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Dorse J. Harden
Dorse James "Dudy" Harden, 81, of Berkeley Springs, died Friday, August 29, 1997 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg.
Born January 19, 1916 in Morgan County, he was the son of the late Samuel Emery and Lillie Edna Cain Harden.
He was of the Protestant faith.
He attended the New Hope School.
He worked at Pennsylvania Glass Sand Corporation, Berkeley Springs. He then worked, until his retirement in 1981, with Seely Pine Furniture, Berkeley Springs.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from November 18, 1942 until being honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant on March 11, 1946 at Ft. George G. Meade, MD. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Theater Ribbon and the World War II Victory Ribbon.
He was a member of Risinger-Stotler V.F.W. Post #4019, Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post #60, Morgan County Chapter #34, D.A.V., and Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1483, all in Berkeley Springs. He served for many years as a loyal and faithful member of the Tri-State Honor Guard.
Surviving are one sister, Jessie Elizabeth Harden, Berkeley Springs; three nieces; three great nieces and two great nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Catherine Minnie Maiden and one brother, Robert Paul Harden.
Funeral services with military honors provided by the Tri-State Honor Guard were conducted at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 31, at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. Rodney C. Truax officiating. Private burial was in Spohrs Crossroads Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Harden Family Cemetery Fund, Route 1, Box 19, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411. 

Delvan M. Avey
Delvan Max Avey, 73, Great Cacapon, WV, died Friday, August 22, 1997 at his home.
Born June 1, 1924 in Hedgesville, WV, he was the son of the late Paul, Sr. and Edna Lee Moler Avey.
He was of the Methodist faith.
He worked for Western Union Telephone and Telegraph. He then worked, until his retirement, with Pennsylvania Glass Sand Corporation, Berkeley Springs.
He was a member of the Great Cacapon Volunteer Fire Company.
Surviving are his wife, Velda Madeline Whisner Kline Avey, Great Cacapon; three sisters, Juanita Johnson, Eileen Mason and Helen Jean Youngblood, all of Hagerstown, MD; three brothers, Paul Avey, Jr., Hagerstown, MD, Les Avey, Portsmouth, OH and Lewis Avey, Martinsburg, WV and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Nick Avey.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26, at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with Pastor Steven R. Dawson officiating. Interment was in Mt. Nebo Cemetery, Great Cacapon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Great Cacapon Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 247, Great Cacapon, WV 25422 or to the Morgan County Volunteer Rescue Service, P.O. Box 151, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.

Robert W. Young
Robert Wesley Young, 68, of Berkeley Springs, died Thursday, August 21, 1997, at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital, Berkeley Springs.
Born June 25, 1929, he was the son of the late Elmer W. and Elsie R. Wachter Young.
He was a retired coordinator for Rayloc Corp., Hancock. 
He was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church.
He was a member of the Deford Lodge 88 and master in 1969 and 1970, Scottish Rite of Free Masonry 32nd in Martinsburg, O.E.S. 77, Moose Lodge 1483, Osiris Temple in Wheeling, and the AARP.
Surviving are his wife, Grace Brakeall Young at home; three daughters, Bonnie Butts and Barbara Kyne, both of Berkeley Springs, and Brenda Young, Martinsburg; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were at 4 p.m. Sunday, August 24, at the Hunter-Anderson Funeral Home, 106 South Mercer Street, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. Stephen Cuff officiating.
Interment was in Greenway Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 401 S. Washington Street, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411. 
 
Merle W. Keefer
Merle W. "Whitey" Keefer, 65, of Berkeley Springs, WV, died Saturday, August 30, 1997 at his home.
Born June 30, 1932, in Sylvan, PA, he was the son of the late William Ralph and Mary E. Mills Keefer.
He medically retired from Rohrer Industries in Hagerstown, MD in 1992.
He was of the Protestant faith.
He is survived by his wife, Mary E. "Libby" Shifflet Keefer, whom he married on March 12, 1952; six sons, Bernnie Keefer and Kenny Keefer, both of Falling Waters, WV, Terry Keefer, Hancock, MD, Ronnie Keefer, Hedgesville, WV, and David Keefer and Keith Keefer, both of Berkeley Springs; one stepson, Raymond O'Rourke, Hancock; four sisters, Ruby Weaver, Amaranth, PA, Bessie Shilling, Hagerstown, Violet Harris, Hancock and Mary E. Dicken, Clearville, PA; one brother, John H. Keefer, Kaisesville, PA; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Earl Keefer, and two infant brothers.
Services will be today, Wednesday, September 3, at 11 a.m. at Hancock Assembly of God Church, Pennsylvania Avenue Extended, Hancock. The Rev. Charles W. Helms will officiate. Burial will be in Warfordsburg Presbyterian Cemetery, Warfords-burg, PA.
Arrangements are by Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main Street, Hancock. Family will receive friends at the church Wednesday one hour prior to the service.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, WV 25401; or the American Cancer Society, Washington County Unit, 1037 Haven Road, Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Helen S. Shutt
Helen Sylvia Shutt, 82, Berkeley Springs, died Friday, August 22, 1997 at her home in the Greenwood section of Morgan County, while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.
Born February 5, 1915 in Pittsburgh, PA, she was the daughter of the late Sabino and Philomena Zottola Stampo. 
She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Berkeley Springs.
She was a homemaker.
Surviving are two sons, James R. Shutt, Stephens City, VA and Paul T. Shutt, Berkeley Springs; one daughter, Helen Carol Painter, Berkeley Springs; one sister, Virginia Barone, Berkeley Springs; one step-sister, Mary Ziccardi, Pittsburgh, PA; six grandchildren; one great granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Miles Shutt, on July 12, 1983, and four brothers, Ambrose Stampo, David Stampo, Alex Stampo and Paul Stampo.
Memorial services were conducted at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 25 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Route 522 South, Berkeley Springs, with Rickey Wells officiating. Interment was in Greenwood United Methodist Church Cemetery, Unger, at 4 p.m. on Monday, August 25.
Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, was in charge of arrangements.

Shirley J. Ryan
Shirley Jean Ryan, 63, of Great Cacapon, WV, formerly of Baltimore, MD, died Monday, August 25, 1997 at Valley View Nursing Home in Berkeley Springs, WV.
Born August 7, 1934 in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late LeRoy Harry and Violet Jean Irwin Dornbusch.
She was of the Lutheran faith.
She was a real estate broker and partner with Century 21 Colonial Realty, Inc., Berkeley Springs, until her retirement in January, 1996, due to illness.
She graduated from Catonsville Community College, Catonsville, MD in June, 1975 as a registered nurse.
She and her family moved to Berkeley Springs in 1979. 
She worked as a visiting nurse with the Home Health Care Division of Morgan County War Memorial Hospital, Berkeley Springs; worked as a registered nurse with Valley View Nursing Home in Berkeley Springs; was a registered nurse on the Medical/Surgical Unit at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital; served as the director of nursing with Morgan County War Memorial Hospital from 1981-1985 and served as Public Relations Director from 1985-1986.
She was one of the founders and served on the board of directors of the Tri-State Community Health Center in Hancock, MD. She was instrumental in the formation of the Mountaineer Community Health Center, Paw Paw, WV where she also served as president of the board of directors. The waiting room at the Mountaineer Community Health Center was dedicated in her honor. She served on numerous committees in Morgan County, WV, primarily in the medical field.
Surviving are her husband of 44 years, Thomas Robert Ryan, at home; one daughter, Robin Jean Ryan, Berkeley Springs; two sons, Timothy Robert Ryan, Great Cacapon and Steven Thomas Ryan, Berkeley Springs; three granddaughters; two grandsons; one brother, William Dornbusch, Baltimore; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, August 27, at Mt. Nebo Cemetery, Great Cacapon, with Pastor Walter J. Brown and Rev. Hennis H. Fox officiating.
Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Great Cacapon Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 247, Great Cacapon, WV 25422, the Tri-State Community Health Center, 130 W. High Street, Hancock, MD 21750 or to the Mountaineer Community Health Center, P.O. Box 2, Paw Paw, WV 25434. 
 
Detral H. Merchant
Detral Howe Merchant, 71, of Martinsburg, died Friday, August 29, 1997, in City Hospital, Martinsburg.
He was the son of the late Willard and Iva M. Bohrer Merchant.
He was a retired employee of the E.I. DuPont DeNemours Company, where he worked as a foreman on the power line. After retiring from DuPont, he began working with his son who owns and operates the Merchant Machine Shop. He was previously employed by Interwoven Mills.
He was educated in Posie Hollow in Morgan County.
He served with the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Martinsburg Lodge 120, Loyal Order of the Moose and was a member of the Calvary Chapel.
Surviving are one son, Rodney Merchant, Martinsburg; one brother, Ralph Merchant, Cherry Run; one sister, Rosalie Graham, Berkeley Springs; and a companion, Patricia O'Hara. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Velva L. Gray Merchant; and two sisters, Vernie Newbraugh and Evelyn Taylor.
Services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 2, at the Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, with the Rev. Marvin Marcus Caton Sr. officiating. Interment was in Rosedale Cemetery. 

George J. Michael
George John Michael, 63, of Berkeley Springs, WV, died Sunday, August 31, 1997 at the Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, VA, while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.
Born December 17, 1933, in Morgan County, WV, he was the son of the late Leslie Ulrich and Beulah Grace Allemong Michael.
He was of the Christian faith and a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Ridersville, WV.
He was a 1950 graduate of Berkeley Springs High School. 
He had served from 1975-1982 as a Senior Division Coach with the Berkeley Springs Little League.
He was a member of A.A.R.P.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1955-1957, and was retired from U.S. Government service with the West Virginia Air National Guard in Martinsburg, WV. He was a member of Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post #60, Berkeley Springs. He was a lifelong resident of Morgan County, except for military service.
Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Barbara Marie Sheppard Michael, at home; two sons, David Alan Michael, Clear Spring, MD and John Aaron Michael, Shepherdstown, WV; two sisters, Julia Z. Barnhart, Berkeley Springs and Anna Ruth Harris, Baltimore, MD; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Alvin E. Michael and one nephew.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, September 3, at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. William C. Crowe officiating. Interment with military graveside honors will be in the Michael Family Cemetery, New Hope, WV.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Martinsburg, WV 25401 or to the Morgan County Volunteer Rescue Service, P.O. Box 151, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.

Philip P. Darby
Philip P. Darby, 80, Berkeley Springs, formerly of Adelphi, MD, died Thursday, August 21, 1997 at Valley View Nursing Home, Berkeley Springs.
Born February 15, 1917 in Highlands, NJ, he was the son of the late Philip Percy and Alice Darby.
He was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Bladensburg, MD.
He served in the U.S. Navy from January 6, 1941 until his retirement on July 21, 1960.
He was a member of Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post #60, Berkeley Springs. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, Alexandria, VA.
He worked as an engineering inspector with the District of Columbia Government following his military career.
Mr. and Mrs. Darby maintained a vacation home in Berkeley Springs from 1973 until 1989 when they retired and moved here.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Gladys Thelma Booker Darby, at home; one son, Gerald Philip Darby, Median, OH; and one granddaughter.
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 25, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 53rd Street and Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, MD with Fr. Edward C. Raffetto officiating. Interment with military graveside honors were in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suitland, MD.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Morgan County, c/o Dona Wilcox, Route 3, Box 128C, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.
Arrangements were by the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs.

Vivian Whisner
Vivian Whisner, Moscow, PA, died Saturday, August 23, 1997 in the Moses Taylor Hospital.
She was the widow of the late Edward Whisner who died in 1987.
Born in West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late David and Naoma Murphy Culp.
She is survived by one daughter, Debra Swingle, Hamlin, PA; two sons, Ronald Whisner, Atlanta, GA and Steven Whisner, Scranton, PA; two sisters, Shirley Gordon, Tampa, FL and Liesta Shoup, Hancock, MD; one brother, John Culp, Pensacola, FL; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, August 26, at 2 p.m. from the Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main Street, Hancock. Rev. Hennis Fox officiated. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Sleepy Creek, WV.
Arrangements were by the Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church Street, Moscow, PA.

Wilson L. Rhodes
Wilson Lee Rhodes, 79, McConnellsburg, PA, died Saturday, August 23, 1997 at Fulton County Medical Center in McConnellsburg.
Born January 20, 1918, in McConnellsburg, he was the son of the late John E. and Alice McClure Rhodes.
He was a junk dealer for Petry's Junk Yard in Westminster, and worked for Pennsylvania and Reading Railroad in Shippensburg, PA, before retiring.
He attended McConnellsburg Assembly of God Church.
He was a member of Needmore Volunteer Fire Co. from 1976 to 1989.
He is survived by his wife, Beulah Lillian Carbaugh Rhodes, whom he married May 29, 1942; two daughters, Patricia Haines, Broadtop, PA and Roxanne E. Rhodes, McConnellsburg; three sons, Charles Leroy Rhodes and Roger Lee Rhodes Sr., both of McConnellsburg, and Allen Junior Rhodes, Westminster; three sisters, Molly Smith, Big Cove Tannery, PA, Irene Coons, Shippensburg, and Lena Lynch, McConnellsburg; one brother, Lloyd Rhodes, Fort Loudon, PA; 21 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Larry Rhodes; four sisters, Alice Rhodes, Carrie Rasp, Vangelene Rasp and Margaret Atherton; three brothers, Jake Rhodes, Silas Rhodes and John Rhodes; and several half sisters and half brothers. 
Services will be today, Wednesday, August 27, at 11 a.m. at Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, 322 N. Second Street, McConnellsburg. The Rev. Belvy White and Pastor Jack Haines will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawn Memorial Gardens in Chambersburg.
Memorial donations may be made to the Wilson Rhodes Memorial Fund, c/o First National Bank of McConnellsburg, 101 Lincoln Way West, McConnellsburg, PA 17233. 

Clarence W. Vanorsdale
Clarence W. "Willie" Vanorsdale, 61, of Hancock, MD, died Friday, September 5, 1997, at Washington County Hospital. 
Born November 13, 1935, in Magnolia, WV, he was the son of the late Ernest and Margaret Sybold Vanorsdale.
He was formerly employed by the Town of Hancock for 16 years. He retired in 1977 from W.D. Byron Tannery, Williamsport.
He attended the Church of God, Hancock.
He was a member of AARP.
He is survived by his companion of 20 years, P. Chris Stine, Hancock; seven daughters, Chris-tine Drury, Vanessa Kyne and Angela Vanorsdale, all of Berkeley Springs, Deborah Smith, Fort Loudon, PA, Teresa Rohm, Needmore, PA, Amy Teays, Hancock and Crystal Vanorsdale at home; one son, Walter Vanorsdale, Berkeley Springs; two sisters, Betty Roach, Berkeley Springs and Roberta Iden, Hancock; one brother, Leon Vanorsdale, Berkeley Springs; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Charlene Hobday; and one brother, Charles Vanorsdale.
Services were held Monday, September 8 at 2 p.m. at Orchard Ridge First Church of God, Hancock. The Rev. Jeff Hawbaker and the Rev. Eugene Harne officiated. Burial was in the adjoining church cemetery.
Arrangements were by Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main Street, Hancock.

Betty J. Sheeler
Betty Jean (Ayers) Sheeler, 69, of Hagerstown, MD, died Friday, September 5, 1997, at her home.
Born September 24, 1927, in Milwaukee, WI, she was the daughter of the late John B. Ayers and Velma Louise Johnson Ayers.
She was a graduate of Berkeley Springs High School. She later graduated from Hagerstown Business College.
She was employed by Wright Gardner Insurance Co., retiring in 1992.
She was a member of Haven Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her husband, Calvin Wallace Sheeler Jr., Hagerstown; one daughter Diane Louise McCleaf, Hagerstown; one brother, J. Robert Ayers, Berkeley Springs; and one granddaughter.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, September 9, at 11 a.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Boulevard North, Hagerstown. The Rev. Torben Aarsand officiated. Burial was in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Washington County, 101 E. Baltimore Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740; or The John R. Marsh Cancer Center, 11110 Medical Campus Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740. 
 
Joseph W. Randleman
Joseph William Randleman, 51, of Portland, OR, died Sunday, August 17, 1997 at his home.
Born August 13, 1946 in Hillsboro, OR, he was the son of Charles Carroll Randleman of Portland, and the late Anita Mae Randleman.
He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Portland.
He was a licensed nurse and was taking business courses at Mt. Hood Community College.
In addition to his father, he is survived by a sister, Linda K. McCumbee, Berkeley Springs, and two nephews.
Memorial services were conducted Friday, August 22 at the Gable Funeral Chapel in Portland.
Interment was at the Fir Lawn Cemetery in Hillsboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Morgan County Volunteer Rescue Service, P.O. Box 151, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 or to the charity of one's choice.

Stephen D. Ruppenthal
Stephen Dale Ruppenthal, 53, of Falling Waters, WV, died Tuesday, September 2, 1997 at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital, Berkeley Springs.
Born August 13, 1944 at City Hospital, Martinsburg, WV, he was the son of Ercel Buford Ruppenthal, Jr. and Edith Iona McCoy Ruppenthal, of Berkeley Springs.
He was of the Protestant Faith.
He attended Berkeley Springs High School.
Since 1967, he owned and operated Stephen's Modern Homes, Falling Waters, WV.
In addition to his parents, surviving are his wife, Sharon Lee Eversole Ruppenthal, at home; three daughters, Starla J. Hart, Falling Waters, Cindy D. Gray, Springfield, MO, Robin R. Ruppenthal, Hagerstown, MD; one step-daughter, Lisa G. Mosier, Hancock, MD; one step-son, Chad E. Davis, Hancock, MD; one sister, Patricia Jo McKee, Hollywood, MD; two brothers, Ercel B. "Sandy" Ruppenthal, III, Inwood, WV, Michael L. Ruppenthal, Smithsburg, MD; three grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 6, at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, with Pastor Alvin Kyle officiating. Interment was in Snyder's Bible Church Cemetery, Morgan County, WV.
 
Richard T. Maconaughey
Richard Todd Maconaughey, 38, Berkeley Springs, died Tuesday, September 9, 1997 at his home.
Born June 15, 1959 in Morgan County, he was the son of Thomas W. and Wilda M. Barker Maconaughey.
He was a member of the Berkeley Springs Church of Christ. 
He worked for the Morgan County Board of Education in the Maintenance Department. He was a member of the West Virginia Service Personnel Association, and was voted the Morgan County Service Personnel Employee of the Year for the 1996-97 school year.
He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman.
Surviving are his wife of 16 years, Janet S. Messner Maconaughey, at home; two daughters, Erica L. Maconaughey and Jennifer L. Maconaughey, both of Berkeley Springs; one sister, Virginia E. Wilson, Martinsburg; one brother, Thomas L. Maconaughey, Berkeley Springs; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 12, at the Berkeley Springs Church of Christ, 509 S. Green Street, Berkeley Springs, with Paul Cantrell, minister, officiating. Interment will be in Spohrs Crossroads Cemetery, Berkeley Springs.
The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. today, Wednesday, September 10, and from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, September 11, at the Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 306 Union Street, Berkeley Springs and one hour prior to the services at the church on Friday. The funeral home will be open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Thursday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o CNB, 212 S. Washing-ton Street, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.


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