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VANESSA M. COCHRAN

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    Vanessa Maria Cochran, of Ravenswood, WV, lost her battle with cancer October 12, 2014, in the Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH, eight days after her 51st birthday.
   She was born October 4, 1963, in Parkersburg, WV, a daughter of Ted and Eva Marie (VanHoose) Cochran of Ravenswood.
   At the age of two her parents noticed she would sing herself to sleep. When she turned eight her dad started a band with Vanessa’s older brothers and sister. Vanessa became the lead singer. The group performed at church activities at Charleston and Ravenswood West Virginia.  As time passed the band separated and went their own way, Vanessa then started performing solo at church events, fundraisers, weddings and funerals.
   She was a Ravenswood High School graduate and received a B.A. in Music Education from Glenville State College. She taught music for 28 years in Raleigh, Mason and Wood counties, most recently at the Greenmont Elementary in Vienna, and Martin Elementary School in Parkersburg.
   She was a former violinist for the Ohio Valley Orchestra, and was a former Miss Ohio Valley, and was named, most photogenic in the Miss West Virginia Pageant. Vanessa was also an artist and the Cochran family home is full of her wonderful paintings and drawings.
   In 1988, Vanessa recorded her first Gospel album titled “I Walk By Faith” not knowing she had Hodgkin’s disease. During that time she went through radiation treatments her songs where being played on Radio stations around the state.  In 1993 she made a come back being in remission from her cancer. She recorded a second album “Pure Magic” a country album with music written by friends and family. She performed on telethons to help the sick, jubilees, fairs and 4th of July celebrations throughout WV, and KY. She then recorded an album “O That I Were An Angel” produced by Dick McVey and performed live on the “Grand Ole Opry”. In 1997 she produced a new album titled “One Starry Night” a Christmas album where she performed all the music instrumentals herself. Then, in 1998, she recorded the album “Jesus Is The Key”. The last song she recorded was with Hip Hop artist Big Rich Tha Don. Big Rich Tha Don contacted her through her brother and wanted to do a song with her. She agreed and the song “I Will Always” was recorded over the Internet never meeting the Hip Hop Singer himself.
   She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Marietta Ward, and Ravenswood Branch.
   In addition to her parents other survivors include her brothers, Marshall Cochran (Audrey) of Arbuckle, WV, and Ted Derek Cochran (Karen) of Ravenswood; sister, Mercatrena Cochran Nelson (Stephen) of Statts Mills, several nieces and nephews, and all her students whom she referred to as “my children.”
   Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, October 18, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with Bishop Richard D. Gray of the Marietta, OH, Ward officiating. Burial will follow in Independence Cemetery, Sandyville. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers donations are preferred to:  Cancer Treatment Centers of America, at, www.gatewaycr.org, or (888) 221-2873.

MICHAEL  RAY DURST

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    Michael Ray Durst, 60, of Cottageville, WV, passed away October 10, 2014, in the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, following an extended illness.
   He was born February 23, 1954, in Ripley, WV, a son of Darrell R. and Dolores Mae (Shinn) Durst, of Cottageville.
   He was a carpenter, and 35-year member of the Carpenters Union, Local #1159, Pt. Pleasant, WV. He was a former member of the Cottageville Volunteer Fire Department, and he was an outdoorsman, and enjoyed the mountains and motorcycling.
   Mike was a Christian for 47-years and he attended the North United Methodist Church, Ravenswood.
    In addition to his parents, other survivors include his wife, Vickie Kaye (Johnson) Durst; sister, Sandra Kay Staats (Steve) of Sandyville, WV; nephew, Joey Staats (Melissa) of Knoxville, TN; niece, Leah Staats (fiancé, M.G.) of Sandyville, WV.
   Vickie’s son, Mark Parsons Justice (Barrett) of Charleston; daughter-in-law, Tara Heilman Parsons of Evans; grandchildren, Isabella and Markus; mother-in-law, Carolyn Sanborn of Ravenswood; brother-in-law, Carl Brian Johnson (Gena) of Nelsonville, OH, and their children, Jennifer, Wendy, and Megan, all of Nelsonville.
   Service will be 7 p.m. Monday, October 13, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Mark Price officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of service. Private interment will be in Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville.
   In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the David Lee Cancer Center, 3100 MacCorkle Avenue SE #101, Charleston, WV 25304

NAOMI MARIE KNOPP

Knopp, Naomi

   Naomi Marie Knopp, 78, of LeRoy, WV, passed away peacefully October 9, 2014, at her home, while surrounded by her loving family following an extended illness.
   She was born November 19, 1935, in Pomeroy, OH, a daughter of the late Emory Eugene and Addie Belle (Westfall) Litton. Her husband of 54 years, Otho Wesley Knopp, brothers, Albert Litton, Delbert Litton, Robert Litton, and Donald Litton, a sister, Mabel Branham and an infant sister also preceded her in death.
    A lifelong homemaker whose life revolved around her family, she was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She was a Christian who loved the Lord, gospel music and attending church.
   She was also a Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Yankees fan.
   Survivors include her sons, Wesley Knopp (Debby) of Gay, Larry Knopp (Becky) of Murraysville, Rick Knopp (fiancé, Susan Foster), Jack Knopp (Selma), John Knopp (Paula), and Tony Knopp (Janet) all of LeRoy, and Greg Knopp (Karen) of Clay; daughter, Tammy Lewis (Jeff) of Fairplain; grandchildren, Matthew Knopp, Susan Helmick, Jason Knopp, Gena Nesselroad, Jackie Atkinson, Justin Knopp, Nathan Knopp, Rae Knopp, Derek Knopp, Logan Knopp, Aden Knopp, Ana Knopp, Brandon Lewis, Rachel Lewis, Lexie Knopp and Levi Knopp, and great grandchildren, McKenzi Nesselroad, Isiah Nesselroad, and Hunter Knopp, and her loving cat, Whiskers.
   The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the wonderful caregivers, and Hospice staff for their compassionate care during their mother’s extended illness.
   Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Mill Creek Baptist Church, LeRoy, with Pastor Robert Keen and the Rev. Herman Robinson officiating. Burial will follow in the Baptist Grove Cemetery, LeRoy. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV.

NORMAN C. BAYS

Bays, Norman

   Norman Clinton Bays, 95, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away October 5, 2014, in Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg.
   He was born July 26, 1919, in Burnside, WV, a son of the late, Sherman Henry and Lura (Guthrie) Bays. His first wife, Dorothy Bays, second wife, Mary Wavoline (Smith) Bays, and four sisters also preceded him in death.
   He was a former member of the Civilian Conservation Corps, and was a World War II United States Army veteran. He was a retired millwright from Kaiser Aluminum, Ravenswood, and was a member of the United Steelworkers Union, Local #5669, the VFW, the American Legion, and the Ravenswood Freewill Baptist Church. He enjoyed doing mechanic work on cars.
   Survivors include sons; Ben Sherman (Sue) Bays of Huntington, and Norman Curtis (Mary) Bays of Chesapeake, OH; daughters, Brenda Donohew of Huntington, and Barbara (Ret. Col. Joel) Littman of Belleville, IL; stepchildren, Brady Fry, Jr. (Sandra) of New Castle, PA, Dianna Jean (Myron) King and Sherri Lynn Miller all of Evans, Rosetta Ann (Edwin) Ferguson of Huntington, Tonda (John) Danko of Summersville, of Carroll, OH, Denver David (Kimberly) Fry, and Crystal Dawn (Jeff Williams) Person all of Ravenswood; 16 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and 6 great great grandchildren.
   Service will be 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor Chris Skeens officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service at the funeral home. Committal service with military honors will be 11 a.m. Thursday, at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville, WV.

KENNETH DONOHEW

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   Kenneth Gerald Donohew, 78, of Evans, WV, passed away September 28, 2014, in Select Specialty Hospital, Charleston, WV.
   He was born May 9, 1936, in Evans, WV, a son of the late Ernie Denver and Daisy Violet (Barr) Donohew.  His brother, Wilbur Donohew, and his sister, Lillian Hoschar also preceded him in death.
   He was a United States Army veteran, a farmer, and a retired inspector and loader from Kaiser Aluminum with 31 years services.  He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union, Local #5668, a member of the Jackson County Horse Club, Inc., and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trading.
   Survivors include his sons, Steve and his wife Linda Donohew, Calvin and his wife Lisa Donohew, and Brett Donohew, all of Evans; grandchildren, Jeremy Donohew, Joshua Donohew, Cassie Donohew, Kristy Shaver, Branden Birthisel, Justin Birthisel, Stacy McCune, and Mindy Smith; six great grandchildren; brothers, Grant Donohew and Carroll Donohew, both of Evans, sisters, Vesta Livingston of Evans, and Christina King of Ripley.
   Service will be 7 p.m. Thursday, October 2, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Benjamin Riggleman officiating, and military honors by American Legion Post #107, Ripley. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service. Private interment will be in the Longview Cemetery, Evans, WV.

GARY L. HUGHES

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   Gary L. Hughes, 64, of Ravenswood, WV, went home to be with the Lord Jesus, on September 26, 2014, following a brave battle with an extended illness.  He was surrounded by his wife of 45 years, Sharon Flinn Hughes, and his loving family.  Gary was born in Ravenswood, July 18, 1950, a son of the late Blaine Young and Hazel Elva (Casto) Hughes. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother.
   Gary was a school bus operator for Jackson County Schools with 41 years of service, and a funeral attendant with Casto Funeral Home for 22 years.  He will be remembered as one of the most popular bus drivers for Ravenswood High School extra-curricular events.  He impacted others more by his example of hard work, honesty and loyalty than by his words.  He lived and worked on his family farm his entire life with most of those years spent operating Riverview Dairy.  He was a lay minister in several churches, most recently the Ravenswood Church of God.
   Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Sharon Darlene (Flinn) Hughes; three children (the pride of his life); Jason E. Hughes (Carrie), Jared B. Hughes (Lora), Amanda Hughes Rawson (Kevin); eleven grandchildren, Lakyn Hughes Bourgeois (Caleb), Logan Hughes Harless (Steven), Savannah Hughes, Michaela Hughes, Lane Hughes, Travis Rawson, Ross Hughes, Ethan Rawson, Hayden Hughes, Cameron Rawson and Grayson Hughes; two great grandsons, Carson Bourgeois and Landon Harless; and one sister, Gloria Hughes of Ravenswood.
    Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, with Pastor Mac Riggins of the Ravenswood Church of God officiating. Burial will follow in the Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3—8 p.m., Monday, September 29, 2014, at the funeral home,
   Donations can be made in Gary’s honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at P O Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929.  The Hughes family extends their deepest appreciation to all those who prayed for Gary and a special thanks to The James Cancer Center in Columbus, Ohio for their exceptional care, Fresenius Dialysis Center staff of Ripley, and CAMC—Memorial Division.

DEBRA JANE YOUNG

Young, Debbie

   Debra Jane Young, 53, of Ripley, WV, passed away September 20, 2014, in CAMC Memorial Division.
   She was born October 15, 1960, in Greencastle, IN, a daughter of the late David Russell Frazier, and Sudie Anna (Cottengin) Frazier Hackney. Her brothers, Rex Frazier and William Frazier also preceded her in death.
   Prior to her illness she had always been employed in sales, with her most recent position being a family service counselor for Jackson County Memory Gardens.  She loved her family, and was a member of the Grace Community Church, Fairplain.
   Survivors include her husband, Joseph Lee Young; children, Kevin Ray and his wife, Tara Conner of Ashland, KY, Jennifer Newman of Ripley, Jeremy and his wife, Elizabeth Young of Bowling Green, KY, and Joseph A. Young of Silverton; ten grandchildren; brothers, Charles Frazier, Larry Frazier, Ronnie Frazier, and Darrell Frazier, and sisters, Shirley Frazier, and Linda Johnson.
   Service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at the Grace Community Church, Fairplain, with Pastor Tim Parsons officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service.  Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, has been entrusted with arrangements.

GEORGE ROBERT DELONG

   George Robert DeLong, 60, of Ogden, UT, formerly of Ravenswood, WV, passed away March 1, 2014, at his home.
   He was born June 18, 1953, in Ravenswood, a son of the late George G. and Clara Jewell Harmon Delong.  His brothers, Cyril DeLong, Charles L. DeLong, Cecil DeLong, Paul DeLong, and Allen Harmon, and sisters, Betty Harmon Pickens, and Nina Harmon Roush, also preceded him in death.
   He grew up in Ravenswood, and was a member of the Ravenswood High School graduating class of 1971.
   Survivors include three sisters-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.
   A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, September 27, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with Mark McComas officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service.

GERALD WALLACE RIGGS

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   Gerald Wallace Riggs, 72, of Kenna, WV, passed away September 4, 2014, in the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.
   He was born February 7, 1942, in Sandyville, WV a son of Lillian (Wilson) Riggs Atwell of Sandyville, and the late Carl Riggs. His son, Carl R. “C.R.” Riggs, stepmother, Myrtle Riggs, and a stepbrother, Lou Morgan, also preceded him in death.
   He was a United States Army veteran, and a retired truck driver. He was formerly employed by Liquid Transport, Charleston, and was a member of the Teamsters Union, Local #175, Charleston. He was a member of Ashton Lodge #12, AF & AM, Ravenswood and the VFW, Ripley.
   He enjoyed going to the fair, and truck and tractor pulls. His CB handle was “Bone Crusher,” and he was known for driving the truck with the big yellow banana.
  In addition to his mother, other survivors include his wife Helen Jewel (Gibson) Riggs; son, Bryan Riggs of Kenna; stepdaughter, Teresa (Brent) Casto of Troutman, NC; brothers, Devon Riggs and Dewayne Riggs both of Sandyville; stepbrothers, Max Morgan and Keith Morgan both of Sandyville; grandsons, Nathan Riggs and David Riggs, and step grandchildren, Rachel Dixon, Richard Ratliff, Adam Casto and Sarah Casto.
   Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, September 7, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with John Gunther officiating. Burial will follow in the Independence Cemetery, Sandyville, with military honors by American Legion Post #107, Ripley, and Masonic graveside rites by Ashton Lodge # 12, AF & AM, Ravenswood.  Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service.

PERRY R. MERRITT, SR.

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   Perry Roosevelt Merritt, Sr., 87, of Ripley, WV, passed away August 31, 2014, in CAMC General Division, with his family by his side.
   He was born October 3, 1926, in Parkersburg, WV, the son of Freeman C. and Dora Opal (Cunningham) Merritt. His sister, Ora Morris, also preceded him in death.
   He was a World War II, and Korean War United States Army veteran. He was a graduate of Glenville State College and held degrees in business and public health. He was a retired administrator of the Jackson County Health Department with nearly 30 years of service.  He was a former member of the West Virginia Board of Sanitation, and the Ripley City Council.
   He was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church, Ripley, and he enjoyed woodworking and gardening.
   Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Betty Jean (Daniels) Merritt; sons, Perry Merritt, Jr. of Ravenswood, and Barry Brian Merritt of Kenna; daughters, Kimberly Lynn Merritt, and Candice Renee Davis both of Atlanta, GA; sisters, Agnes Parrill, Doris “Liz LeMac” Boggs, and Della “Babe” Davis, all of Spencer; grandchildren, Megan Renee Davis, Jamie Lee Davis Peyton, and Brittany Marie Merritt, and great grandchildren, Ethan Michael Davis and Holden Peyton.
   Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, September 4, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with the Rev. Herman Robinson officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV, with military honors by American Legion Post #107, Ripley.  Visitation will be 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.
   In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the Jackson County Library.

LUCILLE LAUGHLIN

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   Lucille Laughlin, 95, of Marietta, OH, passed away August 31, 2014, in the Marietta Center.
   She was born October 13, 1918, in Ravenswood, WV, a daughter of the late James Blaine and Roxie (Battin) Shockey. Her husband, Guy S. Laughlin, a grandson, Donald R. Hill, II, a brother and three sisters, also preceded her in death.
   She was a member of the 36th Street Church of Christ in Vienna, WV, a lifetime member of the volunteer program at Camden Clark Medial Center, and a member of Modern Woodman of America. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting and quilting.
   Survivors include her sons and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Sheila Laughlin of Ravenswood, and David Laughlin of Fairmont, WV; daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Don Hill of Peterstown, WV, and Sue and Roger Inman of Williamstown, WV; sister, JoAnn Wright of Huntington, WV; grandchildren, Michael (Amy) Hill, Marti (Billy) Hescht, Scott (Denise) Inman, Lance (Samantha) Inman, Ty Laughlin, Whitney Laughlin, Jonathan Laughlin, and Joshua Laughlin; 12 great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren.
   Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, September 4, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with Minister Mark Mason officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. 

KATHERYN BONNETT

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   Kathryn Marie (McCauley) Bonnett, 81, of Parkersburg, WV, formerly of Ravenswood, passed away August 30, 2014 in the Willows Center, Parkersburg, WV, following a brief illness.
   She was born August 29, 1933, in Ravenswood, a daughter of the late Fred Wesley and Goldie Mae (Angus) McCauley. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Hershel Eugene Bonnett, and a brother “Viv” Wesley McCauley.
   She was a homemaker and enjoyed quilting, sewing, and cooking. She was a Christian and attended the Gospel Tabernacle in Parkersburg.
   Survivors include her son, Carroll Eugene “C.B’ Bonnett of Parkersburg; daughters, Shirley McDaniel of New Haven and Patricia Highlander of Millwood; sisters, Edna Mace of Canton, OH, Thelma Sheppard of Parkersburg, Dottie Morgan of Sandyville, and Betty Martin of LeRoy; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
   Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor Allen Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service on Tuesday, at the funeral home.

DAVID H. BAKER

Baker, David H

   David Hoy Baker, 47, of Given, WV, passed away August 28, 2014, at his home.
   He was born March 20, 1967, in, Ripley, WV, and was the son of Johnnie Hoyt Baker of Given, and the late Barbara Ann (Hosey) Baker. An infant sister, Brenda Sue Baker, also preceded him in death.
   He was a former employee of McDonalds in Ripley, and was a 10-year volunteer for St. Joseph Hospital, Parkersburg. He enjoyed farming, fishing and reading his Bible. He was a faithful member of the Centennial Community Church.
   In addition to his father, survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Edward Allen and Jessie Baker, of Ripley, aunts, uncles, and cousins, and a special cousin, Ruth Parsons.
   Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, August 31, 2014, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, WV, with Pastor Aaron Melhorn officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Leon, WV. Visitation will be one hour prior to time of service.

CHARLENE BIRD

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     Charlene (Akers) Bird, 71, of Smithers, WV, passed away August 25, 2014 at the home of her son in Ravenswood, WV.
   She was a daughter of the late Ed and Jewell Akers. She was preceded in death by a son, James Allen Young; brothers, Johnny, Thomas, Donald Akers; sisters, Susie Kelley and Karen Hunt.
   Survivors include her son; Randy (Julie) Young of Ravenswood; brother, Tony (Debbie) Akers of Montgomery; sisters Gail Spears of Lorrain, OH, Robin Walker of Boomer; 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
   There will be no public services at this time.
   Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV, is honored to serve the Young and Akers family.   

SAMUEL WAYNE SOMERVILLE

   Samuel Wayne Somerville, 60, of Point Pleasant, WV, passed away August 22, 2014, at his home following an extended illness.
    He was the son of Hiram O. “Sam” Somerville of Sandyville, and the late Patricia Louise (Balis) Somerville.
   He was a graduate of Point Pleasant High School and was a self-employed gardener and carpenter. He was a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association and a member of the National Rifle Association. Sam was a published writer, and enjoyed coin collecting, antiques, cars, and he had a generous heart. He was a Baptist by faith.
   In addition to his father, other survivors include his son; Benjamin L. Somerville of Pomeroy, OH; daughters, Samantha “Rosy” Somerville of Nelsonville, OH and Brittany N. Somerville of Parkersburg, WV; brothers, Larry and Jacob Somerville of Sandyville, WV; sister, Susan Vanscoy of Ravenswood, WV; grandson, Isiaih Michael Griffith and his life partner, Susan Beachy.
   Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, August 25, 2014, at the Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with the Rev. Don Balis officiating. Burial will follow in Independence Cemetery, Sandyville, WV. Visitation will be Monday, one hour prior to time of service at the funeral home.

 

DONALD E. DONOHEW

Donohew, Donnie

   Donald E. Donohew, 74, passed away on August 8, 2014 in Holy Rosary Extended Care Nursing Home in Miles City, MT.
   Donald was born on October 8, 1939 in Jackson County, West Virginia to Charlie Ray and Mona (King) Donohew. Don grew up in West Virginia and attended school in Ripley. He attended two years of high school when he lost his father and had to quit school and go to work. He milked several cows and worked different odd jobs to support his mother and younger brother, Albert Wayne. He moved to Arlington, Virginia in the early 70′s and worked in tunnel construction for the subway system in Washington DC. Don met Ione as his work crew ate lunches at the cafeteria where Ione was employed. They were wed on April 22, 1972. They remained in the area moving to Richmond, Virginia and Woodbridge, Virginia while continuing with the tunnel construction companies. In 1977, Don and Ione came out west, moving to Powell, WY. Don worked for Miller Feedlot of Powell for many years. Don then moved to the sheetrock plant in Cody, Wy and worked there until he retired. Don and Ione moved in with Ione’s mother, Vera Archer, at the ranch at Olive, MT in 2002. Don did a few odd jobs and worked on a fencing crew. Don loved to garden and care for his yard. Mowing was a favorite of his. He dug up a couple small pine trees and took them to his Powell, WY home where they grew into big beautiful pine trees.
   Don was a hardworking man but enjoyed working. He liked to be busy and would always lend a hand to anyone. He wasn’t afraid to learn how to do something new. He enjoyed listening to music and playing games especially I Doubt It, Merry Widow and Yahtzee. Don thoroughly enjoyed having his nieces and nephews around him. He loved watching them play or would join in a game with them. They all brought much joy to him. Not very often would you see Don without Ione. He was a very faithful man to his wife of 42 years. Don was a member of the Eagles and an active member of the Methodist Church while in Powell, WY. With some health issues, Don and Ione moved into Holy Rosary Extended Care Nursing Home in 2010. He thought he should help out around there with their yard, so they asked him if he would like to water the many planters they had. Well, no, he thought he should mow! Don was happy as long as he had his wife by his side.
   Don is survived by his wife, Ione, his brother, Albert Wayne (DeeDee) of Ripley, WV, two brother-in-laws, Walter ( ArLynn) and Gordon (Deb), and sister-in-law, Elaine (Ed) all of Olive, MT. Don also leaves behind ten nieces and nephews.

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