Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Clarence W. Dellinger
Clarence William Dellinger, 92, went to his Savior on Wednesday morning, April 3, 2013, from the home of his granddaughter, Pam, and her husband, Kenny, in Keezletown.

Clarence was born on July 15, 1920, to Martha and Noah Dellinger in Timberville and moved to Keezletown in 1943.

Clarence was a fixture in downtown Harrisonburg for 50 years, selling plants and organic vegetables, first at the police station before the parking deck was built and was a founding member of the current Farmers Market located at Turner Pavilion.

 His love of gardening began at a young age helping his mother in the garden when it was considered woman’s work and became a lifelong passion of experimenting with different varieties and methods of growing organically. This led him to be one of the first in the state to be certified as an organic grower. He loved to share his knowledge along with his love of the Lord.

 Clarence was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Philippines and Japan.

On June 30, 1939, he married Reba Brown, who preceded him in death on Feb. 8, 2003. Two sons, Wayne and David, also preceded him.
Surviving are seven children, Allen, Jim and Winona, all of Harrisonburg, Jack and his wife, Sue, of Polkton, N.C., John and his wife, Tonya, of Gulfport, Miss., Donnie and his wife, Gwen, of Keezletown. and Ronnie and his wife, Elaine, of Mathias, W.Va.; 20 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by four sisters, Betty Louise Dellinger Ryan of Richmond, Va., Mary Frances Dellinger Billhimer of Pasadena, Md., Helen Elizabeth Dellinger Showalter of Harrisonburg, and Ruby Ellen Dellinger Derrer of Staunton; and three brothers, Nora Calvin Dellinger of Oroville, Calif., William Franklin Dellinger of Edinburg, and Carroll Lee Dellinger of Mount Jackson. Clarence was preceded in death by three brothers, Galen Joseph Dellinger, Leroy Allen Dellinger and Stanley Thomas Dellinger; and three sisters, Edna Arlene Dellinger Lantz, Marie Dellinger Crider Godlove and Delia Mae Dellinger Crider.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Lindsey Harrisonburg Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Lindsey Harrisonburg Funeral Home with Pastor Dean Williams officiating. Interment will follow in the Keezletown Cemetery with military rites by the Dayton American Legion Post 27.

Clarence gave his life to the Lord at a young age and at 16, wrote down 10 principles that guided his life with honesty, fairness and integrity in his relationship and his business. He served as a model on what it meant to have a growing relationship with the Lord and he passed it on to his family and everyone he met. He will be greatly missed.

Memorial contributions may be sent to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 144, Timberville, Va. 22853.

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Mary Showalter
Mary Ellen Myers Showalter died April 2, 2013, at the Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester, Virginia, after an extended illness.
Mrs. Showalter was a dancer and dance teacher in the early 1950s and also ran her own dance studio in Woodstock for a short time. Later, she went to work for the Fairfax County school system, retiring in 1984.
She previously lived in Herndon, Virginia, and Hurricane, West Virginia, before returning in 1996 to the farm in Toms Brook where she grew up.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Anna Lee Myers Wilson, who passed away in 2009; and her brother, Edgar A. Myers, who passed away in 2010.
Mrs. Showalter was born in Toms Brook on December 24, 1933, the daughter of the late John A. and Mary V. Myers.
Mrs. Showalter is survived by her husband of 60 years, Jack Showalter of Toms Brook; a daughter, Debbie Brown of Laurel, Maryland; a son, Greg Showalter of Toms Brook; and a grandson, Frank Showalter of Basye.
Burial will be at St. John’s United Church of Christ Cemetery near Toms Brook, Virginia, on April 5 at 11 a.m. A graveside service will be conducted by Pastor Joe Fleming of St. Johns.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in memory of Mary Ellen Showalter, with a designation to the Dr. Linda Duska Research Fund to University of Virginia Health Foundation, P.O. Box 400807, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4807.
Contributions may also be made in memory of Mrs. Showalter to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Winchester, Virginia 22601.
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Marie H. Waggy
Marie Helen Waggy, 87, of Mount Jackson, died Monday, April 1, 2013, at Winchester Medical Center.

Mrs. Waggy was born Aug. 5, 1925, in Conicville, daughter of the late Earl Francis and Ervie Mae Polk Lutz.
She was former co-owner of Waggy’s Jewelry Store in Mount Jackson and Lexington. Mrs. Waggy was a former member of Mount Jackson Order of Eastern Star Chapter 162. She was a member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Mount Jackson.
She is survived by her husband, Forrest Ervin Waggy, whom she married March 18, 1945.
She is also survived by two daughters, Lois Waggy Burkhart and husband Gene of Stephens City, and Jean Waggy McLaughlin and husband Michael of Martinsburg, W.Va.; five grandchildren, Tracy Burkhart Riley, Trisha Burkhart Foreman, Jeremy McLaughlin, Kevin McLaughlin and Aaron McLaughlin; and three great-grandchildren.

 Mrs. Waggy was preceded in death by four brothers.

A funeral service was held Thursday at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church with the Rev. Matthew A. Diehl officiating. Burial followed at Mount Jackson Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jeremy McLaughlin, Kevin McLaughlin, Aaron McLaughlin, Ken Foreman, Hallie Lutz and Kenneth Lutz.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 484, Mount Jackson, Va. 22842.

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Eugene A. McIlwee
Eugene A. McIlwee, 90, of Zepp, (Shenandoah County), Virginia, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, Woodstock, Virginia, from complications of pneumonia.
He was born at Zepp on the Charlie McIlwee place, his grandfather’s farm, on July 13, 1922, the only child of the late Paul H. and Hester E. Orndorff McIlwee.
When he was 7 years old, he and his parents moved several miles up the road to the farm where he and his wife raised their children and he lived the remainder of his life. On December 7, 1940, he married his childhood sweetheart, Alma Elaine Herbaugh, a union which lasted 66 years until her death on March 2, 2007. That union bore two daughters and four sons.
Mr. McIlwee was a lifetime poultry, dairy and livestock farmer. He raised laying hens and boilers, ranged turkeys in the 1950s and maintained a 50-cow dairy herd until 1978. Most Mondays he could be found at the Winchester Livestock Market buying feeder calves for his feedlot. An industrious man, he never knew the meaning of the words “quit” or “retirement” and was active on the farm until the last six months of his life. A true farmer, he had a great love for the land and instilled in his family the respect for nature and all living things. He was always up at daylight and out and about on his ATV four-wheeler checking cattle and looking for deer and other wildlife.
Mr. McIlwee always stressed to his family the importance of hard work and a good name as well as the qualities of honesty, integrity and responsibility. He was an avid squirrel, turkey and deer hunter and enjoyed trout fishing in past years. Hunting morel mushrooms each spring was a passion, as were his black and tan coon dogs.
In his later years, much of his time was spent in “The Box Shop” building several thousand boxes and other items from different species of lumber that he cut on the farm.
A veteran of World War II, he served his country in the U.S. Army in the European Theater of Operations in England, France and Belgium.
Mr. McIlwee, a member of the Cedar Creek Christian Church, was a good and decent man who valued his independence and freedom to live his life his own way. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. “He fought the good fight and finished the race.” May he rest in peace.
He is survived by two daughters, Shelby M. Hollar (Mike) of Edinburg, and Jo Anne M. Carper (Marshall) of Stephens City; three sons, Eugene Jr. (Judy) of Staunton, Douglas (Mary) of Woodstock, and Robert (Suzanne) of Zepp; nine grandchildren, Stacey Hollar Smith (Matt), Travis M. Hollar (Dena), Darren Carper (Danett), David Carper (Devon), Megan McIlwee, Jason McIlwee (Katie), Bryan McIlwee (Jessie), Amy McIlwee Paynter and Jennifer McIlwee (Jerry McClanahan); and eight great-grandchildren, Madison Smith, Andrew Hollar, Olivia Hollar, Declan Carper, Nicholas McIlwee, Ellie McIlwee, Tripp Paynter and Baxter Paynter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alma; a son, Kenneth Eugene; and a great-grandson, Owen Michael Hollar.
A funeral service was conducted by Pastor Rick Looman in the Dellinger Funeral Home Chapel in Woodstock on Thursday, April 4, 2013. Burial followed in the Cedar Creek Christian Church Cemetery at Zepp.
Pallbearers were grandsons and family members.
Memorials can be made to Cedar Creek Cemetery Association, c/o Nikki Strosnider, Treasurer, 5373 Zepp Road, Maurertown, Va. 22644.
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James Allamong Sr.
James Randolph Allamong Sr., 54, of Frederick County, Virginia, died Sunday, March 31, 2013, in his home.
Mr. Allamong was born in 1958, in Winchester, Virginia, the son of Winona Ann Sudo and the late William Harvey Allamong Sr.
He was a self-employed handyman. Mr. Allamong enjoyed working on cars, spending time with neighbors, and never meeting a stranger. His neighbors considered him a ray of sunshine.
Surviving with his mother of Flint, Michigan, are his daughter, Roxanne Allamong of Mount Jackson, Virginia; a son, James R. Allamong Jr. of Winchester; two grandchildren, Zenobia Lute and Alton Sullenberger. both of Mount Jackson, Virginia; three sisters, Pamela Dawn Allamong of Flint, Michigan, Donna Ann Allamong of Augusta, West Virginia, and Bonnie Gail Wright of Stephens City, Virginia; two brothers, William “Bill” Harvey Allamong Jr. of Stephenson, Virginia, and Thomas Lee Allamong of Flint, Michigan; a friend, Isabella Steele “Isa”; and his former wife, ElizabethLorraine Stickle.
A memorial visitation was held on Thursday, April 4, at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork St., Suite 405, Winchester, Virginia 22601.

James A. Mitchell
James Arthur Mitchell, 79, of Strasburg, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Heritage Hall Healthcare of Front Royal.
A graveside service for Mr. Mitchell was conducted Monday, April 1, 2013, Panorama Memorial Gardens, Warren County.
He was born in Warren County, Va., on June 25, 1933, a son of the late Chester Allen Arthur Mitchell, and Halcyon Baker Mitchell.
He was a lifetime member of the local Carpenters chapter, 2033 of Front Royal, and was the husband of the late Helen T. Mitchell.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Clifton Mitchell.
Survivors include a daughter, Brenda St. Amand and husband Paul of Strasburg; and a son, Denis Mitchell of Front Royal. A “granddaddy” to four grandchildren, Shannon White, Courtney St. Amand, Dylan and Brandon Mitchell; and great-granddaughter Kolbie St. Amand.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Strasburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 620, Strasburg, Va. 22657.
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William R. Shifflett Sr.
William Ray Shifflett Sr., 78, of 917 W. Main St., Luray, Va., passed away Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Page Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Timberville, Va., on March 30, 1935, and was the son of the late Waymond Shifflett and Virginia Vann Shifflett Drummond.
Bill was employed by Wilson Trucking for 12 years, followed by Great Eastern Resort as superintendent of Grounds and Maintenance for 26 years. Prior to his retirement, he was service manager for Star Heating and Cooling.

He was first married to Ashalene C. Cline on June 18, 1955, who preceded him in death on Sept. 30, 1985. He married Nancy Lee Shenk Shifflett on April 2, 1994, of Luray, Va., who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are four children, Ann S. Royer (Larry) of Harrisonburg, the Rev. William R. Shifflett Jr. (Lisa) of Edinburg, Preston F. Shifflett (Peggy) of Grottoes, and Eric Scott Shifflett of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; three stepchildren, Susan S. Dinon (Victor), M. Franklin Shenk III (Gwen) of Luray, and Betty Ann Axline (Bobby) of Stanley; and a sister, Marie Rush of Broadway. He is also survived by six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; five step grandchildren; and nine step great-grandchildren.

 One sister, Joann S. Shirkey, preceded him in death.
Bill enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. He had been active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, serving as Past Post Commander of Elkton VFW 9292 for six terms, 7th District Commander for two terms and was appointed as VFW Inspector for the State of Virginia for several terms. Bill was instrumental in keeping the DAV Van on the Elkton route active, serving as van coordinator for 14 years for the VA Center in Martinsburg, W.Va. Until his recent illness, he served as Virginia Voluntary Service Representative for the VA Center in Martinsburg, as well as representing veterans on the Veterans Satisfaction Steering Committee at Martinsburg. He was a member of VFW 9292, Elkton. Bill also served on the board of the Luray Wranglers and volunteered with whatever needed to be done during the season because of his passion for baseball. He was also a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and Tuesday Night Supper Club.

A memorial service will be conducted Saturday, April 6, at 2 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church by the Rev. R. Nicholas Eichelberger. Burial will be private at Fairview Church of the Brethren Cemetery in Timberville with military honors by VFW Post 9292.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VA Medical Center Volunteer Service, 510 Butler Ave., Martinsburg, W.Va. 25405, (earmark) in memory of Bill Shifflett, Elkton Van Fund.

Jessica L. Mitchell
Jessica Leigh Tice Mitchell, 35, of Chesterfield, VA, formerly of Front Royal, VA died on Friday, March 29, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Midlothian.
A funeral service was held on Thursday, April 4, at Maddox Funeral Home conducted by Pastor Jim Rogers.
Jessica was born March 1, 1978, in Front Royal, Va., daughter of David Eugene Tice and Dorothy Jean Henry Tice of Front Royal.
She graduated from Warren County High School in 1996 and received her bachelor’s degree from James Madison University in 2000. She worked for Invincia Insurance Company as a claims adjuster.
Surviving along with her parents are two children, Caroline Ophelia Mitchell and Camden Kincade Spiker; one sister Jennifer Lynn Williams and husband Buzzy of Front Royal; her fiance, Jeremy Spiker; two special nieces, Ashley and Kristin Williams; and close family friends, Pete and Jackie Pomeroy.
Memorial contributions may be made to the education fund for her children at First Bank c/o Pete Pomeroy, 1717 N. Shenandoah Ave., Front Royal, Va. 22630.

Twilla F. Wimer
Twilla Freda Wimer, 78, of Timberville, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Life Care Center, New Market.
She was born August 3, 1934 in Pendleton County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Arodi and Julie Arbogast Lambert.
She was a homemaker.
The funeral will be conducted Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Bright Days Church, Mt. Jackson, with Pastor Larry Rinard officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Jackson Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Carl Wimer; two daughters, Freda Sigler and Patsy Peterson, both of Mt. Jackson; two sons, Richard Wimer of Edinburg, and Kenneth Wimer of Timberville; two sisters, Ann Knight of Edgewood, Md., and Rita Dickey of Pennsylvania; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Twilla Wimer Burial Fund, 14116 S. Middle Rd., Edinburg, Va. 22824.
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Sara E. Armani
Sara Elizabeth Jackson Armani, 79, of Strasburg, Virginia, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in her home.
She was a loving mother, sister, aunt and friend.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Esther Boyd Animal Shelter, 161 Fort Collier Rd., Winchester, Virginia 22603.
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