OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County


Jacob P. Dobscha Jr.


Jacob Paul “Jack” Dobscha Jr., 78, of Elkton, passed away Monday, April 3, 2017, at the Veterans Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born in Washington, Pa., on May 23, 1938, he was a son of the late Jakob and Gertrude Vezie Dobscha.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army in Korea and Vietnam.

He was an avid fisherman and hunter.

He is survived by two sons, Robert J. Dobscha of Elkton and Richard D. Dobscha of Louisville, Ky.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Entombment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the VA Medical Center.

In the memo line, designate Hospice and Palliative Care Unit and mail to VA Medical Center, Voluntary Service, 510 Butler Ave., Martinsburg, WV 25405.

Condolences may be shared online at www.kygers.com.



Dorothy M. Dodson


Dorothy Marie Dodson, 88, of Harrisonburg and formerly of Bridgewater, passed away Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born May 9, 1928, in Harrisonburg, and was a daughter of the late John Isaac and Martha Mullen.

She was a homemaker.

She enjoyed word find puzzles and watching westerns. She loved spending time with her family and loved animals.

On Oct. 6, 1945, she married Carlos Dodson, who preceded her in death on May 30, 1989.

She is survived by a daughter, Barbara McDaniel of Harrisonburg; five grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was the last surviving of all her siblings.

A funeral service was held Monday, April 10, 2017, at the chapel of McMullen Funeral Home with pastor Wayne Wright officiating.

Burial was at Woodbine Cemetery.

The family received friends on Sunday at the funeral home.

Those wishing may share a memory or an online condolence by visiting www.mcmullenfh.com.

Arrangements entrusted to McMullen Funeral Home.



Layton C. Dovel


Layton Charles Dovel, 82, of Elkton, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at his home.

He was born Dec. 14, 1934, in Humes Run, and was a son of the late Calvin Monroe and Carrie Hanes Dovel.

He enjoyed hunting in his youth, playing rook and was a fan of NASCAR.

He was a forklift driver for Alliance for many years before his retirement.

He attended St. Peter’s United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his sisters, Maxine Day of Elkton and Margaret Sipe of Bridgewater; and numerous nieces and nephews and his caregiver, Saunie Dearing of Elkton.

A funeral service was held Friday, April 7, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Jimmy Kite officiating.

Burial was at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

The family received friends Friday at the funeral home in Elkton.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Elkton Rescue Squad, 20871 Blue and Gold Drive, Elkton VA 22827.

Condolences may be shared online at www.kygers.com.



David F. Lightowler


David Francis Lightowler, 69, of Stanley, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017, in Stanley.

A memorial service was held at American Legion Post 22 on April 6, 2017, and another will be held at Saint Elizabeth of Hungary in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Friday, April 21, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.

Arrangements are by Bradley Funeral Home in Luray.



Vanessa R. Cubbage


Vanessa Renee Cubbage, 26, of Luray, passed away Thursday, April 6, 2017, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

Visitation was held at the Bradley Funeral Home on Monday, April 10, 2017.

A funeral service was held at New Life Gospel on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Burial was at the McCoy Family Cemetery in Stanley.

Arrangements were by Bradley Funeral Home in Luray.



Leroy Strickler


Leroy Strickler, 73, of Elkton, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at his home.

He was born Jan. 25, 1944, in Elkton, and was a son of the late William Davis and Arbutus Marie Hammer Strickler.

He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam.

He retired from Reynolds/Alcoa in Grottoes after many years of service.

He was a member of the Gooden Brothers VFW Post 9292 in Elkton.

On Nov. 13, 1965, he married the former Johanna Smith, who survives.

He is also survived by a son, Leroy “Lee” Strickler Jr. of Elkton; a daughter, Anne Marie Eppard of Elkton; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Freddie Strickler; and three sisters, Tillie Offenbacker of McGaheysville, Judy Coffman of Keezletown and Mary Pauley of Churchville.

A memorial service was held Friday, April 7, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Wayne Wright officiating.

Interment will be at Elk Run Cemetery at a later date.

The family received friends prior to the service and are welcome to call at the home at anytime.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or Shriner’s Hospital For Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

Condolences may be shared online at www.kygers.com.



Aliene A. Whitmore


Aliene Annette Whitmore, 84, of Harrisonburg, passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Bellaire at Stone Port in Harrisonburg.

She was born March 24, 1933, in Rockingham County, and was the daughter of the late U.S. Armentrout and Nettie Dorman Armentrout.

She was a homemaker and had retired from Leggett and Belk, where she had worked for 40 years.

She lived in the Shenandoah Valley all of her life and was a member of Keezletown United Methodist Church and had attended the The Life Church at Brown Memorial in McGaheysville.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Bernard Miller Whitmore., whom she married June 17, 1950.

She is also survived by three daughters, Diane Ritchie of Grottoes, Donna Carrier of Elkton and Joyce Hansbrough of Grottoes; 10 grandchildren; and more than 20 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 14, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg, with Pastor Glenn Steiner officiating.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

Burial will be private at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Society, 420 Neff Avenue #210, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.kygers.com.



Calvin E. Hansbrough Jr.


Calvin Eugene “Gene” Hansbrough Jr., 65, of Shenandoah, passed away Monday, April 3, 2017, at his home.

Born in Harrisonburg, on April 17, 1951, he was a son of the late Calvin Eugene and Betty Ann Foote Hansbrough.

He was a project engineer/QC manager for Jacobs Contracting in North Carolina and was a member of the Shenandoah Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his companion of nearly 20 years, Goldie M. Hensley, and her daughters, Tina Hensley Lam of Port Republic and Daphne Hensley Rhodes of Brentwood, Calif.

A celebration of his life was held Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Kyger Funeral in Elkton.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to a favorite charity.

Condolences may be shared online at www.kygers.com.



James W. Myers Sr.


James “Big Jim” Walter Myers Sr., 90, of McGaheysville, passed peacefully with family by his side on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born May 2, 1926, in Mayland, and was a son of the late Walter Allen Myers and Mollie Elizabeth Zigler.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Betsy Jean Hensley, on July 20, 2014.

He graduated from Bridgewater High School in 1944.

After serving a two-year stint with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II, he entered Bridgewater College.

An outstanding scorer and shot-blocker, he led all collegiate basketball players in Virginia in both scoring and rebounding for the 1946-47 season and made the all-state team.

He also had an outstanding track and field career at Bridgewater and also competed two seasons on the tennis team. With his prowess in the weight events, the 1950 Eagles’ track team captured the Virginia Little Six championship and placed second in the Mason-Dixon Conference meet.

He was inducted into the Bridgewater College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.

After college he worked in the lab at Merck and Co. in Elkton. While working for Merck, he played semi-pro basketball for the corporation along with athletes from larger schools such as Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia and George Washington University.

The Merck team regularly participated in the annual Waynesboro Gold Medal basketball tournament, and he was named to the all-tournament team all five years that he played.

He retired from Dunham-Bush Inc. in 1992, where he worked in production control.

He was a very active and longtime member of the McGaheysville United Methodist Church, in which he was active on various boards and committees.

He was a charter, honorary and life member and past president of the McGaheysville Volunteer Fire Company.

He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by a son, James “Jake” Walter Myers Jr.; a daughter, Jeannie Myers Lam; two grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and seven stepgreat-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Sunday, April 9, 2017, at McGaheysville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jim Wingert officiating.

A graveside service followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

The family receive friends Saturday evening at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the McGaheysville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 128, McGaheysville, VA 22840, or the Ronald McDonald House, 300 Ninth St., SW, Charlottesville, VA 22903.



Barbara J. Elyard


Barbara Joyce “Barb” Elyard, 68, of Rockingham, passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017, at her home.

She was born April 3, 1949, in Rockingham County, and was a daughter of Mamie Joyce Crawford of Harrisonburg and the late Otis Eugene “Skip” Crawford.

She was employed by Marshall’s and the L&S Diner.

She loved flowers, the outside, thrift shopping, her family and being around people.

She is also survived by her husband of 48 years, Richard Leon; her children, Deeanne Elyard Miller of Elkton, Shannon Elyard Airey of Dayton and Holly Elyard Wood of Rockingham; a sister, Kellie Jean Crawford of Rockingham; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Pastors Lee Martin and J. Mark Frederick will conduct a funeral service Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at 2 p.m., at the Mc-Mullen Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will follow at Mount Clinton Cemetery.

The family received friends Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 420 Neff Ave., Suite 210, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.mcmullenfh.com.

The McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



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