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24503.

Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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Posted by:
Reynold Bourquin

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February 4, 2021

Vic was a wonderful friend during our mutual time in Richland, WA in the 70s. I was thinking of him and looked him up on Google today, only to find he had gone to his eternal reward nearly two years ago. Vic and Kay were dear to everyone who knew them. This world is poorer and Heaven is richer for their transition.

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margaret swisher

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October 5, 2019

Vic and Kay were the epitome of a Christ like couple - they brought so much into the lives of all those who knew them - always enjoyed Vics teaching - he had a special way of explaining the Word - the crowns that they have to lay at the Saviours feet are many and beautiful - my sympathy to their family - their loss is Heavens gain

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Blair P. Bromley

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October 4, 2019

Our sincere condolences to Vic\'s family and friends. I got to know Vic over the last few years through the Christian Nuclear Fellowship (CNF) at the American Nuclear Society Summer and Winter meetings. I was very impressed by Vic\'s warmth, kindness and his strong faith. He was a great role model and an inspiration to those who knew and loved him. I will miss him. Sincerely, Blair Bromley.

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Houston Napier

Posted on:
October 2, 2019

Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for the loss of your Father, Grandfather, Brother Vic! I have known him for the past 14 years as I was a member of the Bible study group of Framatome employees and friends, a fellowship that Vic founded some 41 years ago! I always enjoyed meeting with him and the group of fellow worshipers. I enjoyed and admired his love for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He is a wonderful Christian man and I thank God for getting to know him.

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Roger & Jan Dixon

Posted on:
October 2, 2019

I know I do not have the words to adequately describe our love and respect for Vic and his late wife Kay. We have known each other for many years and Vic's family has been a continued inspiration and support for us in our missionary endeavors. Vic also has been actively involved in missionary work both at home and abroad and as a representative of Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church has visited and encouraged Christians in many areas of the world. Vic and Kay's legacy will endure in all those whom they have inspired. Jan and I mourn Vic's lost to his family and to all of us who loved him. He will live on in our hearts and we look forward to meeting again in the Lord. "Our help is in the name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth." Psalm 124:8 Love and peace to the family, roger & jan

Posted by:
Ed Hopkins

Posted on:
October 2, 2019

My condolences to the family. Vic was a true Christian gentleman and a faithful witness for Christ. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

 

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