OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County


Donna K. Swimley


Donna Kathryn Swimley, 61, of Elkton, passed away, Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at home surrounded by her family after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

She was born Oct. 12, 1955, in Arlington Hospital, and was a daughter of John and Mary Bell of Harrisonburg.

On June 30, 1984, she married Gerald (Jerry) S. Swimley, who survives.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is survived by her son, Noah S. Swimley.

She graduated from W.T. Woodson High School in 1973 and from James Madison University in 1979 with a business degree.

She worked at Sentara RMH Medical Center as a secretary for the director of heart and vascular services for 25 years. She had great computer skills and great patience with co-workers and family.

She was a very active member of McGaheysville United Methodist Church for more than 20 years and was involved in making crafts and working with the church bazaar.

She loved going to Bowman’s and Green Valley Auctions and having yard sales. Her favorite color was blue and she loved listening to her favorite musician, Eric Clapton, and was a very talented photographer.

A funeral service was held Saturday, April 15, 2017, at McGaheysville United Methodist Church with Pastor Jim Wingert officiating.

Burial followed at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

The family received friends Friday at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the McGaheysville United Methodist Church, 10106 McGaheysville Rd. McGaheysville, VA 22841.

Condolences can be shared by visiting www.kygers.com.



Dorman S. Mitchell


Dorman Sylvester “Mitch” Mitchell, 87, of Harrisonburg, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at his home.

He was born Aug. 26, 1929, in Kline, W.Va., and was a son of the late Russell Phillip and Myrtle Mae Kile Mitchell.

After retiring in 1992, he traveled the country with his wife and visited 48 states. He enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing.

On June 3, 1972, he married the former Shirley Simmons, who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Barbara Edwards of Harrisonburg, Brenda Mitchell Wilkins of Harrisonburg, Sue Propst Clark of Oklahoma and Gary Mitchell of McGaheysville; a stepdaughter, Betty Fauls of Harrisonburg; one sister, Ruby Stallings of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Pastor Bill Gearheart conducted a funeral service Saturday, April 15, 2017, at the McMullen Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial followed at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens.

The family received friends Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad Inc., Attention: Donations, P.O. Box 1477, Harrisonburg, VA 22803, or to a charity of your choice.

Condolences to www.mcmullefh.com.



Edgar A. Hall & Patricia N. Hall


Edgar “Allen” Hall, 81, and his wife, Patricia Ann “Pat” Nicely Hall, 78, both of Columbus, Ohio, died Friday, April 7, 2017, unexpectedly at their home from natural causes.

Allen was a retired optician after 40 years and Pat was a devoted homemaker.

They were married July 15, 1961, in Roanoke.

Allen was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves.

They enjoyed going to horse and dog races and will be remembered as a loving couple who led a simplistic life together.

Allen was born July 31, 1935, in Phoenix, Ariz.and Pat was born April 28, 1938 in Covington.

Allen was preceded in death by two brothers, George and John Hall.

They are survived by a daughter, Terri (Jim) Daman of Marysville and a son, David (Colleen) Hall of Dublin; five grandsons, Troy Daman, Nick Daman, Josh Daman, Evan Hall and Shane Hall.

Pat is also survived by a brother, Thomas (Phyllis) Nicely and a sister, Doris “Pinky” (Jett) Bricker. They are both survived by many nieces and nephews.

The family will hold a memorial service at a later date in Harrisonburg.

Underwood Funeral Home in Marysville, Ohio is assisting the family.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com. The family received friends 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. — Paid obituary



Allen L. Humbert Jr.


Allen L. Humbert Jr., 89, of Elkton, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at Willow Estates in Penn Laird.

He was born June 27, 1927, in Stenega, Va., and was a son of the late Allen and Lina Maggord Humbert.

On May 23, 1945, he married Mildred Crawford Humbert, who preceded him in death on April 30, 2007.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers and six sisters.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a military policeman in Manheim, Germany.

He was a lifetime member of the Elkton Volunteer Fire Company and enjoyed gardening, fishing, attending yard sales and going to Charles Town.

He retired as a foreman, on July 1, 1992, from Dunham-Bush, where he worked for more than 20 years.

He is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Joyce Lawson of Elkton and Peggy Lee Breeden of Michigan; grandchildren, Arron Lawson and companion, Tina, Sherry Morris and husband, James, Clifford Lawson and wife, Sheila, all of Elkton, Tommy Morris and wife, Pam, Wendy Morris and companion, Keith Bowman of Harrisonburg, Amber Appledorn and husband, Ed and Dena Daughtery and husband, Zach all of Ludington, Mich.; great-grandchildren, Peyton, Joseph and Joshua Lawson, Clifford Lawson Jr., Sierra Marston, Bambi Malone, Chassy and Kimber Lawson, Remington and Lyric Daughtery; five great-great grandchildren (and one expected); and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held Friday, April 14, 2017 at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Harrisonburg with Dr. Todd Collier officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Elkton Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 91, Elkton VA 22827.

The family would like to extend their thanks to the staff of Sentara RMH Hospice and Willow Estates for the love and care they showed Allen.

Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com. — Paid obituary



Shirley J. Ritchie


Shirley Jean Ritchie, 71, of Grottoes, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

She was born in Rockingham County, on Sept. 25, 1945, and was a daughter of the late Edith Elizabeth (Shifflett) and Wilson Luther McDonaldson.

She was the widow of Ralph Ritchie.

She is survived by two sisters, Sharon Shifflett and Burnette Mowbray of Bridgewater; and a special aunt, Tilda Morris, of Harrisonburg.

A funeral service was conducted Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes with the Rev. Andrew Spencer officiating.

Burial followed at Elk Run Cemetery in Elkton.

Family received friends prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grottoes Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1187, Grottoes, VA 24441.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.



Lillian L. Mace


Lillian Lee (Randall) Mace, 91, of Grottoes, passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017, at her home with her children by her side.

She was born, in Grottoes, on Jan. 29, 1926, and was a daughter of the late Mike Amos and Georgia Mae (Frazier) Randall.

She was united in marriage to Herman Leon Mace, who preceded her in death in 1986.

Surviving are two daughters, Darlene Mace Stevens of Waynesboro and Lillian Rachel Baber of Grottoes; three sons, Herman Dale Mace of Grottoes, Danny Leon Mace of Mount Jackson and David William Mace of Grottoes; a sister, Reva Ann Allen of Grottoes; a brother, William Lewis Randall of McGaheysville; 13 grandchildren; and Jacob Mace; and 12 great- grandchildren.

A funeral was held at Mount Vernon Mennonite Church on Monday, April 17, 2017. Burial followed at Mace Cemetery.

The family received friends Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes.

Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfs.com.



Clara A. Wylie


Clara Ann Wylie, 89, of Staunton, passed away Monday, April 10, 2017, at Envoy of Staunton.

She was born April 2, 1928, in Bellows Falls, Vt., a daughter of the late Tony and Lena Kissell Lisai.

She was of the Catholic faith and a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, George Edward Wylie.

Survivors include a son, Mark Wylie of Elkton; a sister, Barbara Shuffelt of Hurley, N.Y.; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Friday, April 14, 2017, at Thornrose Cemetery conducted by Msgr. Andrew Cassin.

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



Warren R. Roderick


Warren Reid “Rod” Roderick, 79, of Millboro, died Tuesday, April 11, 2017, as a result of a logging accident on his property.

He was born June 20, 1937 in Gans, Pennsylvania to the late Lloyd S. and Evelyn Frey Roderick.

He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1955-59 and retired from Merck in Elkton.

He was fiercely independent and loved farming and being outdoors.

He trained Tennessee Walkers, was a master woodworker who made furniture and loved hunting, fishing and relic hunting.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a great-grandchild, A. J. Banks.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara “Bobbie” Brewer Roderick of Millboro; a daughter, Lori Lynne Morris and husband, Kris, of Penn Laird; three sons, Nathan Roderick and wife, Bobbie Jo, of Craigsville, Michael Shawn Roderick and wife, Jenelle, of Timberville and Timothy Owen Roderick and girlfriend, Tuesday Morton, of Broadway; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; six nieces; and a number of cousins, including special cousins, Wanda and Tim Peters of Pennsylvania.

In keeping with his wishes, his body was cremated. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge is handling arrangements.

To send condolences online, visit www.nicelyfuneralhome.com. — Paid obituary



Roy L. Cardin Sr.


Roy Lee Cardin Sr., 60, of Shenandoah, passed away, Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center after a brief illness.

He was born June 11, 1956, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of the late Johnny and Irene Turner Cardin.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Roy Cardin Jr.; daughter, Tina Wallace; sister, Patricia Breeden; and special aunt, Janice “Jake” Turner.

Roy retired in 2010 from James Madison University, where he was employed by facilities management as a landscape manager for 34 years. He was the Page County High School assistant softball coach and a dedicated volunteer and mentor for Page County.

For more than 30 years he volunteered, was the past president and former board member of Shenandoah Recreational League. In 2015, he started the Firestorm 10U travel softball team where he helped coach his granddaughter and he was loved by all the girls that he coached. He was famous for his barbecue chicken that everyone looked forward to on opening day. In his pastime, he loved spending time with his family, fishing and hunting.

On May 10, 1976, he married, Kathy Newman, who survives.

He is also survived by his daughters, Amy Gaskins and husband, Trace, of Elkton and Tabitha Shifflett and husband, Ricky, of Shenandoah; son, Brian Hendrick and companion, Susan; grandchildren, Bailee and Mitchel Gaskins and Catherine Wallace; son-in-law, Carroll “Dwight” Wallace; brother, Paul Cardin and wife, Vickie, of Elkton; longtime friend, Kenny Kandill and wife, Karen, and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Donnie Sherfey officiating. Interment will follow at Rest Haven Community Cemetery in Shenandoah.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Page County High School.

Condolences can be shared online at www.kygers.com. — Paid obituary



Daisy M. McDaniel


Daisy Marie McDaniel, 79, of Elkton, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017, at her home.

She was born Feb. 24, 1938, in Elkton, and was a daughter of the late Herman and Arbutus Meadows.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Kells McDaniel.

She was a gentle loving spirit who was devoted to her family and friends. She enjoyed gospel music and loved the Lord.

She is survived by her five daughters, Mari Ellen Carroll, Bonita Gail Hensley, Mary Catherine Price, Cheryl Kelly Norton and Jo M. Hausman; stepsons, Bill and Jimmy McDaniel; sister, Joyce Ann Merica; numerous grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Carter Dean officiating. Burial will follow at Elk Run Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Memorial contributions can be made to Kyger Funeral Home to offset funeral expenses.

Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com.



Elaine N. Joecks


Elaine Nancy Joecks, 61, of Penn Laird, passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017, at her home.

She was born Aug. 18, 1955, in Danville, Pa., and was a daughter of Mary Doris Joecks of Harrisonburg and the late Arthur Joecks.

In 1964, she moved from Albany, Ga. to Rockingham County. She graduated in 1973 from Turner Ashby High School, where she was a cheerleader and excelled in the Junior Miss Pageant contest program with ballet as her focus. She went on to Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business.

Shortly after, she moved to New York City and started a career in the fashion industry. She returned to Rockingham County in the mid-1980s and started her catering business, Elegant Catering.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg, where she also served as a deacon.

She volunteered at the Harrisonburg Free Clinic and was a director of the Mardi Gras fundraising event for many years.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her sisters, Susan Lawrence of Harrisonburg, Anne Joecks of Collingswood, N.J. and Leslie Dutt of Port Republic.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg with the Rev. Ann Pettit officiating. Burial will be private at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution can be made to the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Free Clinic, 25 W. Water St., Harrisonburg VA 22801, or Rockingham/Harrisonburg SPCA, 2170 Old Furnace Road, Harrisonburg VA 22803.

Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com.



Dale E. Gaster


Dale Edward Gaster, 71, of McGaheysville, passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017, at his home.

A son of the late Myron and Lorraine Barby Gaster, he was born Nov. 13, 1945, in Duluth, Minn.

He was raised in Michigan and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968. He served during Vietnam and specialized as a dog handler in the military.

Following his discharge, he became a pharmacist before moving to the Valley, where he was employed with Massanutten Resort for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Cherri Kruse Gaster; son, Todd Gaster of Frisco, Texas; and three grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg with Deb Huffman officiating.

He wished for his body to be donated to science and a private burial will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elkton Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 152, Elkton, VA 22827.

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



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