Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Garry M. Foley

Garry “Bear” Mitchell Foley, 66, of Mount Jackson, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, at his home.

Mr. Foley was born Jan. 5, 1950, in New Market, son of the late Lawrence Sylvester and Betty Sue Ward Foley.

He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He was a retired stonemason.

He is survived by a daughter, Wendi Sue Moyer of Mount Jackson; five brothers, Jamie Foley and Richard Foley both of Mount Jackson, Michael Foley and Allan Foley, both of New Market, and Larry Foley of Florida; and two grandchildren, Ryan and Autumn Summers. He is also survived by his companion, Hilda Turner of Broadway. Also surviving are his former wife, Betty Jo Foley, and two stepchildren, Pattie Hottle and Pam Mantz.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Terry “Cy” Foley.

The family received friends Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Mount Jackson.

Mr. Foley has been cremated.

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Charles V. Funk

Charles Vernon Funk, 65, of New Market passed away Saturday at his home.

He was born in Winchester on July 7, 1950 and was the son of Goldie Mae Perkins Funk and the Late Henry Clifton Funk.

Mr. Funk served with the United States Army during the Vietnam war. He was employed at French's Auto Parts of New Market for 27 years and retired due to ill health. He was a member of the New Market Eagles.

On March 29, 1972 he married the former Linda Perkins, who survives.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his daughter, Brandi Funk of New Market; three brothers, Johnie funk of Mathias, WV., Ray Funk of New Market and Henry Funk of Harrisonburg and three sisters, Virginia Moyer of Timberville, Mae Morris of Fisherville and Wilma Gutshall of Moscow. Pastor Landis Dove conducted a graveside service Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 11 a.m. At the Fairview church of the Brethren Cemetery near Endless caverns. Members of Dayton American Legion Post 27 conducted military rites.

The Family received friends Tuesday Jan. 12 at Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the SPCA of your choice. 
Arrangements are being handled by Theis Funeral Chapel, New Market.

Geraldine P. Hall

Geraldine Patricia Hall, 88, of Monroe, North Carolina, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 in Monroe.

Services were Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock. Burial followed at Sunset View Memorial Gardens. Pastor John Allen officiated.

Geraldine was born Aug. 30, 1927 in Miami, Florida. She was the daughter of the late Lonnie and Jessie Davis.

She was known as the plant lady of Zell's Plants. She received Citizen and Business of the Year in Shenandoah County. She had a local television show on channel 10, Zell's Plants.

Upon retiring from her business she later moved to Monroe to live with her daughter and son-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Zell Hall, and a sister, Martha Allen.

She is survived by a daughter, Katherine Varner and her beloved son-in-law Ronnie Varner of Monroe, North Carolina; two sons, Zell Hall Jr. and Keith Hall; a granddaughter, Carrie Shoup; grandson, Zell Hall III; and two great granddaughters, Kassie and Ashley Zohn. She is also survived by her adopted children, John and Lynette Allen, along with many friends.

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Isabelle H. Helsley

Isabelle Ada "Meme Maw" Hosaflook Helsley, 88, of Woodstock, passed away Thursday at Greenfield Assisted Living Woodstock.

Mrs. Helsley was born Aug. 8, 1927 in Shenandoah County, the daughter of the late Frank and Ruby (Clinedinst) Hosaflook.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 70 years, Ira Helsley; two brothers, Alfred and Billy; and two sisters, Betty Marston and Flo McDaniels.

Mrs. Helsley is survived by two sons, Teddy (Janeas) and Dewey (Gracie), and one daughter, Gloria Spitler (Stanley), all of Woodstock; two brothers, Calvin and Ralph, and one sister, Peggy Mantz, all of Edinburg; three grandchildren, Danny Spitler, Keith Helsley and Julie Helsley; three great grandchildren, Caitlan Spitler, Chase Helsley and Kaitlynn Bradley; and two great-great-grandchildren, Jordan and Blake Dutton.

She was a longtime member of Community Mission Church of the Brethren and was a member of their Ladies Aid and VFW Auxiliary in Edinburg.

Mrs Helsley sold Avon for 14 years in Falls Church and was a janitor for the Woodstock Health Department and sold refreshments at Janey's Auction house in Woodstock.

She was well known for her baking and always having goodies for anyone who came to visit. She will be remembered for her infectious smile and love for family and for the Lord. She lead a hard life and enjoyed the Sunday dinner with her family.

A funeral service was held at Community Mission Church, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 at 2 p.m. Interment was in the Columbia Furnace Cemetery in Edinburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Community Mission Church of the Brethren, Building Fund, 50 Coffmantown Rd., Woodstock, Va. 22664 or Greenfield Assisted Living of Woodstock, 935 Ox Rd., Woodstock, Va. 22664.

Arrangements are in the care of Valley Funeral & Cremation Service.

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Bobby R. Jarrell, Sr.

Bobby Randolph Jarrell, Sr., 71, of Martinsburg, WV, formerly of Strasburg, Va., died Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 at Blue Ridge Residential Center.

Mr. Jarrell was born in 1944 in Green County, Va., the son of the late Floyd and Thelma Jarrell.

He was a veteran having served in the United States Army.

Mr. Jarrell retired from Fred W. Borden, Inc. as a Plumbing Superintendent.

Mr. Jarrell was married to Diane Jarrell, who survives him.

Surviving with his wife, are daughter, Cindy Cleghorn (Timothy), Martinsburg, WV; sons, Tony Jarrell (Billie Jo), Strasburg, Va. and Bobby Jarrell, Jr. (fiance Michelle Spencer) Front Royal, Va.; and five grandchildren.

All services will be private.

Arrangements are being handled by Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel.

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Leonard A. Lantz Jr.

Leonard Allen "Bim" Lantz Jr., 46, of Strasburg, passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 at the NMS Health Care, Hagerstown, Maryland.

A memorial service was conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 at Stover Memorial Chapel with Rev. Bill Fitchett who officiated.

Mr. Lantz was born Oct. 31, 1969 in Woodstock, the son of Leonard "Bucky" and Sharon Kay Lantz Sr.

He was a graduated of Strasburg High School, Class of '87 and had worked at RR Donnelley, Strasburg as a bindery helper with 15 years of service.

Surviving with his parents are his wife, Laura Leigh Coates Lantz; five children, Kaitlyn A. Lantz, Lauren N. Lantz, Hannah R. Lantz and Brittany M. Barb, all of Strasburg and Anthony D. Adams of Maurertown; three grandchildren, Kaylee L. Barb, Vincent D. Adams and Raighlynn Adams; two sisters, Sherry L. Edwards of Strasburg and Marsha A. Shaffer of Edinburg; and two nieces, Kari and Krystal Edwards.

He was preceded in death by a grandchild, Easton Barb.

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Stover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Strasburg is in charge of arrangements.

Thelma W. Laughlin

Thelma Williams Laughlin , 90, a resident of Strasburg, Va., passed away Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 at Lynn Care of Front Royal.

A memorial service for Mrs. Laughlin will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the Strasburg United Methodist Church with Rev. John B. Haynes, Jr. officiating. Burial will be private.

She was born in Strasburg, VA on March 13, 1925, a daughter of the late Bedford Henry and Mary Frances Ritenour Williams.

She was a retired hair stylist and lifelong member of Strasburg United Methodist Church, where she was one of the founding members of the JOY Sunday School Class in 1949.

Survivors include her son, William "Willis" Laughlin of Pa.; brothers, James Williams of Woodstock, Va. and Billy Williams of Middletown, Md.

Memorials may be made to Strasburg United Methodist Church, 114 W. Washington St., Strasburg, Va. 22657 or a charity of one's choice.

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Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, Va. is serving the family of Mrs. Laughlin.

Edith L. Martin

Edith Ellen Layman Martin, 78, of New Market, died Jan. 8, 2016, at her residence.

She was born Oct. 2, 1937, in Dayton to the late Wilmer David and Mary Wenger Layman.

Edith was a homemaker and a member of Bethesda Mennonite Church near Broadway. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School in 1957.

On Sep.. 18, 1959, she married Ben Martin, who survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Vernon J. Martin and wife, Kim, of Conrath, Wis., Arthur Dale Martin and wife, Lois, of New Market, Arnold Ray Martin and wife, Karen, of Harrisonburg; two daughters, Bonnie Lou Good and husband, Jonathan, of Timberville, Lilly Mae Weaver and husband, Delvin, of Stone Lake, Wis.; one brother, Harry Layman and wife, Brenda, of Quicksburg; one sister-in-law, Mattie Layman of Harrisonburg; 31 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Her brother, David Layman, preceded her in death.

The Revs. Nathan Good, Joshua Good and John Swartz conducted a funeral service 10 a.m. Tuesday Jan. 12, 2016 at Pike Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg. Burial was in the Bethesda Mennonite Church cemetery.
The family received friends Monday Jan. 11, at Bethesda Mennonite Church.

Arrangements are by Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

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Helen W. Mazzoli

Helen Theresa Ward Mazzoli, 88, of Frederick County, Virginia, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, at Greenfield Senior Living in Strasburg, Virginia.

Mrs. Mazzoli was born in 1927, in Kingston, New York, the daughter of the late Edward P. and Marie Ward.

She was a graduate of Cortland State Teachers College receiving a Bachelor’s of Education Degree. Mrs. Mazzoli was a retired Elementary School Teacher at Walter C. Black Elementary School in Hightstown, New Jersey.

She was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Winchester, Virginia, as well as Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Hightstown, New Jersey.

Helen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many. She will be forever remembered for her passion of faith, teaching and sense of humor. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Her husband, Alfred J. Mazzoli, whom she married on Aug. 13, 1950, in Kingston, New York, preceded her in death on Jan. 8, 2013.

Surviving are her sons, Charles E. Mazzoli of Danville, Virginia, Raymond M. Mazzoli of Atlantic City, New Jersey, Michael A. Mazzoli and wife, Cindy, of Winchester, Virginia, Christopher P. Mazzoli and wife, Cathy, of Hightstown, New Jersey; 3 grandchildren and her brother, Edward J. Ward of Cortland, New York, as well as many extended family members and close friends.

One son, John F. Mazzoli, as well as several brothers and sisters preceded her in death.

The family received friends on Wednesday Jan. 13, from 4-5 p.m., at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel, Winchester, Virginia and Friday, from 10-11 a.m., at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Hightstown, New Jersey. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Hightstown, New Jersey, with Father Tony Ramos officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hightstown, New Jersey.

Memorial contributions may be made to Greenfield Senior Living, 304 Bowman Hill Dr., Strasburg, Virginia 22657.

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Juanita M. Meadows

Juanita Marie Meadows, 65, of Quicksburg, passed away Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 at Sentara RMH in Harrisonburg.

She was born May 7, 1950 in Quicksburg and was the daughter of the late Harold (Pete) and Velda (Silvious) Williams.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald F. Meadows.

Juanita was a seamstress at Wranglers for 19 years.

Juanita is survived by her daughter, Lisa Meadows and her son, Donald Meadows Jr., both of Quicksburg; three sisters, Larue Martin of Toms Brook, Shelby Bailey of Edinburg and Maxine Olson of New Market; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family received friends Tuesday Jan 12, at Valley Funeral & Cremation Service, Bowmans Crossing.

A graveside service was held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 in Cedar Grove Cemetery with Pastor Thomas Arner who officiated.

Pallbearers were Albert Handel Jr., Daniel Bailey, Glendon Meadows, William Meadows, Will Martin and Bobby Martin.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests burial funds in memory of Juanita, 14116 S. Middle Rd., Edinburg, Va. 22824.

Arrangements are in the care of Valley Funeral & Cremation Service.

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Arlene B. Mick

Arlene B. Mick, 85, of Harrisonburg passed away Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 at her home.

She was born May 5, 1930 at Cherry Grove, W Va. And was the daughter of the late Berry and Nellie Robinson Bennett Warner.

On March 21, 1949 she married Raymond Mick who died March 30, 1987.

She is survived by five sisters, Flota Vandevander, Cathrine Arbough, Barbara Hardy, Mabel Mick and Mary Marshall; three brothers, Lacey Bennett, Arnold Ray Bennett and John Warner, eight grand children and twelve great grandchildren.

Pastor Marlene Chandler conducted service on Monday at East Lawn Memorial Gardens east of Harrisonburg.

Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market handled the arrangements.

Ambassador James Nolan Jr

Ambassador Nolan was born in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 2, 1931 to James E. Nolan, MD and Helen Sheehan Nolan.

He attended the Priory School, now St. Anselm's Abbey School, and graduated from the Catholic University. He was also a graduate of the Defense Language School and the National Defense College.

After service in the Army, he joined the FBI where he served for nearly 25 years. His last position was as Deputy Assistant Director in the Intelligence Division where he was responsible for all FBI Foreign Counterintelligence Operations. He was twice awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.

Following his retirement from the FBI he was the first Director of the Office of Foreign Missions of the Department of State. In 1986, President Reagan, with the advice and consent of the Senate. awarded him the rank of Ambassador.

In retirement he moved to the Shenandoah Valley. He served as Chairman of the Board of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, as President of the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, and as a Trustee of Belle Grove Plantation.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Bosley Nolan and numerous nieces and nephews.

His sister, Joan Nolan O'Donnell, predeceased him.

Ambassador Nolan had served for many years as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady of the Shenandoah Church in Basye, Va. and was an active member of St. John Bosco Roman Catholic Church in Woodstock.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Belle Grove Plantation, 336 Belle Grove Rd., Middletown, Va. 22645 or St. Anselm's Abbey School, 4501 South Dakota Ave NE, Washington D.C. 20017-2753.

A Funeral Mass was held Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the St. John Bosco Roman Catholic Church. Father Michael Dobbins officiated.

Burial was private.

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Mary L. Short

Mary Lou Short, 86, of Woodstock, Va., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

The family will receive friends Thursday, Jan. 21 from 1-4 p.m. at the family residence.

Private burial will be in Quantico National Cemetery.

Mrs. Short was born Jan. 6, 1929 in Moundsville, WV, daughter of the late Curtis and Ethel Blake.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Avery D. "Arkie" Short.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda Sue Freeman and husband Curt of Orange Park, FL and Vicki Lynn Thompson of Woodstock; five grandchildren, Aaron Krasting, Karie Thurston, Stephanie Martinez-Ruckman, Jennifer Goostree and Bradley Martinez; eight great grandchildren, Michael Krasting, Tyler Krasting, Christopher Krasting, Blake Wilkinson, Campbell Ruckman, Kaylee Martinez, Avery Ruckman and Dylan Wilkinson; and LaVaughn Cooper, "beloved mother-figure".

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

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Mary P. Smith

Mary Pritchett Smith, 84, of Front Royal, Va., loving wife and mother, passed away on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 surrounded by her loving family and friends.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, January 13, at 11 a.m. at Maddox Funeral Home conducted by Pastor Danny Clegg.
 Burial followed in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Smith was born April 10, 1931 in Flint Hill, Va., daughter of the late Ernest Pritchett, Sr. and Nellie Susan Lillard Pritchett.

She was a faithful member of Front Royal Baptist Temple.

Mrs. Smith was an avid bowler, and especially enjoyed hunting and fishing with her husband and friends.

Surviving are her husband, James Edward Smith of Front Royal; one daughter, Vickie Elaine Smedley of Edinburg, Va.; five sisters, Edna Scott of Huntly, Doris Dawson, Joyce Parsons and Shirley Williams all of Front Royal and Janet Lafferty of Stanley; one half-sister Sandra Stocklinski of Front Royal; two grandchildren, Larry Douglas Travis of Dansville, NY and Michelle Elizabeth Houghtaling of Winchester; two great grandchildren, Douglas Charles Travis and Tyler Alexander Travis; and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her son, Cpl. Larry E. Smedley, USMC; two brothers, Ernest Pritchett, Jr. and Robert Pritchett; and a half sister Edna Whitworth.

Pallbearers were Richard Williams, Ed Rutze, Douglas Travis, Eddie Whitworth, Mark Smoot, and Jack Clegg. 
Honorary pallbearers were Paul Parsons and Kim Stocklinski.

The family received friends on Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

James D. Tankersley, Jr.

James D. Tankersley, Jr. (J.D.) was born Aug. 18, 1921 in Mulberry, Crawford County, Arkansas.

He departed this life on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016.

A graveside service for Mr. Tankersley with full military honors was conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 at Sunset View Memorial Gardens in the Garden of Faith, Woodstock, Va. with Rev. John B. Haynes, Jr. who officiated.

The Tankersley family lived in La Feria, Texas during J.D.'s early years. This is where he was exposed to the Spanish language and acquired a small vocabulary.

J.D. attended the University of the Ozarks, a Presbyterian school. He was a freshman there and sang in the college choir. Later, he transferred to Ouachita Baptist University.

After one year, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Naval Aerology in the Pacific during WWII.

After WWII, J.D. entered the University of California and graduated with a background in Earth Science, English and Spanish. He took a job with the predecessor of the National Security Agency where he became a certified cryptanalyst. Graduate study was at George Washington University.

He married the late Betty Mills, a mezzo soprano and an employee of the FBI. J.D. and his wife sang in the First Baptist Church choir. They had two sons, James David, III, and John Mark. John's children are Elizabeth Tankersley, Adam John and Kyle David.

J.D. retired from the federal government in 1977.

He was active as an organist for various churches including a Navy chapel at Pearl Harbor, and various funeral homes. He did patient care and Spanish translation at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. He attended the Conservatory in Winchester, VA.

He was a Mason, and he was a member of the American Guild of Organists. Hobbies were violin, gardening, choir and writing throughout his life.

The family received friends at Stover Funeral Home on Saturday Jan. 9, 2016.

Memorials may be made to Strasburg United Methodist Church, 114 W. Washington St., Strasburg, Va.

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Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, Va. is serving the family of Mr. Tankersley.

Charles Wills

Charles "Champ" Wills, 70, of Woodstock, Virginia, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 at his home.

He was born Jan. 25, 1945, son of the late Stanley and Mae Wills.

Charles was a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

He retired from Johns Manville.

Charles is survived by his wife, Marie Duncan Wills; son, Todd Wills; daughter, Marcy Selby; four grandchildren, Colten Wills, Corey Wills, Emma Selby, and Josiah Selby; and four siblings, Gary Wills, Edith Wiley, Kitty Hines, and Debbie Barrick. Charlie is also survived by his faithful dog, Weezy.

Charlie made friends wherever he went and he especially enjoyed attending local auctions and visiting with friends and family members around town. He was a good guy and would do anything for anybody.
 We will miss him dearly, but will remember him forever.

A private memorial service will be officiated by Pastor Brian Duncan at First Church of Columbia Furnace.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Church of Columbia Furnace.

Friends can call at the home at anytime.

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Jesse C. Wine

Jesse Clayton Wine, age 100, of 211 Fairground Road, Woodstock died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 at Shenandoah County Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Wine was born at Forestville on July 2, 1915, son of the late Jacob David Wine and Kitty Sipe Huffman Wine.

He was a member of the Woodstock United Methodist Church where he was a treasurer for fifteen years.

For 70 years he was member of a Masonic Lodge including Mt. Jackson Masonic Lodge No. 103, Shenandoah Royal Arch Chapter #17 Edinburg, Alexandria Scottish Rite 32°, Acca Temple Shrine in Richmond, Blue Ridge Shrine Club, and the Shenandoah Valley Scottish Rite Club.

Mr. Wine worked for the army during World War II at Fort Belvoir as manager of the tailor shop and drycleaners. He entered the insurance business in 1945 and worked in Alexandria, Winchester, Mt. Jackson, and Woodstock, where he retired in 1975 from Interstate Life and Accident Insurance Co. after 30 years of service. In 1966 he became a charter member of Woodstock Rescue Squad, where he drove an ambulance for 10 years and served as treasurer for 16 years.

He had a vineyard and was a professional grape pruner going to as many as 60 places per year from Harrisonburg to Winchester. He was also a cane maker and since 1932 has handcrafted more than 1500 dogwood canes, which he has shared with his many friends and handicapped persons.

On Sept. 4, 1943 in Washington, D.C. he married the former Naomi Zirkle, daughter of Joseph H. Zirkle and Mary Hupp Zirkle of New Market. She survives along with a daughter, Mary Sue France and husband David of Fairfax; one grandson Brian France of Miami; one granddaughter Dr. Michelle Rose and husband Dr. Brian Rose of St. Paul, Minnesota; two great grandchildren Jacob Clayton Rose and Danica Ann Rose also of St. Paul. Four brothers Rev. J. Floyd Wine of Winchester, Rev. Galen D. Wine, Isaac J. Wine, and Ira M. Wine and one sister Mary Wine Lanier predecease him.

A memorial service will be held at the Woodstock United Methodist Church on Friday, Jan. 15th at 2:00 p.m. officiated by the Rev. Robert N. Hoskins, Jr. A private burial with the family will precede the memorial service. Visitation with the family was on Thursday at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock with a Masonic service immediately followed, conducted by Mt. Jackson Lodge No. 103 and Cassia Lodge No. 142. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to a charity.

Honorary pallbearers will be Rich Cooley Sr., Rich Cooley Jr., John Richman Jr., Frank Richman, Joe Lambert, Doug Veach, Wayne Kipps, Bill Decker, Steve Larrabee and Larry Green.

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