Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

Rollin W. Tutwiler

Rollin “Woody” Woodson Tutwiler, 85, passed away Aug. 30, 2017, at James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Fla.

He was born in Harrisonburg, on Oct. 10, 1931, and was a son of the late Rollin Eugene and Virginia Woodson Tutwiler.

He attended Harrisonburg High School and received his diploma while serving two years in the armed services from 1951–53 during the Korean conflict, for which he received medals for bravery and honor.

Upon returning from the Army, he attended Shenandoah College, taking business courses.

He established several businesses, but found his love of cars to be his ultimate passion. He owned and operated Stuarts Draft Auto Sales for many years. Later, he worked and retired from McDonough Toyota as general manager of the used car sales branch from 1990-97.

He retired and relocated to Florida, where he loved the warm weather.

On Oct. 12, 1974, he married Patricia Christine Good, who survives.

He is also survived by a sister, Jean Wilkins; three children, Lawrence (Lee) Tutwiler, Christine Shenk and Rollin Tutwiler II; and four grandchildren.

A celebration of his life was held Saturday, Sept. 9, at Christ United Methodist Church in Shenandoah with Pastor Jonathan Lamb officiating.

Burial was at Bushnell National Cemetery in Florida.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to John A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Palliative and Hospice Care, 13000 Bruce B Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612.

Dakota L. Marston

Dakota Lee Marston, 22, of Broad Run, W.Va., passed away Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017.

He was born in Charlottesville, on June 29, 1995, a son of Randy and Angela “Angie” Renee Gooden Marston of Sugar Grove, W.Va.

He is survived by his companion, Nichole “Nikki” Cook; and a son, Hunter Atlee Marston, both of Brandywine, W.Va.

He served on the South Fork Volunteer Fire Department (Badge No. 441) and Tactical Team. In the summertime, his passion was working on derby cars and competing in derbies. In the fall, you could find him in the woods.

He was a 2014 graduate of Pendleton County High School and South Branch Career and Technical Center, where he excelled in industrial maintenance.

He was employed at Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Mount Crawford.

He is also survived by a brother, Brandon Marston of Brandywine; a sister, Amber Marston of Brandywine; maternal grandparents, Jeff and Carolyn Ahern of Weyers Cave and Galen Gooden of Grottoes; paternal grandparents, Charles and Janice Hiett of Brandywine; and great-grandparents, Beulah and Paul Judd of Elkton and Obed and Judith Marston of Lacey Spring.

Friends were received Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin, W.Va. A funeral service was held Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Sam Harper officiating.

Interment was in Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandywine with Fireman’s Honors.

Memorials may be made to South Fork Volunteer Fire Company in memory of No. 441.

Memories and words of comfort may be left at or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home.

Janalee L. Thompson

Janalee Louise Sheets Thompson, 84, of Broadway, passed away Sept. 6, 2017, at her home.

She was born July 30, 1933, in Rockingham County, and was a daughter of the late William and Martha Schultz Sheets.

She was a dairy farmer.

On Dec. 2, 1950, she married James Thompson Jr., who preceded her in death on June 13, 2012.

Surviving are two sons, Rick Thompson and Jim Thompson, both of Broadway; four daughters, Faye Thompson of Harrisonburg, Debbie McDaniel of Elkton and Ellen Grim and Julie Fansler, both of Broadway; one sister, Clarene Jameson of Harrisonburg; and eight grandchildren, one stepgrandchild; and one great-grandchild.

The Rev. Tony Hiles led a funeral service Saturday, Sept. 9, at Mountain Valley United Methodist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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

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Kenneth G. Munson Sr.

Kenneth Gerald Munson Sr., 94, of Grottoes, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at his home surrounded by family.

He was born in Ticonderoga, N.Y., on Nov. 26, 1922, and was a son of the late Edna M. (Johns) and Harry W. Munson.

He began his trucking career in 1940 in Albany, N.Y., and in 1941, he went to work for Keeshin Motor Express.

In 1944, he was drafted by the U.S. Army infantry motor pool during World War II, during which he served as a staff sergeant and was discharged in 1946.

In 1947, he drove for Eazor Express, left in 1957 as a traffic manager and started his career at Houff Transfer in Weyers Cave. He retired in 1987 and worked part-time at Crosby Trucking from 1993 until 1999.

He was a member of Mount Horeb Presbyterian Church in Grottoes, where he served as an elder.

On April 26, 1943, he was united in marriage to Opal G. (Hicks) Munson, who preceded him in death on Sept. 14, 1993. On Nov. 25, 1995, he was united in marriage to Virginia D. (Coleman) Munson, who preceded him in death on Aug. 12, 2004.

He is survived by five daughters, Jodi L. Coppola of Bridgewater, Billie Jean Bushong of Dayton, Kimberly S. Munson of Palmyra, Bobbie J. Munson of Grottoes and Tamara D. Kee of Harrisonburg; three sons, Kenneth “Bud” G. Munson Jr. of Waynesboro, Ronald “Butch” L. Munson of Grottoes and Timothy P. Munson of Grottoes; two stepdaughters, Teresa Ann Cantrell of Harrisonburg and Bobbie Lou Humphreys of White Post, Va.; two stepsons, Timothy Medley of Charleston, W.Va. and Bill Medley of Elkview; five half-sisters four half-brothers; 23 grandchildren; 12 great- grandchildren; and six great- great- grandchildren.

The family received friends Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes.

A funeral service was conducted Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at Mount Horeb Presbyterian Church in Grottoes, with Pastor Johnathan Ytterock officiating. Burial was at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Horeb Presbyterian Church, 4517 Rockfish Road, Grottoes, VA 24441.

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Donald Hess

Donald “Don” Hess, 85, of Massanutten, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at home.

He was born June 7, 1932, in Johnstown, Pa., and was a son of the late Homer and Vesta Blue Hess.

Surviving family include his wife, Pauline Hymer Hess; a daughter, Cynthia Hess Gray of Charlotte, N.C.; a son, Kenneth William Hess of Massanutten; his stepchildren, Diana Lynn Littlehawk of Topeka, Kan., Susan Michele Glasgow of Wichita, Kan., Gerald Lee “Jerry” Hymer of Galesburg, Mich., Kimberly Ann Hymer and Connie Jo Myers of Wichita, Kan.; a brother, Cecil D. Hess of Sebring, Fla.; sisters, Carol Jean Imler of Roaring Springs, Pa., Joetta Hess Rager of Johnstown, Pa., Margery Hess Starr of Champaign, Ill. and Marilyn Hess Doney of Hickory, N.C.; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1975, retiring as a CW4. He served in personnel assignments at every level of the Army from battalion, post level, Department of the Army and Department of Defense, culminating a successful career in the White House Communications Agency.

He retired from active duty and founded the U.S. Army Warrant Officers Association (USAWOA) and retired as president emeritus of the association.

After retirement, he was active in leadership roles with the Military Officers Association of America and served for six years as the first warrant officer to serve on the national board of the 350,000 members.

He was selected to serve a four-year term with the Army Chief of Staff Retiree Council and called to active duty each year to help prepare the CSA report to retirees Army-wide.

He was named the first honorary warrant officer of the Adjutant General Corps. He was also recognized at the Warrant Offi cer (WO) Career College with the naming of a classroom in his honor. He was also the third recipient of the prestigious WO Eagle Rising Society organized by the WO Career College.

Upon moving to Massanutten, he became a charter member of the newly-formed Mountain View Church of the Brethren. He was involved in many duties, including moderator.

He was a valued member of the McGaheysville Ruritan Club, preparing the club newsletter, chairman of the membership committee and past president.

He served his country on active duty and then continued to serve accumulating more than 60 years of service to the military and veterans community. He joined the newly-formed local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans and served as newsletter editor for four years. He also became a member of the local chapter of the Military Officers Association and became involved serving through the years as president, newsletter and other chapter activities including presenting awards to JMU, Harrisonburg and Fishburne ROTC units, and preparing the chapter newsletter.

A memorial service was held at Mountain View Fellowship Church of the Brethren on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, with a reception immediately following.

Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, at a date and time to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Mountain View Fellowship at 8601 McGaheysville Road, McGaheysville, VA 22840, or to USAWOA Scholarship Fund at 742 Herndon Parkway, Suite 207, Herndon VA 20170.

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David A. Shifflett

David Alan Shifflett, 51, of Elkton, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at his home.

He was born Sept. 21, 1965, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of the late Melvin Shifflett and the late Neva Morris Shifflett.

He is survived by the love of his life of 32 years, Tracey Sue Shifflett.

They owned and operated DTH Services for many years.

He was a fun-loving person who enjoyed grilling and farming. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was an animated storyteller and always the life of the party. He was a perfectionist and always brought smiles to others’ faces with his jokes.

He is also survived by a daughter, Holly Shifflett Lam; two grandchildren; a brother, Terry Shifflett; and sisters, June Grove, Susan Plum, Angela Williams, Julie Thomas and Kathleen “Mousy” Spiggle.

A celebration of life was held Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at Church of Solsburg in Elkton. Burial was at Rest Haven Cemetery in Shenandoah.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to his daughter to offset funeral expenses.

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Eva L. Dovel

Eva “Louise” Shifflett Dovel, 86, of Stanley, passed away Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at MontVue Nursing Home.

She was born Sept. 26, 1930, in Rockingham County, and was a daughter of the late E. Monroe Shifflett and Nora Lam Shifflett.

She was a member of the Leake’s Chapel Church of the Brethren in Stanley.

On July 2, 1949, she married Ervin E. Dovel, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Jerry O. Dovel Sr. and Dennis R. Dovel; a daughter, Linda D. Quintrell; two brothers, Paul Shifflett of Elkton and Ray Shifflett of Shenandoah; four sisters, Marlene Comer and Lena Dean, both of Shenandoah, Mary Housden of Harrisonburg and Ida May Roudabush of Elkton; nine grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was conducted Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the Leake’s Chapel Church of the Brethren by Pastor Keith W. Simmons and evangelist Earl E. Painter. Burial was in the Leake’s Chapel Cemetery in Stanley.

The family received friends at the church on Monday, Sept. 4.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leake’s Chapel Church of the Brethren, Stanley, VA 22851.

Arrangements were by Bradley Funeral Home in Luray.

Agnes Forish

Agnes Forish, 97, passed away in her sleep Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at Willow Estates Retirement Home in Harrisonburg.

She was born Feb. 11, 1920, in Clinchco, Va., to the late Earl and Virgie Stone Vanover.

In 1937, she married Joe Forish, who passed away in 1976.

She was the last surviving member of her family.

Surviving are two sons, Donald and Benny, both of Elkton; a daughter, Betty Darby of Manassas; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Per her request, she will be cremated and will be interred at a later date in the Stonewall Memory Gardens in Manassas.

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Russell C. Stroop

Russell Charles Stroop, 88, of Keezletown, passed away Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at Avante Nursing Home.

He was born June 9, 1929, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late Lester and Rebecca Griffith Stroop.

He was employed by Metro Pants, H.D. Lee and retired from Sancar.

Surviving are two sons, Rodney Stroop of Keezletown and Eddie Stroop of Florida; his siblings, Ruel Lee Stroop and Maxine Perry, both of Harrisonburg; and numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens with Sandra Cave officiating.

There was no formal visitation.

However, friends were received at the funeral home on Monday.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Larry G. Huffer

Larry Gene Huffer, who was born May 10, 1947, passed away Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Boyers Huffer; his sons, Kevin Huffer and Joshua Huffer; four grandchildren; and a brother, Dennis Huffer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Weldon and Emma Huffer.

He graduated from Harrisonburg High School and Blue Ridge Community College.

He served in the United States Air Force and enjoyed all sports, especially hunting and fishing.

He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church and was employed by American Safety Razor before joining Merck and Company as a chemical operator.

He retired in 2009.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at Bethany United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Lock officiating.

Interment will follow in Naked Creek Cemetery.

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Benjamin A. Hartman

Benjamin Allen Hartman, 25, of Timberville, passed away Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at his residence.

He was born Oct. 21, 1991, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of Dale and Margaret Ratliff Hartman of Timberville.

He was a mechanic at Valley Equipment.

He graduated from Broadway High School in 2011.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a sister, Brandi Hartman of Elkton; a half-sister, Heather Wilford of Rockingham County; a half-brother, Cody Combs of Broadway; maternal grandparents, Bill and Ellen Ratliff of Broadway; a maternal great-grandmother, Lenora Ratliff of Harrisonburg; a paternal grandparent, Romaine Hartman of Mathias; and his biological father, David Combs of Broadway.

Pastor Richard Yowell will conduct a memorial service 7 p.m. Friday at Bethel Church of the Brethren in Mayland.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. before the service at the church.

The body was cremated.

Memorial contributions may be made to Broadway Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 666, Broadway, VA 22815.

Arrangements are entrusted to Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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