- December 4, 1950 - December 14, 2012
- Chevy Chase, Maryland
of Oommen's Passing
ALS Association (DC/MD/VA Chapter)
7507 Standish Place
Rockville, MD 20855
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Thank you for your love and support during this difficult time. Oommen "Roy" has touched so many people's lives. Please enhance this tribute to him by adding your own memories and photos. We would love to hear your memories. God Bless.
Arrangements made by
Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home
Memories & CandlesPrevious
“Thinking of you daily.
1 of 7 | Posted by: George - Scaggsville, MD - Nephew
“Happy New Years' Daddy. As I start 2013 without you, my heart is breaking that you are not physically here with me for another year that God has...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Mariam - Chevy Chase, MD
“Thornton Wilder once said that the greatest tribute to those who have passed away is not grief, but gratitude. I will forever be grateful for...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Priya Kuppusamy
“I love you Dad. I miss you so much already. I think of you all the time. I know you are in a better place and not suffering anymore. That knowledge...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Jimmy V. - Chevy Chase, MD - Son
“Our deepest condolences to Veppumthara family for their lose. We are keeping the entire family in our prayers and thoughts. May the almighty God give...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: varghese oommen and family - TX
“We wanted to give our deepest sympathy to Ammachi, Mariamchechi, and Jimmychachan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Derrick and Seethal Abraham - TX
“I love you Daddy. Although I miss you very much, I know you are in a better place and pain-free.
7 of 7 | Posted by: Mariam - Chevy Chase, MD
Oommen Veppumthara (Roy) was born on December 4, 1950 to V.K. George and Mary Veppumthara in Venmony, Kerala, India. The second oldest of six children, Oommen was raised by his uncle, V.K. Abraham, after his father passed away unexpectedly. Soon thereafter, he took on a fatherly role for his siblings. Oommen attended Ashram High School and earned a B.A. degree in Literature at Christian College, Chengannur, India. He was an excellent student, outstanding athlete (basketball, tennis, shot put, discus and javelin) and served as the University Union President. He was very active in school and well-known in the community. Oommen married his wife of 37 years, Kunjoonjamma, on July 28, 1975. They moved to the United States later that year and raised two children, Abraham and Mariam.
Oommen loved to travel and embraced nature through his passion for gardening. He was an avid reader and enjoyed watching various sporting events. Oommen lived a fulfilling life led by faith, family, and friendship. His generosity and humility touched the lives of everyone around him.
Oommen was formally diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease in 2011. His hard-fought battle came to an end on December 14, 2012 with all of his loved ones by his side. "Team Vepp" was formulated in Oommen's honor and participated in the 2012 Walk to Defeat ALS. The money raised will help support people in our community with ALS and spread awareness of the urgency to find treatment and a cure. Although Oommen's journey here on earth has ended, Team Vepp will continue to fight ALS in his remembrance.