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Mrs. Marie M. (Berg) Kay, 69, of Ripley, formerly of Grant County, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 1985

Born August 1916, she was a daughter of the later Walter Berg and Laura (Barger) Berg. She was preceded in death by two sons.

She is survived by seven sons, Richard, Walter, Ralph, Ronald and Donald, all of Ripley, Delbert of Staats Mills; three daughters, Mrs. Louise Rhodes and Mrs. Fonda Watts, both of Ripley, Mrs. Beverly Bauch of Manassas, VA; three brothers, Austin Berg, Ebert Berg and Foster Berg, all of Maysville; four sisters, Mrs. Velma Goldizen and Mrs. Hazel Heavener, both of Maysville, and Mrs. Allie Rohrbaugh of Mt. Storm; 36 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Vail Funeral Home, Ripley, with the Rev. Raymond Skeens officiating. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley.


Nellie Carmen Keller, 71, of Fisher, died Sunday, April 4, 1999 at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg.

Born October 11, 1927, in Hardy County, she was the daughter of the late Anton Matthew Keller and Trixanna (Vance) Keller.  She was also preceded in death by an invalid aunt whom she took care of for many years.

Miss Keller was a longtime member of the Oak Grove United Methodist Church and a charter member and historian of the Riverside Homemakers Club.

She is survived by one brother, Robert A. Keller of Fisher; one sister, Phyllis Michael of Petersburg; and several aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were Wednesday morning, at the Elmore-Chambers Funeral Home chapel, Moorefield, with the rev. Ted Osgood officiating.  Interment was in the Olivet Cemetery, Moorefield.

Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.


Miss Alice Gertrude Keplinger, 84, of Petersburg and formerly of Maysville, died Nov. 4, 2001,  at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg, where she had resided since April 6, 1987.
Born Oct. 19, 1917, in Maysville, she was the daughter of the late Jefferson Otterbein and Mary Catherine (Keplinger) Keplnger.

She is survived by two sisters, Nettie K. Secrist of Petersburg and Mary V. Bobo of Maysville and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Nov. 7, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Keplinger Family Cemetery, Maysville. (11/13)


Grant Co Press Jan 2004 - ANDY KEPLINGER
Andy Steven Keplinger, 41, of Winchester, Va., died Jan. 28, 2004, at his home.
Born July 11, 1962, in Cumberland, Md., he was the son of Sue Ellen Keplinger and the late Roger Paul Keplinger and grandson of the late Harry and Edna Keplinger.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by three sisters, Tammy West and Tracy Spitler, both of Stephens City, Va., and Katina Carter, Winchester; one brother, Bradley Paul Keplinger, Winchester; and 11 nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Jan. 31, at Calvary Church of the Brethren with Pastor Clarence Davis Jr. officiating. Interment was in Salem Church Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of Omps Funeral Home, South Chapel.


Dorothy Turner Keplinger, 92, of Baltimore, Md., and formerly of Maysville, W.Va., died Saturday, June 25, 2005, at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore.

Mrs. Keplinger was born March 26, 1913, in Maysville, and was a daughter of the late Gabriel Turner and Emma Goldizen Turner.

She was a member of Mount Hebron United Methodist Church.

Her husband, Martin Keplinger, preceded her in death in 1955.

Survivors include a son, Carl "Hobie" Keplinger; two daughters, Nola Murray and Shirley Spurlin; a sister, Flossie Rohrbaugh, all of Baltimore; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The Rev. Stanley Kile will conduct a graveside service 10 a.m. Thursday at Mount Hebron Cemetery in Maysville.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg, W.Va.


PETERSBURG - Evelyn Marie Keplinger, age 87, of Petersburg, W.Va., died Monday, December 6, 2004, at the Grant County Nursing Home in Petersburg.

She was born August 14, 1917, in Petersburg, and was the daughter of the late Robert E. Fout and Mae Marie (Dermer) Fout. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Keplinger on July 9, 1998; one daughter, Cleta Keplinger Bittorf; two brothers, Jesse James Fout and Cecil Fout; and a half-sister, Florence Rinker.


Mrs. Keplinger was a certified nursing assistant for Grant Memorial Hospital and Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital. She was a member of Faith Assembly of God Church in Petersburg.

Survivors include three daughters, Anna Fisher of Petersburg, Naomi Poston of Petersburg and Martha "Marti" Kite of Dorcas, W.Va.; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Friends and family will be received at the Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, the Rev. William A. Fout officiating.

Interment will be held in Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville, W.Va.

Memorials may be made to the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Company or the Grant County Nursing Home 100 Wing.


Arthur--Gary L. Keplinger, 16, died yesterday  May 01, 1972 at his home following an extended illness.

Born December 31, 1955, in Grant County, he was a son of Clara (Rohrbaugh) Keplinger and the late Stanley Keplinger.

Besides his mother, also surviving are six sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Gillaspie, Mt. Storm; Mrs. Rose Wratchford, Petersburg; Mrs. Thelma Kuykendall, Alexandria, Va.; Mrs. Madeline Haford, Sykesville, and Miss Aileen Keplinger and Miss Linda Keplinger, both at home; three brothers, Leonard Keplinger, Falls Church, Va.; Gerald Keplinger, Edgewater, Md., and Dale Keplinger, Petersburg.

The body is at the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, where friends will be received today.

A service will be conducted tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Maysville Gospel Center by Rev. Lowell R. Rogers.  Interment will be in the Maysville Cemetery.  The body will be taken to the church at noon tomorrow.


Helen Arbutus Keplinger, age 90, of Petersburg, W.Va., died Saturday, July 10, 2004, at the Grant County Nursing Home in Petersburg.

Born July 1, 1914, in Scherr, W.Va., the daughter of the late Samuel Secrist and Bertha (Evans) Amtower.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Audrey Cosner Metz, and one brother, Calvin Cosner. She was the last member of her immediate family. She was Brethren by faith.

  Survivors include three sons, Ralph Keplinger, Roger Keplinger and Richard Keplinger, all of Maysville, W.Va.; two daughters, Mary Amtower of New Creek and Irene Smith of Maysville; eight grandchildren, Vernon Amtower, Margaret "Maggie Judy, Richard Amtower, Brenda High, Lori Crites, Eugene Keplinger, Teresa Keplinger and Vicki Hudgins; six great-grandchildren, Melissa Cook, Colton McLean, Cody McLean, Jeremy Crites, Ashley Kesner and Parker Hudgins; and four great-great-grandchildren, Sonya, Brett and twins, Troy and Trey Cook.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, the Rev. Stephen B. Landis officiating.

 Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg.

Memorials may be made to the Grant County Nursing Home, 27 Early Ave., Petersburg, WV 26847.


Cumberland Times-News, Friday, July 8, 1966
Lahmansville, W.Va.--Lawrence A. Keplinger, 39, of Lahmansville, died suddenly Wednesday July 6. 1966 at Mt. Storm.

A native of Grant County, he was a son of Mrs. Emma (Harper) Keplinger and the late Walter C. Keplinger.  He was employed as a truck driver and was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church.

Also surviving are his widow, Clela (Phares) Keplinger; two daughters, Sharon Keplinger and Elaine Keplinger, both at home; two sons Darwin Keplinger and Randy Keplinger, both at home; a sister, Mrs. Flossie May, Lahmansville; and two brothers, Harper Keplinger, Lahmansville; and Home Keplinger, Oldtown, Md.

Services will be conducted tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Lahmansville EUB Church by Rev. Harding Nelson and Rev. Leslie Gillum.  Burial will be in Lahmansville Cemetery.

The body is at the Arnold Funeral Home, Petersburg, and will be taken to the church at 1 p.m. tomorrow.


Lester Emory "Ted" Keplinger, 70, of Maysville died Wednesday September 27, 2000, at the home of his daughter, Gail and Gary Mowery, Maysville, after a brief illness with cancer.

Born April 01, 1930 in Maysville, he was the son of the late William C. and Alice E. (VanMeter) Keplinger.  He was also preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Ida "Peggy" (High) Keplinger, March 08, 1993; one infant daughter; four brothers, Paul Keplinger, Emmett Keplinger, Ezra Keplinger and Charles Keplinger, one sister, May Helmick; and one infant granddaughter.

Mr. Keplinger was a logger, mechanic, avid hunter and gardener.  He was a member of the Petersburg Church of God.

Besides his daughter, Gail, he is survived by one son, Donald Keplinger and wife, Brenda of Maysville; four daughters, Bonnie Parsons and husband, Clark, Brenda Lyons and husband, Mike, Darlene Nazelrodt and husband, Richard and Lisa Hawk and husband, Scott, all of Maysville; one sister, Sarah Cook of Maysville; one brother, Floyd Keplinger of Kingwood; and 13 grandchildren, Amy Parsons, J. W. Lyons, Coy, Chelsy and Caleb Nazelrodt, Brian and Eric Keplinger, Shane, Ethan and Taylor Mowery and Lindsay, Brittany and Shelby Hawk. 

Funeral services were Friday afternoon at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with the Rev. Ernest C. Pennington and the Rev. Daniel B. Baker officiating.  Interment was in Maysville Cemetery, Maysville. 

Memorials contributions may be made to grant Memorial Hospice.


Mrs. Mamie Keplinger, 87, of Maysville, died Friday, June 15, 1984 at Grant Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 13, 1896 in Hardy County, she was a daughter of the late John H. Park and Laura Dell (Swisher) Park. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar B. Keplinger, May 20, 1970. Also preceding her in death were one brother and two sisters.

Mrs. Keplinger was a member of the Pine Grove United Methodist Church at Needmore and attended Mount Hebron United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Kline Gap Homemakers Club and the American Legion Post 78 Auxiliary.

She is survived by one son, O. Vernon Keplinger, Maysville; six daughters, Mrs. Lurene Bridgen, Williamson, NC; Mrs. Maxine Feaster, Petersburg; Mrs. Verna Dell Rupert, Lanham, MD; Mrs. Rhea Smith, Baltimore, MD; Mrs. Mary Feaster, Ridgeley; Mrs. Mildred Feaster, Rock Hill, SC; one sister, Mrs. Ila Judy, Maysville; one brother, Karl Park, Cabins; 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Schaeffer Funeral Home after 10 a.m. Saturday. Services will be conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel by the Rev. Stanley Kile. Interment will follow in the Maysville Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Mount Hebron United Methodist Church or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Gregory Keplinger, Michael Feaster, Bradley Rupert and Terry Feaster.


PETERSBURG, W.Va.  Mary Margaret (Ayers) Keplinger, 93, of Petersburg, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born March 8, 1906, in Pansy, she was the daughter of the late Ruben and Annie Frances (Judy) Ayers. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Leon "Loudy" Keplinger on June 4, 1971; two daughters, infant Annabelle Keplinger and Eula Mae Borror; two sons, Earl Junior Keplinger and Paul Clifton Keplinger; one brother, Glen Ayers; and two sisters, infant Leslie Ayers and Mernie Crites.

Mrs. Keplinger attended Bethel Church of the Brethren.

Surviving are two sons, Warney R. Ayers, Petersburg, and Jesse E. Keplinger, Cusseta, Ga.; four daughters, Goldie F. Reel, Virgie C. Kile, Linda L. Crites, and Rosalie Bell, all of Petersburg; 33 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Schaeffer Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted there on Monday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Paul Donaldson and the Rev. Charles Lomasney officiating.

Interment will be in the Judy Family Cemetery, Landes.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Family, c/o of Mrs. Linda Crites, P.O. Box 343, Petersburg, WV 26847.


Maynard Franklin Keplinger, 83, of Jordan Run, died Sept. 17, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg.
Born Oct. 13, 1921, in Jordan Run, he was the son of the late Edgar G. Keplinger and Nellie (Barger) Keplinger. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, infant Emory Forrest Keplinger, Vernon G. Keplinger and Virgil F. Keplinger.
He is survived by one sister, Effie L. Hesse of Maysville; one brother, Loney M. Keplinger Sr. of Maysville; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral serviceswere Sept 20., at the Jordan Run Church, with interment in Keplinger Family Cemetery, Jordan Run.
Memorials may be made to the Jordan Run Union Church or Grant County Nursing Home.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (9-20)

submitted by Brenda Cleaves


Otis William Keplinger, 77, of Maysville, WV, died Sunday, March 21, 1999 at Grant Memorial Hospital.

Born April 17, 1921, in Maysville, he was the son of the late Jefferson O. and Mary Catherine (Keplinger) Keplinger.  He was also preceded in death by four brothers: Herbert B. Keplinger, March 03, Fred W. Keplinger, July 09, 1998: Martin Keplinger and John Keplinger; three sisters, infant Ruth H. Keplinger, infant Lucy B. Keplinger and Grace Keplinger Weese.

Mr. Keplinger was a foreman of the Petersburg Tannery and worked for Kessel Lumber Company.  He was a custodian for Maysville Elementary School and retired in 1993.  He was a charter member of Maysville Volunteer Fire Company and attended the Maysville Bible Brethren Church.  He was a volunteer at the Grant County Nursing Home and Burlington Children's Home Apple Harvest Festival.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Pauline Alice (Sears) Keplinger whom he married June 26, 1942; one son, Paul Keplinger of Maysville; three daughters, Geraldine Smith of Maysville, Barbara Harris of New Creek and Betty Whetzel of Arthur; three sisters, Nettie A. Secrist of Petersburg, Mary V. Bobo of Maysville and Alice G. Keplinger of Petersburg; 12 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.

Maysville Volunteer Fire Company conducted services Monday evening at the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. 

Funeral services are today, (Tuesday) at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Steve Raines officiating.  Interment will be in the Maysville Cemetery, Maysville.

Memorials may be made to the Maysville Volunteer Fire Company.  General Delivery, Maysville, WV 26833


Grant Co Press Dec 2001 - PAUL KEPLINGER
Paul Edward Keplinger, 71, formerly of Petersburg, died Dec. 11, 2001, at Country Comfort Personal Care, Fairmont, where he had resided the past four years.
Born March 17, 1930, in Keyser, he was the son of the late Ulysses Guy and Nellie Mae (Turner) Groves Keplinger.
He is survived by three sisters, Anna Belle Keplinger of Petersburg, Clara May Kiddy of Parkersburg, and Betty Cook of Winchester, Va. and two brothers, Elwood Keplinger and Donnie Keplinger, both of Petersburg.
Funeral services were Dec. 14, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Mount Hebron Cemetery, Maysville. (12/18)


Cumberland Times-News, Tuesday, December 23, 1952
Petersburg--Robert Keplinger, 70, died yesterday at his residence in Kline's Gap near Maysville.

Born April 17, 1882 in Maysville, Mr. Keplinger held membership in Mt. Hebron United Brethren Church.  He was a son of the late James and Sarah N. (Rexroad) Keplinger.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Bessie (Rohrbaugh) Keplinger; four daughter, Mrs. Harvey Davis, Scherr; Mrs. Chester Marsh, Westernport; Mrs. Thomas Harman, Maysville; and Mrs. William Brogan, Hagerstown; a son, Herman Keplinger, Burlington; two sisters, Mrs. Edward Lyons, Outlook, Wash.; and Mrs. Noah Rohrbaugh, Maysville, and four brothers, Jeff Keplinger, Maysville; Jacob Keplinger, Broadway, Va.; Calvin Keplinger, Piedmont; and Harry Keplinger, Keyser.

The body is at the home.  Services will be conducted tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Maysville Gospel Tabernacle by Rev. Lowell Rodgers, pastor, and Rev. D. A. Frazer, pastor of United Brethren Church.  Interment will be in


Keyser, WV, - Thelma M. Keplinger, 63 of 283 Poplar Drive, Keyser, WV, died Thursday, Mar. 5, 1998, at the Potomac Valley Hospital, Keyser, WV.

Born Sept. 17, 1934 in Grant County, WV, she was the daughter of Leatha V. (Smith) McNemar, Keyser, and the late Henry J. McNemar. She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Samantha Ellen Keplinger who died Feb. 27, 1998.

Mrs. Keplinger attended the Piedmont Pentecostal Holiness Church, Piedmont, WV.

Surviving besides her mother are her husband, Ernest E. Keplinger, three sons, Steven Burgess and wife Marie, Richmond, VA, David Keplinger, Keyser, and Joseph Keplinger and wife Tammy, Norfolk, VA; four daughters, Lisa Long and husband Richard, Keyser, Debra Hambleton and husband David, Keyser, Melissa Love and husband Brian, Ridgeley, WV and Linda Dennis and husband James, "Peanut", of Keyser; one brother Eugene McNemar, Burlington, WV, one sister Freda "Becky" Fertig, Kearneysville, WV; and 9 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Rotruck Smith Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, Mar. 7 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Tom Brackett officiating.

Friends will be received at the funeral home today from 204 and 7-9 p.m.

Interment will be in Knobley Memorial Gardens, New Creek, WV


Thurman Andrew Keplinger, 82, of Petersburg, died Jan. 13, 2002 at his home.

Born Sept. 22, 1919, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late Olie and Mattie (Keplinger) Keplinger. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle (Hose) Keplinger in 1978.

He is survived by special companion, Louise Westfall of Petersburg; two sisters, Emily Veach of Maysville and Verda Shaffer of Cabins and several nieces and nephews, including Ronald "Babe" Feaster of Petersburg, whom he raised.

Funeral services were Jan. 18, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Mount Hebron Cemetery, Maysville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Church of the Brethren, or the Grant County Nursing Home.


From Mineral Daily News Tribune, October 31, 2005 for Wayne Keplinger

Wayne E. "Keppie" Keplinger, 75, of 182 C Street, Keyser, .Va., went to be with his heavenly father on Sunday, October 30, 2005, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland, Md. He courageously battled cancer for the last nine years.

Born June 28, 1930, in Maysville, W.Va., he was a son of the late Jeff L. and Evelyn (Clark) Keplinger.

Mr. Keplinger was a 1947 graduate of Petersburg High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served four years at Bamey AFB, Puerto Rico, as an airframe repairman on B36 bomber planes. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was a Korean War Veteran.

In March, 1955, Wayne was hired at Westvaco as a broke hustler on No. 6 & 7 paper machines. He then moved up to No. 9 paper machine as a papermaker, where he retired in January, 1993 with 38 years of service. He was an active member of the Keyser Church of the Brethren; a member of Boyce Houser Post 41, American Legion and Davis Lodge 51 AF & AM.

Wayne was an avid hunter, fisherman and anticipated fall hunting season so he could enjoy the majestic beauty of the colorful leaves ablaze on the mountain, and the peace and tranquility of walking through the woods.

He leaves us his life's lesson that strong will and persistent determination can truly help one survive and overcome obstacles that seem impossible to defeat.

Surviving are his devoted wife of 51 years, Dorothy "Dotty" (Lewis) Keplinger; his son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Kim Keplinger, of Keyser; his daughter and son-in-law, Julie and E. Kieffer Hess, Jr., of Morgantown, W.Va.; and five grandchildren, Kendra and Kendall Keplinger, Ryan, Cory and Kyle Hess; a brother, Wendell Keplinger; a sister, Phyllis Cosner and husband, Wes; a brother-in-law Roger Lewis and wife, Carole, all of Petersburg; and a sister-in-law, Juanita Martin and husband, Leonard, of Moorefield, W.Va.

He is also survived by eight nephews and three nieces.

Friends will be received at the Markwood Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. with the Rev Dwight Ramsey officiating.

Interment will follow in Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville, W.Va.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations be made to Potomac Valley Hospice, 167 S. Mineral Street, Keyser, WV 26726, or Keyser Church of the Brethren, 150 S. Main Street, Keyser, WV 26726.

Condolences may be sent to the family after Mr. Keplinger's obituary at http://www.markwoodfuneralhome.com/


Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Schaeffer Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Audrey V. Kesner, 81, of Landes, who died Saturday, Mar 13, 1982, in the Grant Memorial Hospital. The Rev. Joseph Eversole and the Rev. Edgar Null officiated. Interment followed in the Yokum Family Cemetery, Landes.

Born at Landes on Nov. 25, 1900, Mrs. Kesner was a daughter of the late George and Ina (Judy) Yokum. Surviving are her husband, Samuel Kesner; one son, Merlin S. Kesner of Landes; four daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Ruth) Kimble, Morgansville, Md.; Mrs. Walter (Norma) Sites, Mrs. Richard (Nola) Mongold and Mrs. Ina Jane Alt, all of Petersburg; two sisters, Mrs. Hugh Calhoun and Mrs. Herbert Alt, both of Petersburg; three brothers, Lester, Virgil and George Yokum, all of Petersburg; seven grand-children and one great grandson.


Ralph C. Kesner, 73, Charleston, and formerly of Petersburg, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, at his residence in Charleston.

Mr. Kesner was born Sept. 28, 1928, in Pansy and was a son of the late Lester D. Kesner and Glenna (Judy) Kesner.

He formerly owned Fort Hill Exxon for over 45 years in Petersburg. He also formerly owned the Exxon Station in Franklin and Moorefield, and Chevron in Petersburg. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Petersburg.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Wanda J. (Mongold) Kesner; his mother-in-law, Evelyn Shobe of Petersburg, two sons, Brandley Kesner of Roanoke, VA, and Brent Kesner of Charleston; two daughters, Kimberly kesner of Laguna Niguel, CA, and Nicki Kesner Burgess of Charleston; one sister, Jean Sites of Petersburg; one brother, Paul Kesner of Petersburg; and four grandchildren, Harrison Kesner, Allyson Burgess, Haley Kesner and Ryan Burgess.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Vernon Kesner.

A memorial service was conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Grace Lutheran Church, Petersburg with the Rev. Larry M. Cantu and Rev. John Mendez, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 5 Pine Street, Petersburg, WV 26847.


Arthur Edward "Mike" Kessel, 69, died Wednesday, September 26, 2001 at his residence of Williamsport, WV.

Mr. Kessel was born on November 21, 1931 in Scherr, WV.  He was the son of Alice M. (Wolfe) Kessel and the late Arthur E. Kessel of Petersburg, WV.  Alice M. Kessel is currently a resident of the Grant County nursing Home. 

Mr. Kessel graduated from Petersburg high school and attended Potomac State College, Keyser, WV.  He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the American Legion Post 78 and Potomac Highlands, WV post 6454.

He was a lifetime farmer.  He was a Grant County Commissioner for three terms and served on the board of directors of the Grant County Nursing Home.  He was a charter member and vice president of the Patterson Creek Ruritan Club and was a board member of the Region 8 Planning and Development council.  He formerly served on the Grant County Airport Authority and the Grant Memorial Hospital Board of Directors ASCS committee.

He was preceded in death by 3 half brothers, Lynn Kessel, Leon Kessel & Dorsey Kessel; one grandson, Logan Michael Kessel.

Surviving is his mother, Alice M. Kessel  & Phyllis K. Cessna of Martinsburg, WV mother of his children, Maris Kessel Clark and husband Lysle of Williamsport, WV, Michael E. Kessel and wife, Brenda of Williamsport, WV Todd A. Kessel and wife Becky of Williamsport, WV; six grandchildren, Shannon Kessel, Lindsey M. Kessel, Tara M. Clark, Kevin R. Clark, Cameron L. Kessel, and Shayla L. Kessel, two brothers, L. Keith Wolfe, Petersburg, WV and Harold J. "Donnie" Kessel of Williamsport, WV, one great granddaughter, Sydney Elizabeth Beach.

Visitation will be at 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Saturday at the schaeffer Funeral home.  Memorial Service will be 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Petersburg First Baptist church with Pastor Greg Bland presiding.  Military burial will be at Lahmansville Cemetery Lahmansville, WV by Combined Military Organizations of Grant County, Memorial contributions may be made to Patterson Creek Ruritan Scholarship Fund HC 84 Box 81 A. Arthur, WV 26847


Elinor E. Kessel, 72 of 1065 Florida Avenue, Keyser died Monday February 28, 1994 at Sacred Heart Hospital.

Born June 08, 1921 at Arthur, WV, she was a daughter of the late Leslie and Nellie V. (Foley) Evans.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dorsey R. Kessel on October 08, 1970 and by one brother, Solie Gene Evans.

Mrs. Kessel attended the Mount Zion Church on Knobley Road, Keyser and was a member of the Women of the Moose, Lodge 662, Keyser.

Surviving are two sons, Lawrence Kessel of Cumberland and Richard Kessel of Keyser; two daughters, Elaine Rotruck and husband Lawrence of New Creek, WV and Karen Hott of Keyser; one brother, Joe Evans of Killen. AL; one sister Betty Jordan of Fullerton, CA; one foster sister, Virginia Fico of Anaheim, CA; 10 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.


Ethel L. Kessel, 61, of Beverly, formerly of Petersburg, died at the home of her daughter, Deborah Handley, in Bridgeport on Febraury 6,1987.

Born March 6, 1925 in Grant County, she was the daughter of the late Howard Crites and Ollie Mae Secrist.

Mrs. Kessel was a member of the First Assembly of God Church, Elkins and a bookkeeper for R. W. Yeager Trucking Company, Norton.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Frank E. Webb in 1950 and her second husband, Lynn W. Kessel in 1970.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Virgil (Deborah) Handley, Bridgeport, Mrs. Craig (Sandra) Lovstad, Council Bluffs, Iowa; two sisters, Mrs. Hugh (Dora) Allen, Cabins, Miss Betty Crites, Cabins; one brother, Odell Crites, Winchester, Va., and four grandchildren.

Services were held at the Faith Assembly of God Monday afternoon with the Rev. R. D. Smith officiating. Interment was in the South Branch Memorial Gardens.

The family requests that memorials be made to the People's Hospice Unit of Harrison County, Clarksburg.


Evers T. Kessel, services for Evers T. Kessel 273 south Main street, who died Tuesday July 29, 186 at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, were conducted Friday at Rogers Funeral Home with Rev. M. R. Floyd officiating.  Interment was in Lahmansville Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Kelly Yokum, Richard Kiser, James Chidester, Kenneth Ashenfelter, David Feaster and Frank Hott.  Davis Lodge 51 AF and AM conducted graveside rites.


Logan Michael Kessel, 12 of near Williamsport, WV died Saturday, April 01,1999 at his residence.

Born April 17, 1987, in Petersburg, he was the son of Michael Edward and Brenda Lee (Clark) Kessel of near Williamsport, WV

He was a seventh grader at Petersburg High School.  He was a member of 4-H, Patterson Creek Ruritan Club and Maysville Church of Christ.  He was an assistant coach for Petersburg Motor Company's little league team.

Besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Shannon Kessel and Lindsey Kessel, both of near Williamsport, one brother, Cameron of near Williamsport, grandparents, Joe and Betty (Bobo) Clark of Maysville, WV, A. E. Mike Kessel of Near Williamsport, and Phyllis Cessna of Martinsburg, WV, great-grandparents, Overton and Mary (Keplinger) Bobo of Maysville, Leo and Lettie Sites of Dorcas and Alice W. Kessel of near Williamsport, WV and several aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Family will receive friends (today) Tuesday, from 6-8 p.m. at Bassagie Funeral Home, Petersburg.

Funeral services are Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Gene Kessel, the Rev. Greg Bland and the Rev. Overton Bobo officiating.  Interment will be in Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville, WV.

Memorials may be made to the Sunshine Foundation c/o Sylvia Sites, 201 Central Ave, Petersburg, 26847



Richard E. Kessel, 53 of 1065 Florida Avenue, Keyser, WV, died Wednesday, June 12, 2002 at Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland, Maryland.

Born on June 08, 1949, at Petersburg, WV, he was a son of the late Dorsey R. and Elinor (Evans) Kessel.

Mr. Kessel was employed by Kessel Lumber Company, Keyser.  He was a 1967 graduate of Keyser High School and attended Potomac State College.  active in a pool league for many years, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and sports. he attended the Rivers of Life Christian Center, Keyser, formerly in McCoole, Maryland.

Surviving is his former wife, Marlene (McDonald) Kessel of Piedmont; four children, Shayla Marie Kessel of Salisbury, Maryland, Samantha Lynn Kessel of Piedmont, WV,  Melissa Ann Galbraith of Morgantown, WV, and Michael D. Galbriath of Piedmont; one brother, Lawrence R. Kessel of Cumberland, Maryland; two sisters, Elaine Rotruck and husband Lawrence of New Creek, WV and Karen Hott of Keyser, WV.  Also surviving are several nieces and nephews and grandnieces and nephews. 

Friends may call at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, on Thursday from 6-9 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, on Friday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Patrick Brett officiating.

Interment will be in the Potomac Memorial Gardens, Keyser, WV.

The family requests that memorial contributions be directed to the Rivers of Life Christian Center 1040 Grand Central Business Center, Keyser, WV, 26726

 


Theodore Jess Kessel, 78 of Maysville, died Monday, February 08, 1999 at his home.

Born December 12,1920, at Scherr, he was the son of the late Edward O. and Emma (Patch) Kessel.  He was also preceded in death by one brother, Otis Kessel; four sisters, infant Ollie Kessel, Ethel Kessel, Lula Sites and Helen Buckbee.

Mr. Kessel was a truck driver for Shawnee Mills and a farmer. He was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist church, Maysville and was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Rosalie E. (Moreland) Kessel, whom he married April 05, 1942; two sons, Eugene V. Kessel and Jariet T. Kessel, both of Maysville; one daughter, Nancy K. Reel of Scherr; two brothers, Robert T. Kessel of Scherr and Ohley C. Kessel of Maysville; one sister, Opal Smith of Petersburg; seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren and several  nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Wednesday morning at the Otterbein United Methodist Church with the Rev. French Smith and the Rev. Stanley Kile officiating.  Interment was in the Kessel Family Cemetery at Maysville.  Military graveside rites were accorded by VFW Post 6454 Honor Guard.  Grandson LCPL Shannon Reel presented the American flag to his grandmother.

Memorials may be made to the Otterbein United Methodist Church or Grant Memorial Hospice.

The Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, was in charge of arrangements.

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