Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Bernice A. Baker

Bernice A. Baker, 95, of Basye, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 at Shenandoah Place, Inc. in New Market.

She was born March 28, 1921 in Indian Mills, WV. She was the daughter of the late Abner and Lima Athalene Hill Dillon.

She was supervisor of services for the National Geographic Society.

She was predeceased in death by her first husband, Jack L. Armell and her second husband, Howard J. Baker.

She is survived by a son, Richard A. Armell of Basye; three grandchildren, Lorrie Saar of Jeffersonville, In., Lawrence Armell of Basye, and Teale McCleaf of Cupertino, Ca; eight great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in Macedonia Cemetery, 1941 Macedonia Church Rd. in White Post, Va. with the Rev. David Drebes officiating.

Arrangements were by Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.

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Michael L. Burner

Michael Lynn Burner, 54, of Mt. Jackson, passed away Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family.

The funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 7 at 11 a.m. at Valley Funeral Service, Bowmans Crossing. The Reverend Nathan Robinson will officiate. Burial will follow in Mt. Jackson Cemetery.

Mr. Burner was born May 24, 1962 in Luray, son of Elsie K. Burner of Edinburg and the late Donald Lee Burner.

He was employed with Street Trucking and formerly worked for Richard's Wilbert, George's and Appalachian Freight.

He was a former member of Mt. Jackson and Edinburg Fire Departments.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia "Pat" Kuykendall.

Mike is survived by his wife, Karen I. Burner; son, Adam L. Burner of Woodstock; daughter, Amanda N. Burner Kerns of Mt. Jackson; step-son, Anthony Smith of Mt. Jackson; sister, Anna Davis of Woodstock; two brothers, Ronald Burner and wife Pam of Waynesboro and Robert "Poss" Burner and wife Missy of Mt. Jackson; six grandchildren, Jada Burner, Eli Kerns, Amber Smith, Hunter Smith, Harley Smith and Amy Smith; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Pallbearers will be Poss Burner, Ronnie Burner, Guy Gochenour, Mickey Grandstaff, Tommy Hefner and Kenneth Knupp.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Shaw and Street Trucking.

The family will receive friends, Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Valley Funeral Service in Bowman's Crossing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to your local fire department.

Arrangements are in the care of Heishman Funeral Home Inc., Valley Funeral Service Branch.

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Connie L. Butzler

Connie Lynn Alexander Butzler, 51, of Raymore, Mo., died Dec. 28, 2016, at the University of Kansas Hospital. She was born Dec. 24, 1965, in Harrisonburg, Va., and was a daughter of Mollie Harrison Alexander of New Market and the late Richard Lee Alexander Sr.

She worked as a quality control supervisor for Dextera Corp. in Lees Summit, Mo. She was a 1984 graduate of Broadway High School.

She is survived by a son, Brian Knight and wife, Amanda, of Raymore, Mo; a granddaughter, Kaitlyn Knight of Raymore, Mo.; grandson-to-be, Connor Knight; and two sisters, Darlene Ritchie and Robin Alexander, both of Broadway.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Alexander Jr.

Pastor Darin Busé conducted a graveside service Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery in New Market.

Friends visited the Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway to sign the guest book until Wednesday 11 a.m. The casket was closed.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Grandle Funeral Home, P.O. Box 114, Broadway, VA 22815, to help with funeral expenses.

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James A. Duckworth

James Antone Duckworth, 61, of Edinburg, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 at his residence.

He was born Aug. 24, 1955 in California and was the son of the late Donald and Florence Duckworth.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Deborah Detwiler Duckworth; and one brother, David Duckworth.

Mr. Duckworth was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy and a retired truck driver.

James is survived by his sister, Melody Barger of Colorado; one brother, Pete Duckworth of California; and three grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at home anytime.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Valley Funeral Service, 14116 S. Middle Rd., Edinburg, VA 22824 to help with burial expenses.

Arrangements are in the care of Heishman Funeral Home, Inc., Valley Funeral Service Branch. Thoughts, Concerns and Remembrances to .

Dwight Hoover

Dwight "Henry" Hoover, 82, of Woodstock, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock, Va.

Dwight was born on Oct. 7, 1934 in Woodstock, the son of the late Joseph Granville and Vergie May Stoneburner Hoover.

Dwight was married for 42 years to Janet C. Hoover who preceded him in death.

He is survived by two sons, Gregory D. Hoover of Woodstock, Va. and Steven T. Hoover and wife, Angela, of Lewisburg, Pa; brother, Wayne Hoover of Stephens City, Va; four grandchildren, Jordan, Ethan, Carter and Cohen Hoover and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Dean Hoover; and sister, Elaine Mowery, both of Woodstock, Va.

Dwight retired from United Airlines after 30 years of service.

He was a founding member of Shenandoah Community Fellowship and was very active in the church as a deacon. He was also active in the local Community where he served on Central High School's booster club for many years. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially farming. Dwight also loved spending time with his four grandsons.

The funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 31, 11 a.m. at Shenandoah Community Fellowship in Woodstock, Va. Pastor Banks Swanson officiated.

Burial was private in Sunset View Memorial Gardens in Woodstock, Va. The family received friends Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the Church.

Pallbearers were Larry Cave, Norman Kerber, Tim Bowers, George Brinkley, Charlie Williams and John Ward.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Shenandoah Community Fellowship.

Arrangements by Heishman Funeral Home Inc., Valley Funeral Service Branch, Bowman's Crossing.

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Barbara J. Kibler

Barbara Jean Kibler, 67, of Edinburg, passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 at her residence.

She was born Dec. 8, 1949 in Edinburg and was the daughter of the late Charles and Ilda (Rush) McInturff .

She had been a seamstress at Blue Bell/ Wrangler and a shift leader at Hardees.

She is survived by her daughter, Myrna Marlene Steadman of Mt. Jackson; two sons, Shirley David Kibler of Edinburg and Stephen Scott Kibler of Woodstock; three sisters, Marie Sherman of Woodstock, Virginia McInturff of Woodstock and Patricia Gimble of Strasburg; four brothers, Kenneth McInturff of Edinburg, Linwood McInturff of Middletown, Dennis McInturff of Edinburg and Donald McInturff of Mt. Jackson; nine grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 in McInturff Cemetery in Fort Valley with Pastor Perry Waters officiating.

Arrangements were the care of Heishman Funeral Home, Inc., Valley Funeral Service Branch.

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Catherine P. Kline

Catherine Marie Polk Kline, 84, a resident of Maurertown, Va. passed away Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 at her residence.

A funeral service for Marie was conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 at the Strasburg United Methodist Church with Rev. John Hanes, Jr. and Pastor Bill Fitchett Officiating. Burial followed in Riverview Cemetery.

She was born in Strasburg, Va. on Oct. 12, 1932, a daughter of the late Raymond Lee and Catherine Elizabeth Dyke Polk.

She was a member of Strasburg United Methodist Church. Mrs. Kline started her working career with Aileen Inc. in Strasburg where she worked in the administration department. She was a Virginia Licensed Realtor and also worked for R.R. Donnelley in quality control.

Marie loved pulling pottery, basket weaving, gardening and she loved to dance.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Maynard Hite "Chuck" Kline, Sr.; a son, John William Kline; a great granddaughter, Alexis Hyson; and two brothers, Sammy Polk and Woody Polk.

Survivors include her children, Maynard Hite Kline, Jr. and wife, Debbie, of Charlotte, NC, Jane Elizabeth Price and husband, John, of Fishers Hill, Va, Michael Bryant Kline and wife, Cecilia, of Strasburg, Va, Gary Kline and wife, Sharon, of Strasburg, Va, Wanda Kaye Kaetzel and husband, Tim, of Middletown, Va and Robert Wayne Kline and wife, Delores, of Edinburg, Va; her grandchildren, Jamie Hamrick, Janelle Hyson, Jeff Kline, Scott Kline, Greg Kline, Matt Kline, Bobby Kline, Tim Kaetzel, Ivy Kline, Makenzie Kline and Nathaniel Kaetzel; her great-grandchildren, Kaleigh Hyson, Dylan Hamrick, Broden Hyson, Deanna Hamrick, Bryson Kline, Keiton Kline, Lexi Kline, Jackson Kline and Lila Kline; her siblings, Ray Polk and wife, Sylvia, Janet Sturgeon and husband, Virgil, Dorothy Sites, Millie Funkhouser and husband, Alvin; half brothers, Richard Lam and wife, Connie, and Jerry Polk and wife, Maureen.

Marie's sons and sons-in-law served as pallbearers.

The family received friends at Stover Funeral Home on Saturday afternoon from 2-4 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601.

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Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, VA served the family of Mrs. Kline.

Robert E. Miller

Robert Eugene Miller, 82, of Mount Jackson, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. Mr. Miller was born Sept. 2, 1934, in Shenandoah County, son of the late Benjamin Franklin and Pearlie Mae Lindamood Miller.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen Baker Miller, whom he married Oct. 30, 1954. He is also survived by his children, Steven Miller (Tammy) of Rotan, Texas, Debbie Myers (W.T.) of New Market, Sherrie Miller (John) of Basye, Douglas Miller (Christine) of Manassas, Ben Miller (Renee) of Strasburg, David Miller (Kimberly) of Conway, S.C., and Mark Miller and companion, Devon, of New Market.

Also surviving are three sisters, Evelyn Moomaw of Edinburg, Fianna Frye of Mount Jackson and Mary Barb of Basye; a brother, Stanley Miller of Fort Valley; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at 1 p.m. at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Mount Jackson with Pastor Jack Tucker officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Hermon Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Doug Miller, Ben Miller, David Miller, Mark Miller, Joshua Miller, Luke Custer Jr., Steve Miller and Jonathan Miller.

Honorary pallbearers will be Les Warr, Dick Delaughter, Gene Estep, Butch Emerick, Matt Carper, Zach Carper, Al Jordan and Floyd Baker.

The family received friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be given to Open Door Food Pantry, P.O. Box 292, Mount Jackson, VA 22842, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

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Elton R. Riffee

Elton Ray Riffee, 79, of Woodstock, passed away Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 at the Winchester Medical Center.

The funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 2 at 11 a.m. at St. Luke Brethren Church. The Reverends Freddie Helsley and Gregory Miller officiated. Burial followed in the St. Luke Cemetery.

Mr. Riffee was born Dec. 1, 1937 in Baltimore, Md., son of the late Chester Ray and Stella Ellen Ryman Riffee.

He was a graduate of Woodstock High School and was formerly employed with Riddleberger's and Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

He was a member of St. Luke Brethren Church, Woodstock Moose Lodge, Strasburg American Legion and the New Market Eagles.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Eugene, Willard and Robert Riffee and son-in-law, Larry Bowers.

Elton is survived by his wife, Dottie Mumaw Riffee; daughter, Ellen Riffee Bowers of Maurertown; son, Neil Ray Riffee and wife Dawn of Maurertown; two sisters, Barbara Sedwick of Woodstock and Berniece Poe of Browntown; brother, Everette Riffee of Winchester; four grandchildren, Jason Bowers, Connie Morris, Chris Chase and Ethan Riffee; two great grandchildren, Trevor and Dakota Morris; numerous nieces and nephews; and his cat, Maggie.

Pallbearers were Bill Linaweaver, John Whittington, Eric Poe, Mark Poe, Greg Baker and Jeff King.

Honorary pallbearers were Jason Bowers, Connie Morris, Chris Chase, Ethan Riffee, Randy Fansler, Randy Riffee, Danny Riffee, Jerry Sine, David Wood, Matt Morris, Andy Shipp, Mike Wymer, Tim Knicely, Shane Ritenour and David Artz .

The family received friends Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at Valley Funeral Service.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke Brethren Church, 3250 Back Rd., Woodstock, VA 22664.

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Arrangements were the care of Heishman Funeral Home Inc., Valley Funeral Service Branch.

William J. Strickland

William James Strickland, 85, of New Market, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at Sentara RMH in Harrisonburg. Bill was born July 22, 1931, in Coffee County, Ga., the oldest child of the late Elmo and Rachel McClelland Strickland.

On June 18, 1952, he was married to Dorothy Jean Quackenbush, who preceded him in death in October 2005. He was also preceded by two brothers, Benjamin and Robert.

Bill was a member of the New Market Seventh-day Adventist Church.

He was a teacher and school administrator at Shenandoah Valley Academy in New Market for 40 years, teaching Spanish, English, religion, photography, and other subjects as needed. In addition to classroom teaching, he was very involved in teaching students about the outdoors, taking groups on backpacking trips each month in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. In his Spanish classes, Bill tried to stress the opportunities to serve in foreign missions. To introduce students to mission work and to Spanish-speaking countries, he organized trips to Cuba, Mexico, Colombia and Panama, Puerto Rico and Spain. Most recently he traveled to Cuba with a reunion group of students who had gone there with him on a trip in 1960.

Bill is survived by a son, David Strickland of Troy, N.C.; a daughter, Janice Osborne and husband, William, of New Market; a granddaughter, Rebecca Marie Wilson and husband, Brent, of Timberville; three grandchildren, Sadie Jean, Charlotte Marie and Lucy Ellen Bailey; and three stepgrandchildren, Cari Spitler Hartzell, Stephen Spitler and Amber Spitler. In addition, he is survived by foster son, Philip Lorenz, and foster daughter, Glenna Zirkle Shover. He is also survived by a special friend, Mary Farrow.

A memorial service will be held at the New Market Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the school that Bill and Jean loved and devoted 40 years of service to: Shenandoah Valley Academy, The William and Jean Quackenbush Strickland Worthy Student Endowment, 234 W. Lee Highway, New Market, VA 22844.

Arrangements entrusted to Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market.

William H. Sudduth Sr.

William "Bill" Harrison Sudduth Sr. , 78, of Jeffersonton, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 30, 2016. He passed away with his beloved wife, Helen Geraldine Sudduth, by his side.

He was born on Feb. 24, 1938 to the late Turner and Mabel Sudduth.

He was a simple hard working family man who spent most of his life in Middleburg and Fauquier County.

He loved his family with all his heart and is survived by many who will carry on his love. Those family members include his children, William H. Sudduth Jr. and Sheli Paugh of Front Royal, Teresa and Andy Law of Jeffersonton, and Judy Sudduth of Strasburg; his grandchildren, Misty Leonard and Brandon Oliver of Strasburg, Whitney Law of Daleville, Drew and Devan Law of Culpeper and Tiffany Paugh of Front Royal; his great grandchildren, Brooklyn Law and Kellan Oliver; his sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Duke Vickers or Owings Mill, MD.

He was preceded in death by his three infant children; his mother and father, Turner and Mabel; and two brothers, Tommy and Robert "Bo" Sudduth.

Bill served in the Virginia Army National Guard for six years.

Before retirement in 1999, he worked as the manager of Waterford Farm in Middleburg for 20 years.

He loved to fish and was an avid sports fan. In his early days, you could find him coaching slow pitch softball. Most recently, he was certain to be cheering for the Redskins, attending a Nationals game, and rooting on the Virginia Tech Hokies.

The family received friends and family at Royston Funeral Home in Middleburg on Tuesday, Jan. 3 from 6-8 p.m.

A Celebration of Life was held at Long Branch Baptist Church in The Plains on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 11 am. Burial followed in Middleburg Memorial Cemetery.

Friends and family met at The Law's in Jeffersonton, Va. immediately following.

The family request contributions be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Landon L. Weatherholtz

Landon LaVern Weatherholtz, 79, of Quicksburg, passed away Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 at the Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.

He was born Nov. 16, 1937 in Forestville,Va. and was the son of the late James Franklin and Nellie Susan (White) Weatherholtz.

Landon graduated from New Market High School and was a Veteran of the U.S. Army and a long time member of Fraternal Order of Eagles in New Market, where he was in charge of weekly bingo.

He was a huckster in the Washington D.C. area for 36 years. He was affectionately known as the "egg man".

He worked for the Shenandoah County Public Schools as a bus driver for almost 50 years. He was the owner and operator of the Quicksburg Grocery.

For many years, Landon enjoyed raccoon and bear hunting. His later years, he enjoyed fishing with family and talking with buddies at McDonalds.

One of his favorite past times was raising chickens and pigeons with his grandson.

Landon is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Dawn Burner and husband Darren of Quicksburg; one son, Kevin Dail Weatherholtz and wife Krysta of Strasburg; one brother, Charles "Butch" Weatherholtz of Mt. Jackson; and four grandchildren, Mason Weatherholtz, Matthew "Rafe" Burner, Brady Weatherholtz and Caitlin Burner.

A Celebration of Life was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 at the Valley Funeral Service's Chapel with Pastor Larry Rinard officiating. Burial followed in Forestville Cemetery.

The family received friends tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements are in the care of Heishman Funeral Home, Inc., Valley Funeral Service Branch.

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LaRue F. Wilson

LaRue Fauber Wilson, 87, passed away Dec. 29, 2016, at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

She was born April 16, 1929, in Montebello, Va., and was the daughter of Hercy Franklin and Lottie Campbell Fauber.

LaRue married James Moore Wilson Jr. in 1952, who preceded her in death in 2008. She was also preceded by three sisters, Agnes, Myrtle and Novella; a brother, Harry; and granddaughter, Heather.

Surviving are three sons, Glenn (Penny) Wilson of Raphine, Mike (Janet) Wilson of Raphine and Jerry Wilson of Rockbridge Baths. She also has five daughters, Faith (James) Forkovitch of Mount Crawford, Denise (Calvin) Ingram of Craigsville, Linda (David) Murray of Harrisburg, N.C., Laura (Tony) Mancari of Bridgewater and Lisa Wilson of Woodstock. LaRue has 15 surviving grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

LaRue was a gifted musician and started playing her guitar on the radio at 12 years of age. She was accomplished in playing many stringed instruments, and old time bluegrass was her lifelong love. She played with a number of well known artists, her own band and in numerous festivals.

LaRue was also an avid quilter, crafter, dancer, gardener and homemaker. She was a wonderful mother and will be greatly missed.

A memorial service was at Mount Carmel Presbyterian Church in Steeles Tavern Jan. 2 at 11:30 a.m. Visitation followed. At the family’s request, burial was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Carmel Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 8, Steeles Tavern, VA 24476.

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