Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

Helen B. Dean

Helen Beatrice Dean, 85, formerly of Elkton, left her earthly home at the Oak Lea Nursing Home on April 9, 2016, to be with her Lord and Savior.

A daughter of the late Alfred E. and Nellie Mae (Hitt) Dean, she was born on Dec. 20, 1930, in Elkton.

Beatrice was preceded in death by her two sisters, Anna Chaffman and Shelby Slivinski; and four brothers, Howard Dean, Claude Dean, Floyd Dean and Ernest Dean.

She was employed 40 years as a seamstress with several different companies. Her passions included gardening, planting flowers and cooking and baking for the sick and elderly. She was a Sunday school teacher, bible school teacher and a member of the ladies auxiliary. Her favorite passion was spoiling her grandchildren and her great grandchildren.

Beatrice recently celebrated her 68th wedding anniversary, on Dec. 8, to Harry Johnson Dean, who survives at the Oak Lea Nursing Home.

She is survived by five sisters, Edith Shifflett (husband) Norman (deceased), Pauline McCauley (husband) Melvin, Lois Marie Dovel (husband) Robert L. (deceased), Odessa Dean (husband) Charlie and Joyce Dean (husband) Archie, all of Elkton.

She is survived by her son, Ellis Johnson Dean and wife, Mary Ellen, and her daughter, Barbara Dean Smith and husband, Vernon Jr.; two grandsons, Christopher Ray Smith and wife, Nicole, and Nathan Johnson Dean and fiancé, Katie McColgan; three great-grandsons, Alexander Jordan Smith, Andrew Nicholas Smith and Ian McColgan; amd one great-granddaughter, Liliana Jordan Smith.

Pastor Travis Hensley, of the Elkton Pentecostal Church, conducted a memorial service on Wednesday, April 13. at 11 a.m., at the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Burial was private.

The family received friends one hour prior to the memorial service.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Associations, 4335 Cox Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060.

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Larry K. Fletcher

Larry K. Fletcher, 57, of Elkton, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

He was born March 7, 1959, in Hyattsville, Md., and was a son of Kenneth W. and S. Jean ( Keen) Fletcher, both of Elkton.

He lived in Page County for a number of years before moving to Elkton.

He worked in construction prior to his illness.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a daughter, Crystal Fletcher; a sister, Tamula Ayers; two grandchildren; and a special friend, Debbie Foltz.

He was cremated and all services were private.

Arrangements were handled by Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting

John W. Kyger

John Wayne Kyger, 61, of Grottoes, passed away Thursday, April 7, 2016, at his home.

He was born in Harrisonburg, on April 8, 1954, a son of the late Sylvia (Holloway) and Sidney Kyger.

He is survived by three daughters, Melissa Kyger of Harrisonburg, Brittany Kyger of Mount Crawford and Rachel Kyger of Bluefi eld, W.Va.; three sisters, Juanita Heatwole of Dayton, Gail McCabe of Bridgewater and Sandy Knight; a brother, Nelson Kyger of Bridgewater; and seven grandchildren.

At his request he has been cremated.

Online condolences may be at www.

Shelva J. Campbell

Shelva Jean Campbell, 76, of Elkton, passed away Friday, April 8, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born June 15, 1939, in Rockingham County, and was a daughter of the late Fred Lam and Polly Meadows.

She enjoyed playing parcheesi, solitaire and doing puzzles. She loved telling stories and having gatherings with her family and her beloved dog, “Frisky.”

She is survived by her children, Barbara Wyant and Danny Samuels, both of Elkton; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Otis Lam of Elkton, Robert Lam of Crimora and Leo Lam of Elkton; and sisters, Marie Lawson and Sylvia Shifflett, both of Elkton.

A funeral service was held Monday, April 11, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Carter Dean officiating.

Burial followed at Jollett’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to EAUS, 218 W. Spotswood Trail, Elkton VA 22827.

Online condolences can be made to the family by visiting

Orville See

Orville “Joe” See, 91, of Port Republic, died April 9, 2016, after a series of illnesses.

He was predeceased by his first wife of 18 years, Betty Burnshire, and second wife of 41 years, Thelma (Susie) Dove.

He is survived by a son, Orville C. See Jr. of Falling Waters, W.Va.; four stepchildren, David L. Dove, Michael Dove, Leonard Dove Jr. and Geneva Dean; and three sisters, Avis Runion of Herndon, Vada Miller of Harrisonburg and Leona Judy of Richmond.

He was a faithful member of Victory Baptist Church in Harrisonburg, an avid collector of antique automobiles and played guitar and sang in several groups over the years.

He was retired from the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Highways and Transportation.

A graveside service was held in Linville United Church Cemetery in Harrisonburg on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Jeff Newman offi ciating.

The family received friends Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

The family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Lois H. McCulley

Lois Hastings McCulley, 94, of Shenandoah, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

She was born in Amelia County, on March 29, 1922, to the late James “Jimmy” William and Maggie Major Hastings.

She made her home in Amelia County before moving to the Valley in 1996.

She was a homemaker, music teacher and pianist for various churches. She loved music and played for the choir at church.

She is survived by one daughter, Joyce M. Tennies of Shenandoah; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Shenandoah, on Sunday, April 10, 2016. The Rev. Ellen Martin officiated.

Burial will follow at a later date in Amelia.

Memorial contributions may be made to Oak Grove UMC, 2279 Fleeburg Road, Shenandoah, VA 22849.

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Luther B. Hottel

Luther Benjamin “Bennie” Hottel, 93, of Mount Crawford, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

He was born in Quicksburg, on Sept. 8, 1922, and was a son of the late Mary Ellen (O’Roark) and Ray Saum Hottel.

He graduated from Bridgewater High School.

He was often sought to sing solos at weddings, funerals and church events, while also directing the church choir. He was a charter member of the Rockingham Male Chorus.

He served during World War II as an airplane mechanic in the U.S. Army Air Corps stationed in England.

On Sept. 28, 1942, he married Bernice LaBelle (Riddleberger) Hottel, who preceded him in death.

Survivors include their four children, Sandra Hottel of Mount Crawford, Nancy Fleischman of Crozet, Edwin Hottel of Harrisonburg and L.B. Hottel Jr. of Shenandoah; seven grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, three stepgreat-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter and two stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

He served for many years as a route salesman for the Coca-Cola Co. before launching a career as a rural letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, delivering the mail to Rt. 1 in Mount Crawford until his retirement.

He was a charter member of the Mount Crawford Ruritan Club, a member of Gideon International and an active leader through the United Methodist Men and the choir. He coached Little League baseball and like golf.

A funeral service was held Monday, April 11, at Mount Crawford United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Russell Heinrich officiating. Burial followed at Mount Crawford Cemetery with military graveside rites performed by American Legion Post 27.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Crawford UMC Organ Fund, P.O. Box 84, Mount Crawford, VA 22841, and/ or Gideons International, P.O. Box 734, Harrisonburg, VA 22803.

Harry Witmer

Harry Witmer, 81, of Salem, passed away Thursday, April 7, 2016, at Salem Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Witmer was born Feb. 12, 1935, in Dayton, a son of the late Merle and Annie (Rhodes) Witmer.

He was a well-known farmer and carpenter.

He was a member of the Salem Mennonite Church.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ruth Van-Pelt, whom he married May 20, 1962.

Also surviving are three daughters, Lorraine Witmer of Monterey, Phyllis Benner of McGaheysville and Thelma Witmer of Dayton; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two brothers, Amos H. Witmer of Mount Crawford and Jacob Witmer of New Holland, Pa.; and a sister, Martha Lehman of Columbiana.

The funeral service was held Monday, April 11, at Salem Mennonite Church.

Burial followed in the Pleasant View Mennonite Cemetery.

The family has entrusted Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana, Ohio, with the arrangements.

Family and friends are invited to visit to sign the guest book or send private condolences.

Paul D. Kirtley

Paul David Kirtley, 71, of Crimora, passed away April 2, 2016, at his home.

He was born April 17, 1944, in Shenandoah, and was a son of the late Rita Melva (Cook) and Benjamin Kirtley.

He retired in 1994 from the spa management business and was involved in real estate.

He enjoyed the outdoors, feeding the animals, going to the lake with his family, and riding jet skis.

On July 18, 1998, he was united in marriage to Teresa (Owen) Kirtley in Shenandoah.

He is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Milstead of Waynesboro and Paula Kirtley; four sons, Michael, Josh, Kris and Ben Kirtley; one sister, Mary Lee Grimsley of Shenandoah; two brothers, Carl Lee Kirtley of Elkton and Amos Kirtley of Grottoes; two granddaughters; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

A celebration of his life will be held at his home, 2758 East Side Highway in Crimora, on April 17, 2016, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The family asks that everyone bring photos, stories and special memories to share. Call 421-4949 for directions.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.

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