Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Kenneth W. Bowen

Kenneth (Ken) W. Bowen, of Charleston, VT and Strasburg, Va., passed away peacefully on Feb. 11, 2017 at Winchester Medical Center at the age of 88.

Ken was born on 28 June 1928 in Spencer, Tenn.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Kolar and their two children, Kolar (Susan) and Amiira (Megan). He is also survived by three children from a previous marriage: Karen Dahle (Arthur), Lu Desrosiers (Peter) and Mark Bowen; and grandchildren, Jennifer (Chris), Billy (Kate), Mike, Mary Beth, Nora, Jack, Will, Lucas; and a great-granddaughter Ava.

Ken enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1946 and retired with the rank of Captain in 1975. He served in the Korean War as a forward observer of Naval gunfire and artillery. During the Vietnam War he was officer in charge of a Prisoner of War compound and an interrogation staff.

Upon retiring from the Marine Corps, he worked for the Computer Services Corporation as a systems analyst in Tehran, Iran for two years accompanied by his wife, Nancy, and their two children.

He left CSC in 1982 to accept the position of International Marketing Manager for defense contractor, Watkins - Johnson. He traveled regularly to South America, Egypt, Pakistan, Kuwait, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and China to consult with his sales agents there. He was a graduate of several schools and courses, including Arabic and Persian (Farsi) schools at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, but his most prized award was his parachutist wings which he earned in 1967 at the age of 39.

In compliance with his instructions, there will be neither a military nor civilian ceremony. Rather, there will be a private family celebration of his adventurous and happy life.

You can honor Ken by considering a donation to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV#22) which benefits Northeast Kingdom Veterans by providing van transport to the V.A. hospital in White River Junction, VT. DAV Chapter #22, P.O. Box 735, Derby, VT 05829.

You may submit condolences to the family and sign the guest book online at 

Stover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, Va is serving the family of Mr. Bowen.

John W. Crider

John Wayne Crider, 54, of Broadway, Va., died Feb. 12, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born June 4, 1962, in Rockingham County to Patricia Gay Smith Small of Broadway and the late John Paul Crider.

John had worked at Bowman Orchards.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are two daughters, Sarah Crider and Crystal Harmon, both of New Market; one son, Brian Crider of Broadway; one brother, three sisters and seven grandchildren.

Pastor William Shifflett conducted a graveside service 11 a.m. Wednesday at Caplinger Cemetery in Criders.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Grandle Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grandle Funeral Home, P.O. Box 114, Broadway, VA 22815, to help with expenses.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Robert F. Dever

Robert F. Dever, 99, of New Market, passed away Feb. 12, 2017 at Shenandoah Place of New Market.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at Manor Memorial United Methodist Church, New Market. A reception will follow in Farrow Hall at the church. Private internment will follow at a later date in Riverview Cemetery, Strasburg.

Bob was born Jan. 29, 1918 at Fayette Co. WV. He was the youngest child of the late Rev. George Bayley and Mary Mandana Bartlett Dever.

He worked on the family farm and graduated from Ansted High School in 1935. He graduated from West Virginia University with a BS in Agriculture. During college he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as an aviation cadet. He was called to active service in 1942. Serving in the Pacific as a pilot or landing signal officer he was honorably discharged in Feb., 1946.

Bob was transferred by the U.S. Agricultural Dept. in 1946 to Martinsburg, WV and later returned to West Virginia University where he received a Master of Science degree. He worked as a research soal scientist in Beltsville, Md., until his retirement.

He was a member of Manor Memorial United Methodist Church and had sang in the choir.

His beloved wife, Ellen Brumback Dever, passed away July 8, 2016.

Surviving are three children, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, as well as four dedicated and compassionate caregivers, Jackie, Roberta, Joanne and Rosemary.

In lieu of flowers, make contributions to Belle Grove National Trust.

Arrangements are by Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market.

Charles E. Feathers

Charles Edward Feathers, 79, of Strasburg, passed away Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 at the Winchester Medical Center.

A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at Cedar Creek Christian Church, Zepp with the Rev. Ron Stiefel officiating. Burial followed in the Cedar Creek Christian Church Cemetery.

Mr. Feathers was born Dec. 23, 1937 in Strasburg, a son of the late Clyde Henry and Louise M. Putman Feathers Sr.

He was retired from the Riverton Corp. as a purchasing agent with 41 years of service and was a member of Woodstock Moose Lodge.

He was the husband of the late Ann Kathryn Whittington Feathers.

Surviving are his children, Ronald E. Feathers and girlfriend Martha Funk of Maurertown, Steven Allen Feathers of Bentonville, Sandra L. Feathers, and Charles H. Feathers and wife Wendy, all of Strasburg; his sister, Eleanor Brooks of Strasburg; and five grandchildren.

You may submit condolences to the family and sign the guestbook online at

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

Susan C. Hansberger

Susan Carol Hansberger, 63, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 in Winchester, Virginia.

Mrs. Hansberger was born in 1954 in Virginia, the daughter of the late Preston E. and Juanita G. Baker.

She graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School and co-owned Big Boyz Towing and Transport in Fredericksburg with her late husband, Dwight.

Her husband, Dwight Douglas Hansberger, whom she married in 1990 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, preceded her in death on Aug. 26, 2015.

Surviving is a son, James "Jamie" Newland Jr. (Tiffany) of Edinburg, Virginia; step-sister, Abigail Hansberger of Timberville, Virginia; grandchildren, Leighton LeeAnn and Aubrey AnnaGale Newland, both of Edinburg, Virginia; and brother, Jerry W. Baker (Sharon) of Winchester, Virginia.

The family will receive guests at a Celebration of Life to be held Saturday, Feb. 17, 2017 at the Mt. Jackson Rescue and Fire Event Hall from 1 - 3 p.m.

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Rebecca Hoover

Rebecca "Becky" Hoover, 80, of Woodstock, passed away Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 at her home.

A funeral service was held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Antioch Church of the Brethren in Woodstock. Reverend George Bowers officiated. Burial will be private at a later date.
 The family received friends Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the church.

Mrs. Hoover was born Dec. 30, 1936 in Shenandoah County, daughter of the late Preston and Anna Wymer Spiker.

She retired from Shenandoah Valley Press after 22 years and formerly worked at Hardee's and Massanutten Military Academy.

She attended Antioch Church of the Brethren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Spiker and sister, Mary Rudolph.

Becky is survived by the father of her children, Wayne Charles Hoover; four children, Chuck Hoover and wife, Penny of Middletown, Kevin Hoover of Middletown, Sheila Payon of Woodstock, and Hank Hoover and wife, Kim of Woodstock; four sisters, Mae Miller of Middletown, Juanita Watts of Middletown, Gladys Ritenour of Strasburg, Esther Cooper of Woodstock; brother, Roland Spiker of Middletown; nine grandchildren, Jessica, Anna, Josh, Alex, Adam, Molly, Whitney, Hank Jr., and Ramsey; and fourteen great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Wayne Miller, Mark Shifflett, Gary Bly, Bill Cooper, Jerry Sine and Larry Wilt. Honorary pallbearers will be the grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Becky Hoover Burial Fund, C/o Valley Funeral Service, 14116 S. Middle Road, Edinburg, VA 22824.

Becky loved her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed bowling, playing cards with her sisters, putting puzzles together and watching the grandsons play sports. She was a dedicated mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

Online condolences may be sent to 

William P. Johnson, Jr.

William P. Johnson, Jr, 90, of Winchester, Va, passed away Wednesday evening, Feb. 9, 2017 at Greenfield Senior Living in Strasburg, Va.

He was born March 3, 1926 in Sandy Level, Va; the son of William P. Johnson Sr. and Futura Adkins Johnson.

Mr. Johnson served our country in the U.S. Army during WWII.

He was a member of the Advent Lutheran Church, a member of Eagles # 824 and Teamsters local # 29. Bill worked for Smith Transfer and later American Woodmark.

William married Martha Whittington, Dec. 29, 1967 in Hagerstown, Md. She preceded him in death.

Along with his wife Martha, he is preceded in death by a step-son, Charles William McIlwee.

Mr. Johnson is survived by two nieces, Brenda Styles and Penny Rawles of Florida, and a nephew, J.C. Brown of Strasburg.

The family received friends Monday evening, Feb. 13, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jones Funeral Home.

A funeral was held Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at the Jones Funeral Home with Rev. Chris Porter officiating.

Burial followed in Shenandoah Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Mathew Jenkins, Gary Oates, Jay Hepner, Ben Burkhart, Michael Collins, and Roy Schwartz.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601.

Online condolences may be left at .

James E. Oliver

James Everette "Jim" Oliver of Strasburg, Va, died unexpectedly Feb. 6, 2017 at his home.

Jim was born to John Princewood Oliver Jr. (deceased) and Margaret James Oliver on Dec. 12, 1952 in Lynchburg, Va.

Jim graduated from Warren County High School in Front Royal and served in the U.S. Navy. Jim was employed as an industrial electrician by O'Sullivan Films in Winchester.

Jim is survived by his mother of Richmond; his son, Jared Wesley Oliver (Andie) of Erie, Pa; step-daughter Katie Ritenour of Winchester; grandchildren Kyrah, Wesley, Blake, Hailey and Jenna; his siblings, John Oliver (Charlotte) of Long Beach, Ms., Rozanne Oliver of Charlottesville, and Arlene Stetson (Philip) of Massanutten; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jim was a quiet man with a wry sense of humor. He loved all sports, especially Redskins football and NASCAR racing, and was a lover of crossword puzzles. He enjoyed cooking and his homemade rolls were a feature of family holiday dinners.

A memorial gathering will take place at Turner-Robertshaw Funeral Home on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 from 5-7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to make a donation in Jim's memory to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202 or a charity of your choice.

Personal condolences may be offered to the family online at

Alice R. Payne

Alice Ryman Payne, 100, a resident of Strasburg, Va. passed away Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at Dutch Haven Assisted Living in Maurertown, Va.

A graveside service for Mrs. Payne was conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at Panorama Memorial Gardens, Warren County, Va.

She was born in Fishers Hill, Va. on Nov. 26, 1916, a daughter of the late William Lester and Pearl Washington Racey Ryman.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Stuart Himelright; her second husband, James Edward Payne; two sons, Rodney Himelright and Kenneth Himelright; and siblings, Mary Clem, Bessie Clem, Dorothy Williams, Arthur Ryman, Lester Ryman, Carson Ryman and Harry Ryman.

Survivors include two daughters-in-laws; six grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; nine great great-grandchildren; one sister, Mable Rickard and numerous niece, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601.

You may submit condolences to the family and sign the guestbook online at .

Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, VA is serving the family of Mrs. Alice R. Payne.

Ervin E. Rohrbaugh

Ervin Eugene "Gene" Rohrbaugh, 80, of Star Tannery, passed away Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at Brookside Rehab & Nursing Home in Warrenton, Va.

A funeral service for Mr. Rohrbaugh will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at Stover Memorial Chapel with Pastor Scott Priest officiating. Burial will follow in the Hampton Cemetery, Star Tannery, Va.

He was born on July 3, 1936 in Jordan Run, WV, a son of the late George Ervin and Nellie R. Rohrbaugh.

Mr. Rohrbaugh was owner of E. E. Rohrbaugh & Sons Custom Building & Excavating.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Jean Davis Rohrbaugh and a son, Randy Gene Rohrbaugh.

Survivors include his children, Gerald Lynn Rohrbaugh of Front Royal, Va. and James Darrell Rohrbaugh and wife Becky of Maurertown, Va; eight grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.

The family received friends at Stover Funeral Home on Thursday evening.

Memorials may be made to the Star Tannery Volunteer Fire Department, 950 Brill Road, Star Tannery, VA 22654.

"I'm Gone to the Barn."

You may submit condolences to the family and sign the guest book online at .

Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, VA is serving the family of Mr. Rohrbaugh.

Ruth Marie W. Shaver

Ruth Marie Wetzel Shaver, 92, of Harrisonburg, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 at Willow Estates Retirement in Penn Laird.

Mrs. Shaver was born on March 14, 1924 in Woodstock Va. and was the daughter of the late William Luther and Mary Ellen Gochenour Wetzel.

She was also preceded in death by a son, James Berlin George Jr.; brothers, Allen Wetzel, Guy Wetzel and George Wetzel; sisters-in-law, Virginia Hollar Wetzel and Rachel Reynolds Wetzel; and special friend, Howard Wells Burnshire.

Before moving to Harrisonburg in 1960, she owned and operated the Stonewall Terrace Gift Shop.

She has been a member of the Muhlenberg Lutheran Church since moving to the Valley.

She opened the R and R Trading Post, a family restaurant, gift shop and gas station. She was partners with Dick and Elaine Strawderman in the Double S Catering Service for many years.

Ruth was never one to stop working after retiring from the restaurant and catering services. She went on to work in the cafeteria at Dunham Bush and later was a demo representative at Costco, where she enjoyed meeting people and keeping in touch with friends.

Mrs. Shaver loved the Lord, going to church, traveling to new places, cooking, sharing her talents with others, and keeping in touch with family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Peggy George Simmons and husband Jerry David of Harrisonburg; brothers, Wayne Wetzel and wife Betty of Clearwater, Fl. and Landon Wetzel and wife Eddie of Palm Harbor Fl.; two grandchildren, William George and wife Kristina of Wake, Va., and Meghan George of Topping, Va.; step granddaughter, Jennifer Soth and husband Kosal of Glen Allen, Va.; great-grandsons, William “Liam” George and Evan George; step great-grandchildren, Ayden Soth, Olivia Soth and Addison Soth; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday Feb. 18, 2017 at Muhlenberg Lutheran Church with Pastors Bob Humphrey and Brett Davis officiating.

The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m., Friday Feb. 17, 2017 at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, 281 East Market St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 or Community Hospice of America Foundation, 500 Faulconer Dr., Suite 200, Charlottesville, VA 22903.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to Ruth's many friends for their faithful visits, cards and calls during her long illness. As well as the loving care she received at Willow Estates Retirement and from Legacy Hospice.

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Charles E. Swisher

Charles Emmit Swisher, 81, of New Market passed away, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 at home.

He was born July 9, 1935 at Parkersburg, WV. and was the son of the late Charles Emmitt Swisher, Sr. and Anna Lee Dennison Swisher.

Mr. Swisher served in the United States Marine Corp. and was a retired superintendent with Ford Motor Company.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby Fay James Swisher; three children, James Dennison Swisher, Michael Thomas Swisher and Jamie Ann (Swisher) Campbell and six grandchildren.

Interment will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

Cremetion arrangements were handled by Theis Funeral Chapel of New Market.

Charles I. Trussell

Charles Iden Trussell, 69, of White Post, Virginia, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 in the Winchester Medical Center.

Mr. Trussell was born June 1, 1947 in Clarke County, Virginia, son of the late Harvey Tennyson Trussell and Ada Virginia Bolden Trussell.

He married Delores Jane Hillyard Trussell on April 18, 1970 in Stephens City, Virginia. Mrs. Trussell died March 26, 2010.

Surviving are a daughter, Samantha Trussell; granddaughter, Audrey Bowman, both of Strasburg, Va; three sisters, Elva Albright, Susie Hartsock and Stella Mae Richards; and two brothers, Gene and Carroll Trussell.

His brothers, Harvey, James and Leonard Trussell and sisters, Thessie Bell and June Poston, all preceded him in death.

The family received friends Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home, Stephens City, Virginia.

Burial was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Enders & Shirley Funeral Home, memo: Charles Trussell Memorial Fund, PO Box 757, Stephens City, VA 22655.

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