A tribute to our honored veterans.
Field Funeral Home would like to dedicate this memorial page to all Preston County Veterans whom have served our country and protected our freedom. We believe this will make a lasting memorial for years to come. We encourage everyone to submit pictures and a short biography of any of our Preston County veterans to us at email@example.com or can be dropped off at our office during normal business hours.
Robert Allen Campbell, SSGT USAF (Ret.), 79 , of Reedsville, passed away Wednesday May 31, 2017 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. He was born in Moorefield, WV on December 6, 1937, a son of the late Meryl Wilber Campbell and Vada Virginia (Miller) Campbell . Robert retired from the United States Air Force which he proudly served for many years. He was a chef by trade and used his talents at many different places. He is survived by three children, Sharon Kay Turner and husband Wayne of Buckhannon, Teresa Campbell-Cozort and husband Michael of Morgantown and Daniel Scott Campbell and companion Karen Miller of Harrisonburg, VA; nine grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren; and faithful caregiver and friend, Georgette Corwin of Reedsville.He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Alice (McNeil) Campbell; one son, Marcus Allen Campbell and one daughter Pamela Sue Campbell.To honor his wishes, Field Funeral Home in Masontown provided cremation services. A graveside service with military honors will be conducted at the WV National Cemetery in Pruntytown on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 11:00 am. The WV Patriot Guard Riders have been requested to provide escort and stand in silent honor and respect for Mr. Campbell.
Frank Sansalone, Jr, (1932-2017) of Masontown. He was born a son of the late Frank Sansalone Sr. and Angeline Mommone Sansalone. In earlier years Frank worked at Sterling Faucet Company and Kohler Company. He was a veteran of the Korean War as a sergeant in the US 96th Army Field Artillery. Frank will always be remembered as a loving husband, brother, and uncle. He was a member of St. Zita Catholic Church and enjoyed the Senior Citizens Center in Masontown. Friends and family meant so much to him. Frank is survived by his wife of 52 years, Rose Ann Sansalone of Masontown; a sister, Helen "Piggy" Bjorkman and spouse SL "Bud" Bjorkman; many nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by his sister, Rose "Bootsie" Kovach and nephew, Aaron Riley. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Zita Catholic Church at 11 am, Monday, May 8, 2017 with Fr. Andrew Switzer as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Masontown Cemetery.
Bishop Kenneth Ellwood Dalton, (1932-2015) of Reedsville passed away Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at his home. He was born in Reedsville on February 27, 1932, a son of the late Willis and the late Pearl (McMillen) Dalton. Kenneth was a man of God and a hard worker. He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather. He had worked at Republic Steel in Ohio for 45 years and was a Pastor at the Apostolic Faith Mission Church in Canton, OH for 49 years. He also served in the US Army during the Korean War.Kenneth is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty Lou Dalton of Reedsville, one daughter, Brenda Saternus and husband Michael of North Canton, OH; one son, Timothy Dalton and wife Patty of Reedsville; one brother, Edward Dalton and wife Joyce of North Canton, OH; three grandchildren, Timothy Kenneth Dalton, Cortney Lea Dalton and Julie Ann Gang and one great granddaughter, Hadley Bree Dalton. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Cecil Dalton and Darris Dalton. He was laid to rest in the Nicholson Chapel Cemetery.
Kenneth Ray Conner (1928-2017) of Bretz. He was born in Valley Point, a son of the late Arnold Floyd Conner and Pearl (Forman) Conner. He worked for Consol at the Osage mine for many years and served his country in the US Army during WWII. He is survived by his children; Brenda, Michael, and LaJoyce; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Joan M. "Gabby" Conner; five sister, Vinda Belle, Thelma, Helen, Violet and Leah and two brothers, Everett and Emory. He was laid to rest in the Sunset Memorial Gardens in Kingwood, WV
Robert K. Smith (1931-2016) of Kingwood, He was born in Clarksburg, WV, he was the son of Russell Smith and Mayme Beatrice (Jackson) Smith Foster. After graduating from Washington Irving High School, Clarksburg, WV, in 1949, he entered the U.S. Marines serving three years including a tour of duty in the Korean War. Upon discharge, he was employed by Douglas Aircraft, in Tulsa, OK, and later at Piper Aircraft in Lock Haven, PA, before working as a heavy equipment mechanic for various interstate highway and surface mining companies. In 1973, he surrendered his heart to the Lord and continued to work full time as a mechanic while attending Tennessee Temple Bible College in Chattanooga, TN, and upon graduation was called to the Kingwood area where he established the Independent Baptist Church of Kingwood which he pastored for 17 years. Bob is survived by his wife, Beverly J. (Grose) Smith, whom he called “The Apple of My Eye.” He is also survived by three children, Valerie (Bryant) Robey of Evans City, PA, Sheryl (Mark) Snider of Kingwood, and Douglas (Cindy) Smith of Rush, KY; seven grandchildren;, 24 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his sister, Nellie B. Jones; his daughter-in-law, Brenda Bowmar Smith and one great-granddaughter. Robert was laid to rest in the West Virginia National Cemetery in Pruntytown, WV.
Delmer Paul Gibson Sr. (1926-2016) of Masontown, Delmer was born in Masontown, WV, a son of the late Paul and Emma (Molisee) Gibson. He retired from Consol Coal Company after many years of service. Delmar proudly served his country in the Marine Corps during WWII and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. Delmer was an Iwo Jima survivor. He attended the Masontown First Baptist Church, and was a member of the Masontown VFW Post 1589, the Morgantown American Legion Post 174, Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps League and the Iwo Jima survivors association. Delmer is survived by his wife, Bernice M. Gibson; his children; Delmer Gibson Jr. of NC, Emma Jean Nixon of Morgantown; Patrick J. Gibson and companion Ruth M. Myers of Masontown, and Kimberly Robinette and spouse of Charleston; step daughter, Karen Soccorsi Centofanti and husband Arthur of Masontown; two sisters, Bonnie Jean Gibson of Cleveland, OH and Connie Marlene Jenkins and husband Joe of Pentress; two brothers, Robert Gibson Sr. of Morgantown and George Gibson Sr. and wife Mary of Windham, OH; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna Marie Kmetz; one daughter, Karen Kay Gibson; one son, Kevin L. Gibson; seven brothers, William Henry Gibson Sr., Earl Ray Gibson, Junior Leroy Gibson, James Melvin Gibson, Virgil Gibson, Theodore "Teddy" Gibson and John Z. Gibson and one sister, Nettie Alice Nuce. He was laid to rest in the Masontown Cemetery.
Raymond John Kott (1930-2016) Raymond John Kott, Sr., of Reedsville. He was born in Detroit, MI on October 15, 1930, a son of the late Joseph and Catherine Kott. Raymond worked as a truck driver for the Chrysler Transport for 36 years. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. Raymond is survived by his wife Martha Kott of Reedsville; a son, Raymond J. Kott and a daughter Regina Kott of MI; one brother, five grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lewanda Bell Kott; two sons, and a sister.
Clyde "Jody" Fazenbaker (1930-2016) of Reedsville. He was born in Arthurdale. Son of the late Emerson and Rosalea (Turner) Fazenbaker. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army having served in the Korean War. He was recipient of the Army Occupation Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Clyde retired from West Virginia University where he worked at the WVU Farm in Reedsville. He is survived by three daughters, Shawn Sines, LaRae Biggins and Heather Sphar of Arthurdale; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Clyde was preceded in death by his wife Josephine Marie Fazenbaker; two brothers and three sisters. Clyde was laid to rest at the Bethlehem Cemetery.
Gerald Louis Newsome, 68, of Reedsville, passed away Friday, February 3, 2017 at his home.He was born in Akron, OH on December 14, 1948, a son of the late William E. Newsome and Lena May (Hall) Newsome Fields.He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He worked several years as a truck driver and retired from US Postal Service. Gerald served his country in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and was a member of the Masontown VFW Post #1589. He enjoyed spending time in the outdoors, especially hunting and camping.Gerald is survived by his wife, Diana Cartwright Newsome; one son, Gerald Newsome and wife Tamara of Kingwood; six grandchildren, Austin, Aleck, Chaun, C.J., Jayden and Trey; one sister, Jacquelyn Shay and husband Jim; one half sister, Sharon McMillen and husband Pat; step father, Harry Fields and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a son Michael Newsome; two brothers, Richard Newsome and Gary Newsome and a half sister, Sheila Haney.
Melvin Mayne (1936-2017) of Arthurdale, WV. He was born in Rowlesburg, WV. He retired from Sterling Faucet and the U.S. Army Reserves. Melvin is survived by his wife Lucy Liston Mayne; three daughters; two sons; one sister and two brothers and many grandchildren and great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Bulford Mayne. Melvin was laid to rest at the Arthurdale Cemetery. Military rites was conducted by the Preston County VFW Honor Guard, WVANG Honor Guard, and the Preston County Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 977.
Kermit Russell "Bounce" Stuchell (1928-2016) of Reedsville, WV. He was born in Kanes Creek, WV the youngest son of Charles Melford and Anna (Moran) Stuchell. He married Betty J. Ault in 1948. He was a loving father to five children, Linda Weber, Danny Stuchell, Terry Casseday, John Stuchell and Lisa Conciatore. He was also a loving grandfather and great grandfather. At the age of 17 he left school to enlist in the army where he was part of the 800 Military Police in Kobe, Japan. Kermit retired from Consolidate Coal Company. He was a member of the Masontown Nazarene Church. He was laid to rest in the Arthurdale Cemetery.
Joseph Junior McDonald Sr. (1933-2016) He was born in Monongalia County, son of the late Harry McDonald and Belle (Hilling) McDonald. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joan Mayfield McDonald. He was a loving father and grandfather. Son Joseph Junior McDonald Jr.; a daughter Charlotte G. Wolfe and six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He served in the Army during the Korean War and worked in the mines for many years.
Bryan Timothy "Tim" Radabaugh (1944-2016) passed away at his home in Reedsville, WV. He was born in Morgantown, WV to Niles Verlyn Radabaugh and Mary Bubenko Radabaugh. Tim was in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1974, a serving a tour in Vietnam. He was employed by Consolidated Coal Company. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Survived by one daughter Sandra Jo Pingley and four grandchildren; six sisters, one brother and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was laid to res in the WV National Cemetery in Pruntytown, WV. Military rites conducted by the Preston County VFW Honor Guard, WVANG Honor Guard and the Preston County Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 977.
Wayne Carr (1944-2016) of Apache Junction, AZ, passed away at his home. He was born in Masontown, PA to Ray Carr and Ethel Richards Carr. Wayne is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Jenny Haymond. Wayne was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served his country in Vietnam. He was laid to rest in Masontown Cemetery in Masontown, WV.
Jacob C. Born (1947-2011) was a lifelong resident of Preston County. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. At the time of his passing he left behind a wife, Helen Born; two daughters Jennifer Born and Denise Howdershelt and two grandchildren, Brody Born and Kirsten Born. In May 2013 Jacob's family grew by one grandson, Tanner Howdershelt.
John August Gerard (1925-2015) he was born in Waterbury, Conn. son of the late Joseph Gerard and Mary Christoph Gerard. He was a prominent 4-H Club of America leader in the 1950s into the 1960s and a decorated veteran of World War II. John served his career with the U.S. government in safety engineering. He is survived by his children and spouses, John and Carol Gerard, Joe and Barbara Gerard, Jim and Susan Gerard, and Doug Stall; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Wilbert Lee Bolyard (1935-2016) he was born in Tunnelton, son of the late Hamiliton Amos and Bessie Virginia Myers Bolyard. After graduating from Tunnelton High School, he attended Fairmont State College and taught school in Preston County for 4 years. He then joined the WV Army National Guard and retired as a Warrant Officer CW 4 in 1995 after more than 40 years of service. While in the National Guard, he worked in Buckhannon at the USPFO and at Camp Dawson. After retiring he enjoyed helping his son at his business, J.B.'s Small Engine Repair. Wilbert was a member of the Christian Fellowship Chapel in Tunnelton. He survived by his wife of 56 years, Naoma Kay (Cale) Bolyard; two sons, Jeffrey Bolyard and girlfriend Tracy Killmeyer of Morgantown and Nathan Bolyard and wife Carolyn of Tunnelton; three grandchildren and seven great grandchildern.
Donald Lee Duley (1943-2016) of Kingwood, WV. Donnie was the son of the late Woodrow Wilson Duley and Lena Ellen (Uphold) Duley. Don served his country with honor as a PFC in the United States Army as a tank driver for two years. He was later employed by Matthews International as a machinist and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Masontown where her served as a High Priest. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Linda Tennant Duley. One daughter; Vicki Lynn Sigley and husband Gary of Reedsville; granddaughter Gracie Lynn Sigley.
Charles Stanley Thorn (1947-2016) He was born in Kingwood, WV to the late Charles Robert and Martha Betty June Huffman Thorn. Charles was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He served his country during the Tet Offensive Vietnam Era in the Army Third Calvary, Fourth Infantry. Charles first job was planting trees to reforest mined property. He then worked for Island Creek Coal Company, NIOSH and was a certified electrician. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Alice (Fisher) Thorn; a daughter, Cher Ann Lindquist and husband Edward; a son, Ryan Charles Thorn; three step daughters, Pam McDonald, Jennifer Voss and husband Bill and Loreen Beabout and husband Brian; grandchildren, Christopher, Michael, Melissa, Joseph, William "Billy", Jessica, Chelsea, Aaron and Lucas; three brothers, David Waitman Thorn and wife Connie Terry Lee Thorn and wife Kimberly and Steven Ray Thorn.
Maj. USAF (Ret.) Clarence Hanchet, (1924-2014) served in the US Army during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Clarence enlisted in the Army in December of 1942 and was discharged as a Tech Sergeant in April in 1945. He reactivated as a Second Lieutenant during the Korean War in December 1952. From September, 1962 through September, 1965 he was based in Bien Hoa, Vietnam. He retired from Andrews AFB as a Major in August 1968. At the time of his passing he left behind seven children and their spouses, Rosemary Shaffer and husband Larry, Marsha Rose and husband Chris, Teresa Hanstings husband James, David Hanchett and wife Linda, Patricia Blake and husband Timothy, Brandon Hanchett and wife Pam and Kristan Oren and husband Efi; 17 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
Thomas Durwood Lefever III (1970-2014) served in the US Marines aboard the USS Missouri during the Gulf War. At the time of his passing he left behind his parents, Thomas D. Lefevers II and Patricia Lefevers,his wife, Sherry Lefevers; two sons, Christopher Lefevers and Marcus Lefevers; a step-daughter Candice Hewitt and a step-son, Richard Trout.
Peter Lambert (1825-1895) served in the Civil War. He was a Co. H-3rd MD. P.H.B. Inft. He lost his wife and multiple children to small pox. He along with Susan Cupp and Nathan and Mary Everly Metheny are buried in an abandoned cemetery in the Rockville area.
W. Wade Lemmons (1920-2005) was a WWII veteran and was stationed in England for 2 1/2 years with the Eighth Army Air Force as a photographer. He was a lifetime member of the Masontown VFW Post #1589. At the time of his passing he left behind a daughter, Sue Ann Walker; a sister, Lois Jean Lennon; a long time companion, Ruby Davis and many nieces and nephews.
Walter Howard "Pete" Menear (1922-2008) was a WWII Veteran having served in the United States Army, fought in the invasion of Normandy and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. At the time of his passing he left behind one son and spouse, Wesley & Barbara Menear; one daughter, Jennifer Pipis; three grandchildren, Lindsy Whittaker, Logan Menear and Colton Menear.
PFC. Everett E. Metheny (1926-1945) enlisted and the Selective Service System Board No. 2 directed him to report for a pre-induction physical examination on July 21, 1944. He was a member of the 7th Army, Co. K 32 Infantry. Only June 19, 1945 at the age of 19, he was killed during a battle at Okinawa. Everett received the Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star Metal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one Bronze Service Star for Participation in the Ryukyus Campaign, World War II Victory Medal, Distinguished Unit Emblem, Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar and a Purple Heart. His family did not receive word of his death until after the war ended. A letter from Lt. Frederick D. Herlily informed them that he was buried in the Seventh Division Cemetery on the west central coast of Okinawa. His body was returned to the United States where a local funeral service was conducted with military honors and burial at the Grafton National Cemetery .
Harold Metheny (1932-2011) served in the US Navy from March 20, 1952 to December 18, 1959 on active and inactive duty. He was awarded the National Defense Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and Navy Occupation Service Medal.
Howard F. Metheny (1929-2001) served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed overseas in Wild-Flicken, Germany for 21 months. He was inactive for an additional 5 years.
Norman P. Metheny (1931-2002) was a US Marine veteran during the Korean Conflict. At the time of his passing he left behind his wife, Mary Walls Metheny; three daughters, Carla Wadsworth, Sandy Malone and Stacy Ring; a brother, Harold Metheny and six grandchildren.
Pvt. Francis J. Nuce of Masontown W.Va. was killed in action in Korea on May 27,1953. He was in the 13th Engineer Combat Battalion. He is the son of the late Pete and Ocie Nuce. Francis had five sisters, the late Anna Bell Davis, Kathleen Casseday, Bessie Mathews and Alice Nuce all of Masontown and Edith Cummings of Bradenton, FL. GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN
Joseph A. "Art" Pell was born Nov. 15, 1917 and passed away Dec. 31, 2011. He was a decorated World War II US Army Air Corp veteran. He served in the China, Burma, India theater and was awarded the Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross and three Oak Leaf Cluster.
Sgt. Charles G. Hebb Jr. (1945-2015) served his country in the US Army from 1964 to 1972 with two tours in Vietnam. He was a life member of the VFW Post# 826, Disabled American Veterans, Arthurdale Community Presbyterian Church, Morgantown Moose Lodge and a USBC Board Member. At the time of his passing he left behind his wife of 41 years, Kathryn "Kathy" Thompson Hebb; three children, Charles "Ted" Hebb III , Nona Montgomery and Kathryn "Kathy Jo" Fitzgerald; 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Charles Fletcher (1922-2015) served his country in the US Army during WWII. He was a faithful member of Masontown Church of the Nazarene for over 40 years. Charles also worked with the Valley District Ambulance Service for 34 years. At the time of his passing Charles left behind his nephew and caregiver, Ted Butcher and wife Terry along with his brothers and sisters, Henry "William" Fletcher, Mildred Westbrook, James Luther Fletcher, Shirley Taylor and David Eugene Fletcher; aunt Allie Johnson Smith and many other nieces and nephews.
Cooper Coolidge Taylor (1921-2015) worked as a mechanic for most of his life and retired from Charter Engineering after many years of service. He served in the US Army during WWII in the Pacific Theater and was awarded the purple heart and the bronze star. At the time of his passing he left behind three daughters; Ida Loy, Mary Kelly and Karen Harding ; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one brother, Claude Taylor, several nieces and nephews and a special friend, Ronnie Dumire.
Dewey Wolfe (1918-2015) was a coalminer for many years and later worked at the West Virginia University. He attended the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Masontown. Dewey served in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant during World War II. At the time of his passing he left behind his wife, Loraine Wolfe; step-daughter, Sandi Gibson and husband Roy of Masontown; step-son, David Wolfe and wife Barbara of St. Clairsville, OH and many nieces and nephews.
Donald Ray McClure (1938-2014) attended the Masontown Methodist Church and was a Master Mason, fifty year member of the Grand Lodge of WV, A.F&A.M. Preston Lodge No. 90, and the A&A Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Valley of Morgantown and Valley of Wheeling 32° degree.He was a 1956 graduate of Masontown High School and joined the army immediately after graduation. He worked as a supervisor at Sterling Faucet and owned and operated McClure Trucking and McClure's Exxon. At the time of his passing he left behind
his loving wife of nearly 55 years, Marilyn Jean Nuce McClure; two daughters and a son, Lydotta McClure Taylor and husband Larry of Morgantown, Don McClure Jr. of Masontown, and Alisa McClure Arnett and husband Roger of Rivesville.
Richard Glass -On December 27, 1941, Richard Glass enlisted for the duration of the war. He served for 20 months during World War II as a pharmacist mate with the 7th Fleet in the South Pacific Theater in 1942 and 1944. He served at the U.S. Naval Mobile Hospital No 9, Anti-Aircraft Center Navy 134, and aboard the U.S.S. General John Pope AP 110. This included duty in Australia, New Guinea, the Admiralty Islands, Biak and Dutch East Indies. He received an honorable discharge at the rank of Pharmacist’s Mate Second Class on November 1, 1945. Richard Glass later served as a Vo-Ag teacher in Masontown from 1958 to 1972 and the PCEC until 1985. He was a member of Masontown Methodist Church for 40 years. He passed away in 2009. He was married to Elizabeth Glass and has two children David and Diane.
Cyrus Haymond Uphold, Sr. (1931-2015) a son of the late Loretta (Nair) and Harvey Uphold.He proudly served his country in the US Air Force during the Korean War.He worked in the coal mines for 30 plus years for Reliable Coal and Preston Energy as a mechanic. He was affiliated with the Kingwood Apostolic Church. He loved the Lord and his church family. He is survived by four daughters, Phyllis Feather and husband David of Bushnell, Fl., Donna Gay Cale and husband Rev. Larry of Logan, Billie Jo Shrout and husband Preston of Reedsville and Helen Stuchell and husband Delbert of Reedsville; two sons, Danny Adams and wife Dixie of Arthurdale and Cyrus Uphold II and wife Loretta of Reedsville; one son in law, Delmar Hagedorn of Masontown; one sister, Kathern Spangler of North Kingsville, OH; one brother, Clarence Uphold of Morgantown; 16 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Bradley Dale Poling (1975-2016) is a son of Daniel Delano Poling and wife Judy of Shenandoah, PA and Beverly Ann (Summers) Miller and husband Leonard of Arthurdale, WV. He served in the US Army as a tanker. He was a big Penn State and WVU fan. Bradley loved spending time with his children who were his pride and joy. He graduated from WVU with a Masters Degree in Social Work. In addition to his parents he left behind his partner, Christina Jenkins of Mount Morris, PA; beloved children, Remington David-Ray Poling and Elyzabella Gracie-Jewell Poling of Mount Morris, PA; three brothers, Brian Daniel Poling and wife Kristy of Kingwood, WV, Shane Robert Poling and wife Amanda of Midwest City, OK and Brooks Donivan Bryan and wife Holleanne of Shenandoah, PA along with many aunts, uncles and other beloved family members.
John W. Ferguson (1928-2016) was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He served in the Army for 4 years. He was a maintenance foreman in the coal mines many years. John was a dedicated member of Stanaford The New Beginning. He loved being outside, hunting, fishing, working on the farm and traveling. John enjoyed church and loved company.He left behind his loving wife, Dorothy Ferguson; one son, John Nichols and wife Betty; one daughter, Kay Robinson and husband James; three grandchildren, Jennifer Nichols Corbin, Josh Nichols and Kristin Robinson Pettus and five great grandchildren.
Franklin Theodore Smith (1950-2015) is a son of Frank and Hazel (Ball) Smith. He attended the Ohio School of Trades for mechanic training and also Diesel Mechanic School during his time in the Airforce in Germany. He served in the United States Air Force for seven and a half years. From June 1951 to December 1953 he served during the Korean Conflict. Franklin worked as a heavy equipment operator for 25 years and as a janitor and security guard at the Monongalia General Hospital for 14 years. Franklin is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Lula Griffith Smith of Reedsville; two daughters, Denise Blake and husband Steve of Reedsville and Julie Stewart and husband Bob of Stephens City,VA; two sons, Tim Smith and wife Mary of Grafton and Ed Smith and wife Karen of Newburg, six grandchildren; two brothers, Delbert of Kingwood and Vincent of Taylor, MI and three sisters, Elizabeth of Houghton Lake, MI, Gladys of Glendale, AZ and Polly of Glendale, AZ.
Earl Joseph "Joe" Snyder (1933-2015) was born in Preston County, WV. Joe proudly served in the United States Air Force for 27 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1985. Following his Air Force service, he was employed by the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension. He was a longtime member of the Elks Lodge, VFW, Masonic Lodge, Alumni of West Virginia University and The Retired Officers Association. Joe will be greatly missed by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy Snyder; their children, Deb Snyder of Carson City, NV, Blair Snyder and wife Allison of Cocoa Beach, Fl, Brian Snyder of Fort Wayne, IN, and Sue Snyder of Dover, DE; his brother Glenn and wife Helen of Morgantown, WV; his grandchildren Mike Snyder and wife Gillian of Fort Wayne, IN, Jessica and fiancé Ben Briles, Andrew and Connor Snyder of Berlin, MD, Hannah and Adam Snyder of Fort Wayne, IN and Billy Cooke of Dover, DE; and his 5 great-grandchildren.
James Martin (1923-2015) was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and great great grandfather. James received the Purple Heart during his service in the US Army during World War II. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #1589. He worked as a coalminer for Reliable Coal and Morgan Mines.James is survived by four daughters, Patty Leggett and husband Jerry of Reedsville, Helen Bolyard of Kingwood, Linda Martin of Reedsville and Frances Martin and companion Roger Cole of Terra Alta; four sons, James "Sonny Martin and wife Wanda of Morgantown, Terry Martin and wife Linda of Masontown, John Martin and wife Ruth Ann of Kingsland, GA and Richard Martin of Reedsville; 14 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren ; one great great grandson and one sister-in-law, Merle Mathew of Warren, OH.
Charles Crouch (1928-2015) was the late Edith and Charles Crouch.He was a veteran of WWII.He is survived by his wife Helen (Smith) Crouch; two sons, Jake Thornton of Bruceton Mills and Paul Cramer of Kingwood and many other loved ones.
John (Jay) Rischak (Koast) (1928-2014) was the son of the late Edward Rischka and Mary Koast Rischka Helbus. Jay married his loving bride of 61 years, Norma Kun Rischak, on November 22, 1952 in Morgantown, WV. They lived in Avenel, New Jersey for 52 years prior to moving to Masontown, WV in 2005. Jay served on the USS Midway from 1948 - 1952 traveling throughout Europe during his Navy career. Jay retired after 40 years from General Motors in Linden, NJ. Jay was a member of the Westside Senior Center in Westover and the St. Zita Catholic Church in Masontown, WV. Jay is survived by his wife, Norma Kun Rischak; daughters, Debra A. Hagen and husband Richard , Valerie J. Lisotto and husband John and Jennifer M. Bookstaver and husband Wayne; sons, John T. Rischak and wife Marilyn and Joseph E. Rischak and wife Patricia; 8 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren and brothers, Gregory Helbus and wife Julie and Victor Helbus and wife Rose.
Walter "Bud" White (1937-2014) was the son of the late James Keener and Jeanette Reed White. He worked at Sterling Faucet for eight years and for Shannopen Coal Mine in Bobtown, PA for 22 years. Bud served in the US Air Force, was in the Korean War and retired from the Army National Guard (Special Forces). He worked as a NASA machinist where he helped build the first satellite. He played the standup bass fiddle, bass guitar and harmonica. He entertained others at the Masontown and Westover Senior Centers with his music and personality. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Virginia Cottrell White; two daughters, Debra White Mayne and husband John of Masontown and Brenda White Street and husband Roger of Masontown; three sons, James White and wife Rita of Chesapeake City, MD, Gerald White and wife Tracey of Masontown and Robert White and wife Bonnie of Masontown; eleven grandchildren; four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents Bud was preceded in death by one son, Gary Randell; two great grandsons, Hunter and Parker Street and one sister, Mary White Craigo.
Michael "Mike" Lincoln Voytek (1943-2014) was a son of the late Inez Lee (Wilson) and Steve Voytek. Mike served his country in the U.S. Army. He worked at Commercial Press in Stephens City, VA for many years. He attended the Faith Christian Fellowship Church.Mike is survived by a daughter, Tina Voytek of Morgantown; a son, Tracy L. Voytek and wife Amy of Reedsville; three grandchildren, Amber Sphar, Michaella Voytek and Madison Voytek; two great grandchildren, Matthew and Cayden Sphar; a sister, Rosemary Bolyard of Tunnelton and three brothers, John Voytek of Tunnelton, Gene Voytek of Dallas, GA and Wayne Voytek and wife Brenda of North Canton, OH. He is preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Joe Voytek.
Jack Richard Newcome (1937-2014) was a son of the late Mary (Emerson) and Wilbur Seymour Newcome. He served three years in the U.S. Army where he was a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles. He also served in Germany as a military policeman. Jack worked at Sterling Faucet. He was then employed by Mon Power for over 35 years and retired as an operating foreman. He is survived by four daughters, Jacqueline Newcome-Kokosko, Janet Beth Holt and husband Joe, Mary Adeline "Molly" Vandergrift and Haley Ann Vandergrift; one son, Shawn David Newcome and wife Kelli; one sister, Glenna Ruth Calvert of Newburg; one brother, Mitchell Allen Newcome and wife Linda; 10 grandchildren; his former wife and close friend Diane Newcome Shelton; three nephews and four nieces.He is preceded in death by his twin sister Janet Rose Newcome and a brother in law Butch Calvert.
Charles William Strahin, Jr., (1929-2014) was a son of the late Margaret (Shaw) and Charles William Strahin, Sr. He worked for and retired from Consol after 40+ years. Charles served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He also attended the Reedsville United Methodist Church. He is survived by a daughter, Gladys Cress; two sons, Charles Strahin II and wife Ellie and Ralph Strahin; Charles' companion, Frances Friend; four grandchildren, Jennifer Schnore, Pamela Cress, Heather Strahin and Sean Strahin; two great grandchildren, Sophia Schnore and Joseph Schnore; two sisters, Mary DeSantis and Anna Strahin; two brothers, Raymond Strahin and wife Beulah and Benjamin Strahin and wife Frances and one sister-in-law, Sherry Strahin. Charles is preceded in death by his wife, Alta Strahin; one brother, Richard Strahin, two sisters, Patty and Virginia Strahin and two half brothers, Cecil and William Strahin.
Arthur Harrison Haney (1927-2014) was a son of the late Marilla Jane (Deavers) and Lloyd Alfred Haney. He was coal miner for most of his life and retired from Consol Coal Company. He was Methodist by faith. Arthur served in the US Navy during WWII as a Fireman 1st class on a submarine and received the WWII Victory Medal.Arthur is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Bessie Haney; four sons, Jeff Haney and wife Alice, Larry Haney and wife Sheila, James Haney and wife Debbie and Dave Haney of Bretz; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one sister, Nancy Palmisano and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one son, Kenny Lee Haney, five brothers, Clyde Haney, Alfred Haney, Ralph Haney, James Wagner and John Wagner and three sisters, Sue Scott, Carol Hamway and Helen Nemecek.
Robert W. "Bob" Lipscomb (1944-2013) was a son of the late Ruby (Evans) and H. Lee Lipscomb. He worked as a coal miner for more than 30 years. He served in the US Marines and was honorably discharged. He is survived by his wife, Vicki (Blaney) Lipscomb; a daughter, Penny Lipscomb; a son, Vance Lipscomb and wife Gail; five grandchildren; four sisters, Margaret "Sis" Ostrow, Betty Dalton and husband Ken, Barbara Mayhew and companion Roy Drone and Charlotte Henning; one brother, Charles Lipscomb and wife Patsy and other who were like brothers to him; Patrick Cale, Ivan Teets, Larry Teets and Everett Teets. He was preceded in death by Prentice and "Toots" Teets (who included him as a son in their family); three brothers, Hugh "Peck" Lipscomb, Roy "June" Lipscomb and James "Buck" Lipscomb and Butch and Marvin Teets whom he considered his brothers.
Mitchel Funk (1950-2013) worked as a coal miner and also drove a truck over the road and locally. He served his country in the U.S. Army as a Cpl. during the Vietnam Era. Mitchel was born in Grafton on December 8, 1950, a son of the late Betty L. (Tripplett) and Richard P. Funk, Sr. He is survived by two sons, Mitch Funk and wife Melody and Ricky Funk and wife Tanya; five grandchildren, Shonna, Shaniah, Kyle, Buggy and Cody; one brother, Richard "Skip" Paul Funk, Jr.; one sister, Diane Wolfe and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister, Dorothy Nine.
John Wesley McKinney (1926-2013) served in the Philippines as a MP for the U.S. Army during WWII. John was a lifetime member of the Masontown VFW Post #1589 and was a member of the United Mine Workers of America . He worked as a coal miner for 38 years starting with the Christopher Coal Company and then the Pursglove #15 until his retirement. He was also a member of the Masontown United Methodist Church. He is survived by two sons, Randy McKinney and Dwaine McKinney and wife Alice Jean; two daughters, Sharon Belmaggio and husband Tom and Sheila DeBastiani and husband Douglas; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; a sister, Betty Jane Ice; several nieces and nephews; two brothers-in-law, Kenneth Conner and wife Joan and Melvin Blosser and a sister-in-law, Mary Conner. John is preceded in death by his loving wife, Thelma Burhl (Conner) McKinney; four sisters, Ethel Sanders, Helen Ice, Mary McKinney and Easter Belle McKinney; seven brothers, Russell, Ernest, Leonard, William, Keith, James and Bobby McKinney; and a special companion, Yvonne Riley.
Harold B. "Mac" Lipscomb (1949-2013) was a son of the late Olive (Bauer) and Delbert Lipscomb. Harold owned and operated Kingwood Glass and Lipscomb Trucking. Harold was a member of the VFW Post #1589 in Masontown. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Harold is survived by his loving wife, Barbara (Tenney) Lipscomb; a son, Ryan Lipscomb; two sisters, Marsha Fisher and husband James and Barbara Lipscomb and several nieces and nephews, Debbie Ganon, Mark Fisher, James Fisher, Bree Glover and Anissa Glover.
Joseph "Jud" Judson Feather (1925-2013) was a son of the late Jacob Frank Feather and Orpha Field Feather. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Jud had various occupations throughout his lifetime including working for the Cascade Power Plant, Preston County Light and Power and he owned and operated Jud's Trucking. After retiring Jud and Iris moved to Florida to pursue their love of golf. Jud was a WWII US Army Veteran who served during the Battle of the Bulge. Jud is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Iris (Goff) Feather; two daughters, Judy Ellen Freme and Nancy Jo Riley and husband Michael; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; one sister, Carrie Kirkendall; one brother-in-law, James Tomczewski and one sister-in-law, Arlene Feather. He was preceded in death by one sister, Wilma Tomczewski; one brother, William Frank Feather and one brother-in-law, Clarence "Kirk" Kirkendall.
William Elza Molisee, Sr. (1939-2013) was a son of the late Mary (Murphy) and Samuel J. Molisee, Sr. He was a loving father, grandfather and brother. He worked as a coal miner for Amanda Mining and Arkwright Mining. William served in the US Army. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. William is survived by four sons; Matthew Molisee, William Molisee, Jr., Mark Molisee, and Don Molisee, a daughter, Tammy Taylor, two brothers; Clarence Molisee and John Molisee, six sisters; Patricia Molisee, Mary Molisee, Clara Bowling, Louise Wilhelm, Louella Pyles and Faye Melchek and several grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Samuel Molisee, Jr., one sister; Dessie Blosser and one daughter, Tina Louise Molisee.
Jason Ray (Butch) Cress Jr. (1950-2016) served in the United States Army as a Sergeant in the Vietnam War with the 25th infantry division as a sniper. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 bronze stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Air Medal, Army Accommodation Cold War Medal, South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Medal, Sharpshooter, and Marksman. He also received a Certificate of Appreciation by General Westmoreland and a Certificate of Appreciation for Active Service by President Nixon. Jason was honorably discharged in 1970. He belonged to the VFW Post 1589 in Masontown. In addition to his wife he is survived by one son, Jason Ray Cress III and wife Carrie Cress of Reedsville; one daughter, April Lynn Cress of Masontown; one step granddaughter, Katelynn Strahin and one step grandson, Garrett Strahin both of Reedsville.
Warren Edward Taylor (1922-2013) was a lifetime member of the Masontown VFW Post #1589 and a pillar at the Valley District Senior Center. Warren served in the US Army in WWII as a medical aidman. He is survived by a son, Edward L. Taylor and wife Nancy of Reedsville, a sister, Ireta C. Skelton of San Angelo, TX, two brothers; Cooper C. Taylor of Masontown and Claude Y. Taylor and wife Ida of Masontown, two grandchildren; Renee Taylor and Chad Taylor, four great grandchildren; Jeron Amoroso, Dillon Taylor, Kendall Taylor and Kayden Taylor . He is also survived by his best friend Bertha Wolfe. Warren was preceded in death by his wife Rosalee (Whitehair) Taylor, two brothers; Marriott Taylor and Herbert Taylor, one sister, Serate Taylor and one great grandson, Austin Taylor.
John Albert Menear (1936-2012) better known as "Big John" for his athletic talents, graduated form Masontown High School in 1954 and served his country in the U.S. Army. After leaving the military he spent most of his career in the restaurant and hotel management business in Florida and West Virginia. He is survived by an uncle, John McKinney of Masontown; an aunt, Betty Jane Ice of Grantown; a sister-in-law, Diana Sypolt and husband Harold of Bretz, WV and several cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Jean (Zinn) Menear; a half brother; step-father, Albert Sanders; three brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law.
Daniel "Chick" Wilson Field (1932-2012) served in the U.S. Army.He is survived by a daughter, Doris Locklear of Baltimore, MD; a son, Kenneth Field of Hedgesville, WV; three sisters; two brothers; 12 grandchildren, 29 great great grandchildren, six great great great grandchildren and several step children and step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Bertha Field; three children, George Field, Verna Spence and James Field; three sisters and seven brothers.
Warren George Kelly (1921-2012) served in the US Army in 1942 as a member of the 102nd Mechanized Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron. During the invasion of France on August 20, 1944 he was wounded and after several months of being hospitalized in England, he was sent back to the States where he was later awarded the Purple Heart. In July of 1945 he was employed to teach Vocational Agriculture in Masontown High School and continued in that position until November of 1957, at which time he was hired to join the Agricultural Education Facility in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Home Economics.He is survived by five children and spouses; Linda and Roger Day of Arthurdale, WV, Peggy Kalaf of Port Charlotte, FL, Larry and Debi Kelly of Reedsville, WV, Marcia and Ron Shannon of Morgantown, WV and John Kelly of Arthurdale, WV; ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Jessie Mae Kelly, one brother Robert Kelly, two sisters; Mary Elizabeth McCrumb and Eveleyn Watson and one son-in-law George Kalaf.
LeRoy Vernon Trickett (1940-2012) served in the U.S. Army as a Sgt. in the Vietnam War, was a member of the American Legion and VFW in Baltimore, MD and worked for the University of Maryland in the maintenance department. He is survived by his wife Victoria (Vickie) Ann Musick Trickett; a son, Michael Joseph Trickett; two adopted daughters, Kathleen Rainey and Doreen Bennett; three grandchildren, Robert Kohlmeier, Lindsey River and Tyler Bennett and his first wife, Ilene Hopper-Winkler. He was preceded in death by his second wife Connie LaMartina Trickett and three brothers; Enlo Stanley Trickett, David Harmen Trickett, and James Arthur Trickett.
Donald Bradley "Beany" Turner (1948-2012) owned and operated Donald B. Turner Trucking Company for over 30 years and served in the U.S. Army in the Korean DMZ. He is survived by his wife of 43 years Roxie Ann Soccorsi Turner; a daughter, Tracey Park and husband Brian of Masontown; a son,Travis Turner and wife Mary Anne of Masontown and four grandchildren; Kylie Park, Hayden Park, Jackson Turner, and Bailey Turner. He was preceded in death by his father in law and mother in law, Harry and Helen Soccorsi; and many aunts and uncles.
William C. Cocky Gamble (1951-2012) served in the US Army during the Vietnam era. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Alice L. Titchnell Gamble; one son, Carl Gamble and companion Christy Myers; two daughters, Jane Sharak and companion Travis Anderson Sr. and Mirandia Cottrell.; four grandchildren; two step grandchildren; two very important children, Courtney Calp "Ants in the pants" and Jaxon Williams; two brothers and five sisters. He was proceeded in death by two sisters, one brother, one nephew, two nieces, one great niece, and a very special brother-in-law, Harley Titchnell.
Donald Eugene Bill McMillen (1931-2011) was a Korean War Veteran with two major Battle Stars, also a past Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley Meleady, one brother Forrest Dale McMillen and one sister Dorothy Louise Shaw. He is survived by two sisters; Darlene Settle and Dolores Dinwiddie of Portsmouth, Virginia, two daughters; Donna DAmico and husband Jim of Morgantown and Deanna Wagner and husband Rick of Reedsville, two grandchildren; Donna Varner and Mickey McCardle, and step granddaughter Amber Wagner, and five great grandchildren.
Asa Richard Wiles Sr.(1918-2011) served in the U.S. Army during WW II. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Lillian Maxine Taylor Wiles; one daughter, Ruth Marzigliano of Disputanta, VA.; three sons and spouses, Gary and Sandra Wiles of Morgantown, Asa Richard Jr. and Donna Wiles of Louisville, OH., Michael Dale and Louella Wiles of Bolivar, OH; 10 grandchildren,19 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. He was preceded in death by six sisters; Goldie Shaffer, Alice Ervin, Cozy Simmons, Freda Shaffer, Gancie Craft, Martha Taylor; infant brother, William Wiles; infant sister, Amanda Wiles; one grandchild; and one great grandchild.
Richard A. Wolfe (1925-2011) served in the U.S. Army in the 729th Police Battalion during WW II. He was active with the West Virginia University and the State Extension Service with dairy farm projects with his brother Willard. He is survived by his wife of 63 years; Dorothy Helen Day Wolfe; one sister, Pearl Guseman of Morgantown; and a brother, Wade Wolfe and his wife Beulah of Masontown; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by five brothers and spouses; four sisters and spouses and an infant sister.
Jackson Noel Radabaugh (1925-2011) served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. He was a life member of American Legion Post 56, Masontown VFW Post 1589, and Kingwood Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 2391. He is survived by a stepdaughter, Connie Sue Moran & husband Mark of Annapolis, MD; a stepson, Ronald "Butch" Richardson & wife Cathy of Brandy Station, VA; a sister, Helen Stemple of Lake Placid, FL; two brothers; three stepgrandchildren and spouses;stepgreat-grandchildren and eight nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marguerite Rodgers Radabaugh, and a sister, Lucy Ann Radabaugh.
Billy Harold Kisner, Sr. (1931-2011) served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Edith Shaw Kisner; five sons and spouses; ; one daughter; five brothers and spouses, two sisters; 13 Grandchildren; 16 Great grandchildren and his two dogs Molly and Max. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Prentiss Kisner and Donald Kisner; and four sisters Wilma, Maxine, Mary, and Dorothy.
Robert Plum (1933-2010) served in the United States Air Force and was employed by Preston Electric and WVU Physical Plant when he retired. He is survived by his wife Teresa Plum; his son Michael Plum and wife Connie of Richmond, VA; his brother Kenneth Plum and wife Diane of Monroe, LA; his sister Iretta Richardson of Dallas, TX; 3 step-children Christine Ice, Col. Arthur Price, and Joe Price; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, James Plum and Harry Plum.
Victor C. Friend (1929-2010) was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 1589 in Masontown, WV and was a former member of the Masontown VFD.He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jean DiPalo Friend; five sons, Victor III and spouse Becky of Birds Creek, Mark and spouse Tracy of Colorado Springs, Louis and spouse Sherry of Thornton, David and spouse Kimberly of Clearview Pond, and John and spouse Patty of Reedville; 12 grandchildren, Victor IV, Tyler, Marcus, Casey, Jordan, Benjamin, Brandon, Abby, D.R. Caitlin, Colton, and Makenzie; two great grandchildren, Brandon W. and Isabella; three sisters, Doris Gatian of Paden City, Janet Parson of Pawleys Island, and Alice Sypolt of Glenville; and three special girls in his life, Meredith Blosser, Amanda Cale and Sarah Stewart. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Friend, and a sister, Anna Friend Kennedy.
Giovanni Johnny Polce (1930-2010) served in the US Army during the Korean War as an MP. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Wright Polce; two daughters Terri Polce-Twigg and spouse Robb of Kingwood, and Maria and spouse Mike Soccorsi of Masontown; a son, Mark and spouse Geraldine Polce of Reedsville; four grandchildren, Jessica Polce, Sage Soccorsi, Brooklyn Twigg, and Presslie Twigg; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Anna Polce, Mamie Sisler, and infant Giovannina Polce; eight brothers, Sandy Lawrence Sr, Fheo Polce, Americo Polce, Vespucci Polce, Pietro Polce, Salvadore Polce, Marshall Lawrence, and Guido Lawrence.
Wayne E. Roth (1918-2010) was a WW II combat veteran having served in the U.S. Army with the Company C 645th Tank Destroyer Battalion. He was the oldest living WW II combat veteran in Preston County. He is survived by two daughters and spouses; Frances Roth DeLawder and husband Eugene of Martinsburg, and Janice Roth Snider and husband Robert of Kingwood; one granddaughter, Kaylan DeLawder of Tampa, FL; one sister, Glenna Roth King and husband William C. II of North Versailles, PA; one sister in law, Jessie Roth of Masontown; two nieces and spouses and their families; five nephews and spouses and their families and his caretakers and friends, Virginia and Rev. A.C. Mann, and the Mann family of Masontown.
Robert William Ghuste (1937-2010) was an army veteran tank commander of the Korean War and was proud everyday to have served his country. He loved riding his Harley Davidson and enjoyed supporting charitable events through motorcycle rides. He is survived by a loving wife, Norma Lee Ghuste; three step-sons and spouses, Timothy Ellifritz, Terry and Tammy Ellifritz, and David and Martha Ellifritz; six grandchildren and spouses and two great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his mother, Wanita C. Eddy and a sister-in-law, Nancy Rawson.
William Joseph Weister (1943-2010) of Greenwood, WV, died Thursday, January 28th, 2010 at his residence. He was born in Masontown, WV on November 13, 1943, the son of the late James A. and Dorothy J. Mancuso Weister. Bill lived in New Zealand for many years and served in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by one brother, James Weister Jr. of Reedsville; a daughter, Samantha Weister and a grandson Barrie Weister both of New Zealand.
Edward Paul Galusky (1921-2010) served his county in the US Marines. He is survived by one daughter Patty Pervola and husband Joe of Dellslow; one son Ed Galusky of Dellslow; one brother, Walter Galusky of Virginia; three grandchildren; Theresa Bierer and husband Brian, Christel Pervola, and Joseph Pervola and wife Trista. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years Bernice Mary Galusky in 2008, two sisters, Josephine Slavick and Louise McCrobie, two brothers, Louis Galusky and Joe Galusky.
James Edward Patton (1948-2010) served in the US Army Infantry during the Vietnam War. He is survived by his wife,Kathryn Stull Patton; three daughters, Desirae Patton, Andrea (and her children, Brionna and Emilin) and Stephanie Patton; 5 sons; Casey Patton, Jesse Patton, Scotty Patton and companion Michelle,(and his son Zachary) James Patton II and companion Chrissy,(and his children,Cheynne and Damien) and Matthew Patton; and one sister, Sandy Holland
James Eldon Buck Knotts (1931-2010) served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict where he was stationed in Germany. He was a lifelong member of the Rowlesburg VFW Post #3008. He also volunteered at the Valley District Ambulance Service as a driver and maintenance man for many years. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Virginia Tharrell Knotts; three sons, Thomas C. Poncho Sigley, Eldon Buck Knotts and wife Charlotte and Paul F. Knotts; three daughters, Marlene Bean Bag Nutter and husband Sammy, Charlene Crowder and Virginia L. Flip Moore; 18 grandchildren and 41 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one infant son, James Eldon Knotts Jr. five brothers; one sister; three infant siblings and one granddaughter.
Manny Jinkens Humphrey (1922-2009) was a WWII Veteran and a retired J&L Steel worker. Manny loved the outdoors, fishing, playing cards, and auctions. He is survived by one son, Cecil Humphrey and wife Roslie; one daughter, Nancy Hicks and husband Douglas; one sister, Alma (Leacie) Bohon; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Genevieve Radabaugh Humphrey, two brothers, Clinton & Lincoln, two sisters, Bernice & Evalee, and a grandson Cecil Junior.
Donald Page Hoppie Edwards (1930-2009) was retired from the Naval Electronic Systems Engineering Center in Portsmouth, VA. Don served in the US Marines in Korea. He was a life member of the VFW Post #1589 in Masontown, WV, a member of the Preston County VFW Honor Guard, the American Legion, Valley Sportsman Association Hunting Club, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles # 2391 in Kingwood, WV. He is survived by his three sons, Donald P. and wife Jeanie Edwards II; Joseph M. Edwards and companion Donna and Kenneth A. and Diane Edwards; one grandson, Jason A. Edwards and one brother-in-law, Paul Richardson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Helen Edwards.
Ray June Chipps, Jr (1925-2009) was retired, having worked at Sterling Faucet. He served in the US Army during WWII. Ray had two brothers, Charles & Richard Chipps; and two sisters, Lucille Mayfield & Ruth Barlow.
Howard Thurston Weter (1927-2009) was a Veteran of the US Navy, having served in WWII. He is survived by his wife, Grace B. Phillips Weter; three daughters, Linda Sue Ernest, Pam Morgan and Sandra Calvert; one son, Roger Weter; one sister, Patrica Kerns; eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren; a special niece & nephew, Loretta Watson and Chuck Phillips Jr.; and his best friend, Joe Elliot. He was preceded in death by two sons, Gregory Sypolt and Clifford Sypolt.
Perry Mathew (1919-2009) served in the US Navy as a Seaman 1st class in WWII. He is survived by two daughters, Maxine Hovatter and Martha Van Wagener; a son, William Bill Mathew; a brother, Charles Bud Mathew, and spouse Merle; a half sister, Betty Shaffer; a half brother, Ray Mathew and spouse Kathy; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and a dear companion, Grace Lambert. He was preceded in death by three wives, Madeline Mathew, Mildred Mathew, and Marie Mathew, a sister Gladys Stone, a sister Iva Martin, and a half brother, Chester Shaffer.
Lester Fay Blaney (1929-2009) served in the Marines during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Edna Beryl Blaney, three sons, Garry Fay Blaney, Rickey Lee Blaney and Ronald Allen Blaney; one daughter, Connie Sue Blaney; 15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son Donald Ray Taylor, two brothers, Wilbert Clyde and Milred Earl Blaney, three sisters Wilda Mildred Wolfe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Alda Marie Strahin; and 3 infant siblings.
Fred Elwood Varner (1925-2008) served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Cribbs Varner of Kingwood, three sons, Fred V. Varner and spouse Mary Ann, Gary L. Varner and Robert E. Varner of Masontown; one step-daughter, Linda D. Haught; two step-sons, William Bash and Myron Bash; two sisters, Kathlene Kelly and Mildred Keller; three brothers, William Varner, John Varner and Glen Varner; two grandsons and spouses, Aaron and Yvonne Varner and Matthew and Danielle Varner; step-grandchildren, Brian and Michelle Bash; great-granddaughters, Deserai Louk, Hadley Varner, Lexie Varner, Morgan Varner, and great-grandson, Mason Varner. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Anges Wanetta Crider Varner, one son, Fred Junior Varner, five brothers; one sister and infant siblings, Bobbie Jo Varner, Edith and Ethel Varner.
Ralph Allen Menear (1940-2008) retired after 21 years of service from the General Motors Plant in Lordstown, Ohio and was also a veteran of the United States Army. He is survived by one brother, Arthur Menear; two sisters, Betty Metheny and Susan McMillen and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Boring and one brother, Alfred Menear.
Willard Elvon Butch Teets (1943-2008) was a US Army Veteran having served in the Vietnam War and was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #1589 in Masontown. He is survived by his ex-wife, Delores Teets; one daughter, Theresa Messenger; two grandchildren, Rachelle and Shanelle Messenger; three brothers and spouses; six nieces; five nephews and several great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother, Marvin P. Teets
Ralph J. Dudley (1952-2008) served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He attended Mt. Vernon Academy and Cuyahoga Community College. He was self employed in the Heating and Cooling business. In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sons, Ralph W. Dudley and Anthony J. Dudley and one sister, Diane Mayer.
Olin Karl Stemple (1922-2008) was a veteran of the United States Army and Protestant by faith. He is survived by one brother, Melvin Jake Stemple and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth Morgan Stemple on November 27, 2005. He also was preceded in death by five brothers, Joseph, Thurston, Ishmael, Vincent and Clifford Stemple and five sisters, Eula Knotts, Mildred Stemple, his twin sister, Nola Comas, Bertie Smith and Iva Stemple.
Edward Lewis Blosser, Jr. (1949-2008) served two terms in the Vietnam War with the United States Army and later served in the Army National Guard. After the military he did correctional and security work. He is survived by four daughters and spouses, Kellie Taylor, Crystal and Steve Vanslaven, Lanetta and Jay Johnson and Kim Blosser; one son and spouse, Arthur and Mary Blosser; one sister Barbara Jean Blosser; two brothers; Lawerence and Janet Blosser and Jack and Diane Blosser; 12 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.
Larry Joseph Barlow (1954-2008) served in the United States Army. He is survived by two daughters, April Barlow and Tia Metz-Barlow; three sons, Keith Ray, Kenny Barlow, and Larry Joseph Barlow, Jr.; five sisters, Mary DeBerry, Doris Voytek, Dorothy Williams, Lucy Williams and Peggy Voytek Zeigler; two brothers, Charles Barlow and Rex Barlow; nine grandchildren, Felicia, Tiffany, Marc, Dakota, Kristin, Brenden, Cheyanne, Chelsey, Tyler and many close friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Annabelle Barlow and one brother, James Barlow.
Arlin L. Blosser (1924-2007) served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. He was a lifetime member of the Masontown VFW Post # 1589. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy Eveleyn Scheuvront Blosser to whom he married July 13, 1946; one daughter and spouse, Susan Martin and husband Gary; one son, Richard Blosser and wife Debbie; two sisters, Ruth Burns and husband Robert and Evelyn White; 10 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Betty Jean Simms; three sons, Arlin Blooser Jr., Steve Blosser, and Robert John Blosser; one sister and eight brothers.
Marvin Dale Cale (1944-2007) was a Vietnam Veteran serving in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1969; a member of the V.F.W. Post #1589 for 39 years; Military Order of Purple Heart, 25th Infantry Division, Disabled Veterans of American, Vietnam Veterans of America and ¾ Cavalry Division. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sharon Boyce Cale; two daughters, Marlana Frances Cale and Theresa and husband Rocky Andre; one brother and spouse, Allen and Marilyn Cale; two grandchildren, Shayla Brooke Cale and Deserai Louk; three boys he called sons, David Shaffer, Jerry Johnson and Edward Cale and his best friend Kevin Lyons. He was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Fay Cale in 1984 and a grandson, Mason Andre.
Richard Allen Tolka (1951-2007) honorably served in the US Marine Corps from 1969-1973. He was employed as a mechanic for Consol Energy at Blacksville No. 2 for 35 years. During that time he proudly served on the Mine Rescue Team for 10 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years Clara Cookie Tolka; son, Joseph, Mary and Evan Cole; son, Michael, Traci, Derrick and Lindsey Cole; son, Bryan Tolka and Elizabeth Harless; sister, Doris Stone; brother, John and Rose Stone; brother, Boyd Stone; sister, Sophie Ponek. He preceded in death by nephew, Matthew Stone; brother, Dana Stone and sister, Stella Smalasky.
Edward Junior Hugney (1925-2007) served in the U.S. Navy during WW II, worked as a deck hand for J&L, and as a truck driver for Raymonds Lumber. He was preceded in death by his wife Lydia Catherine (Lemmon) Hugney. He is survived by one son, Rene and wife Kim Hugney; two sisters, Marie Roberts and Betty; and one brother; Leroy Hugney and companion, Delores Beattie. He was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Hugney.
Jack Mason DeWitt, Sr.(1926-2007) was a retired sergeant from the US Army. He served in WWII, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. He is survived by his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.
Charles Arthur Beltz (1932-2006) served with the U.S. Air Force from 1948-1973 retiring at the rank of T/Sgt. While he was stationed in Lincoln, NE, 1955-1966, he started up his own business with Phillips 66 gas station and car clean up which helped to employ several of the other airmen, but he still found the time to lead up his sons cub scout troop teaching boys to grow up to be good Christian young men and future leaders in their community. After serving with the Air Force he continued to serve as police in Reedsville and Newburg during which time he attended the police academy in Charleston. He served 16 years as chief of security at Camp Dawson. Most recently Sgt. Beltz served as a Chaplin for the Preston County VFW Honor Gaurd. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Lou Myers Beltz; one son, Steven Charles Beltz; one daughter, Lou Ann Beltz Parks; two sisters, Lillian Beltz Early and Carol Sue Beltz Cross; two brothers, Texal Beltz, and Donald Beltz; and two granddaughters, Amanda Parks and Ricardo (Ricci) Parks.
Ronald D. Bennett (1952-2006) was a Vietnam veteran, having served in the US Marines. He is survived by his wife, Terri Plum Bennett, his children; Shayna, Brady, and Brandon Bennett, Sharra Plum and Matthew, Jason, and Christy Bennett; two grandchildren, J.J. and Kayla; brother, Chester Bennett; step-father, Clyde Paul Wood; and mother in-law, Freda Plum. He was employed as a truck driver for Knight Transportation and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is preceded in death by his father in-law, Willard Plum and brother in-law, Scot Plum
Harold "Pee Wee Pooch" Watkins, Sr.(1926-2006) served in the US Army and was a veteran of World War II. He was a coal miner and worked in several of the local mines. He is survived by three sons and spouses, Harold Watkins Jr, Rodger and Phyllis Woody Watkins, and Timothy Watkins; three daughters and spouses, Kathy and Larry Blaney, Willa and Arlie Sigley and Chris and Lonnie Carr; three sisters, Clara Haskiel, Floretta Holmes and Helen Haskiel; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife Helen M. Watkins on June 11, 2002; an infant brother; four sisters, Ruth Fulk, Mabel Plum, Mary Pauline Jeffrey and Genevieve Evans.
James E. Mancuso (1928-2006) was a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served in the Korean War with the 25th Infantry Division. He was honored with the a purple heart, 5 bronze stars, one silver star, Expert Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal, and the medal of Honor. He was a member of the American Legion and was very active in Veteran affairs. He was employed by West Virginia University and the Huffy bicycle manufacturing company in California. He is survived by two sons and spouses; Tony James and Maria Mancuso and John Robert and Denise Mancuso; one daughter, Rhoda Grace Mancusco; one step-son, Richard L. Hormann; one brother, Robert Mancuso; four sisters, Nancy Adams, Macy Varner, Harriet Osbourne and Rose Turner; eight grandchildren and his first wife, Rhoda Keifer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ingrid Emily Stark Mancuso on November 29, 2002; a brother and a sister.
Junior Okey Thomas (1932-2006) served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He retired from Sterling Faucet after 43 years of service and enjoyed working on cars. He is survived by two sons and spouses, Skip and Nancy Thomas and Duane and Amy Thomas; three daughters and spouses, Kathy and Tim Sanders, Dottie and Joe Taylor and Junette and Tim DeWitt; two brothers, Bruce and Edna Thomas and Robert Thomas; two sisters, Madeline Ennis and Pauline Shaffer; a sister in law, Vivian Thomas; 19 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Billie; four brothers, Harry Thomas, Alvie Thomas, Willard Thomas, and an infant brother Georgie Thomas; and an infant sister, Virginia Thomas.
Ronald Lee Blosser (1942-2006) was a veteran of the United States Navy and a member of the Masontown VFW Post # 1589. He is survived by two brothers and spouses, Arlin and Evelyn Blosser and Albert and Barbara Blosser; three sisters and spouses, Viola Cartwright, Ruth and Robert Burns and Evelyn White of Morgantown; three sisters in law, Wanda Blosser, Libby Blosser, and Doris Blosser; several nieces and nephews, and several grand nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by six brothers; Donald Blosser, Jerry Blosser, James Blosser, Robert Blosser, Richard Blosseer, and Edward Blosser.
Richard Sonny Hall (1929-2006) served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He retired from the West Virginia University where he worked at the Physical Plant and Knapp Hall. He is survived by a step-daughter, Margaret Emerson; three sisters, Joann Boring and husband Junior, Marlene Rohr, and Betty Reed; four grandchildren, Scott Emerson, Robby Emerson, Teresia Emerson, and Heather Emerson. He was preceded in death by his wife Josephine Labroni Emerson Hall on July 17, 1992; a daughter, Monica Hall; a step-son, Larry Emerson; and a brother, James (Abe) Hall.
Ralph L. Dudley (1922-2007) was a veteran of the US Army during WWII and was a recipient of the purple heart. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Kingwood, Valley District Senior Center, and the American Legion Post # 56. He is survived by his wife Betty McMillen Dudley; one son, Ralph J. Dudley; one daughter and spouse, Diane and Jeffery Mayer; four grandchildren, Ralph W. Dudley, Anthony Dudley, Nathan Mayer and Hannah Mayer. Ralph was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having been preceded in death by three brothers, Clyde Dudley, Howard Dudley, and Lonnie Glenn Dudley; and one sister, Mavilla Noud.
Terrance Raymond Burns Jr.(1925-2007) served in the U.S. Navy for 16 years and was a veteran of WWII. He was a member of the VFW Post 1589 in Masontown and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles 1857 in Kingwood. He is survived by one sister and husband; Florence and Michael Stassinis; seven nieces and nephews and friends, Stacey and Paul Koontz and Tom and Vanette Broadstock. He was preceded in death by his long time companion Kate Nestor, and a sister and brother in law, Dorothy B. and Harvey A. Lott.
Theodore Harley Holmes (1944-2013) served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam conflict. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Maryellyn (Martin) Holmes; two daughters, Michelle Lea Holmes and Meredith Lynn Holmes; a brother, James Holmes; an aunt, Iris Feather; two nieces, Roxanne Beatty and Rosalynn Benson and two nephews, Timothy Holmes and Jeffery Holmes.
Ronald "Pete" Belldina(1925 - 2013) a son of the late Pete and Ester Pisegna Belldina. Owned and operated The Corner Lunch in Masontown for many years with his wife Dora. He was a charter member of the Valley Sportsman Association, a past member of the Masontown Volunteer Fire Department, a member of St. Zita Catholic Church, and a Life member of Masontown VFW Post #1589. Pete served in the Navy during WWII. He is survived by a daughter, Tammy Belldina, son, Eric Belldina and his wife, Sherry Belldina; two grandchildren, Brock Belldina and Anne Marie Belldina; sister, Clara Belldina Emerich, several nieces, nephews, the "Tirelady" and many other friends. Pete will be loved and missed by his family, friends and the community.
Jennings Franklin "Frank" Stevenson (1946 - 2004) proudly served in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged April 1968. Frank is survived by his wife, Linda K. Wolfe Stevenson; one son, Darrell F. Stevenson Sr and wife Gloria; three daughters, Sonynita D. Fitchett and husband Jim. Leyanita A. Stevenson and Vanitalyn L Harrison and husband William; three brothers and one sister. He was preceded in death by an infant son; two infant grandsons and two grandsons, Darrell F. Stevenson Jr. and Justin M. Stevenson.
Ralph Eugene Chidester (1922- 2005) served in the U.S. 6th Marines Division as an Engineer in WWII during the invasion of Okinawa. Serving in China after the was he was honorably discharged as a Corporal in 1946. At the time of his passing he was survived by his wife, Carolyn Wolfe Hovatter Chidester; son, US Army Major Gary Eugene Chidester and wife Sandra; daughter Sharon Sisler and husband Tim; step-daughter, Susan Larew and husband Keith; three step-sons, Richard Hovatter, Rodney Hovatter and wife Brenda and Randy Hovatter and four grandchildren.
Russell E. Turner (1918-1998) was a lifelong resident of Masontown. He served in the US Army in Central Europe and France. His unit CO. B, 42nd Armd Inf BN, 2nd Armd Division Help the Liberation of the Dachau Concentration Camp. At the time of his passing he left behind a wife, Opal Fay (Malone) Turner; three sons, William L. "Bill" Turner, David E.Turner and John C. "Jack" Turner. He received the Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Occupation Medal with (Germany) Clasp, American Theater Campaign Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with (2) Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Presidential Unit Citation and French Croix DR Guerre.