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April 28, 2011

 Bill Ricer,WVFD

Accepting the Woodsfield emblem, which was given to Bill Ricer upon his resignation from the Woodsfield Volunteer Fire Department in 1985, was Fire Chief Mike Young. Presenting the framed piece of history was Gary Ricer and his mother Dorothy, and his daughter Richelle. Also shown are Bill Schwall, a 48 year veteran of the Woodsfield Fire Department, and Tim Buckalew, a fire department captain. The group is standing beside the 1926 Peter Pirsh fire truck, Woodsfield’s first gasoline powered fire truck. 

Emblem Presented to Woodsfield Volunteer Fire Department

by Martha Ackerman

A piece of Woodsfield Volunteer Fire Department history was presented to members of the fire department April 14.

Decades ago the late Bill Ricer gave his son Gary a Woodsfield Fire Department emblem The emblem had been presented to Bill upon his resignation from the fire department in 1985. He had gone to work at the Ohio Highway Department and felt his work schedule would not allow him to put in the time he felt necessary for membership in the fire department. Bill Ricer had been a volunteer fireman for 20 years and served as its chief for a number of years. In his letter of resignation, Bill wrote that he would still be available to help with cooking the food for the fire department’s fundraisers. Bill Ricer knew the meaning of community service. In addition to being a volunteer fireman, he was a former councilman and former mayor of Woodsfield.

“I’ve always been pretty much the collector and historian of our family,” said Gary Ricer. “My understanding of this Woodsfield emblem is that it came from an early piece of equipment owned by the Woodsfield Volunteer Fire Department. It is is believed to be from around the 1930s. It was custom made with Woodsfield in script lettering.

“When my dad passed away recently, the family was quite surprised when a large group of firemen filed into the funeral home dressed in uniform and the flashers were on the engine outside. As they paid respect to one of their own, it was a deeply moving experience for our family,” said Gary Ricer.

“Later as I was sorting through pictures, the emblem came to mind. What better permanent home for this emblem than back to the fire department. At the same time it could be presented in remembrance of my dad, one in a long line of proud fire department chiefs.”

That emblem was presented to members of the Woodsfield Fire Department  on April 14.

Around the Burnside    

The age of a person doesn’t mean a thing, The best music is played on the oldest violin.

To be a giving person, you don’t need to give in; but there’s much you need to give up.

Well, the second mowing is done. Our mower and I got along much better this time than last week. In fact, I learned something new. A fellow who lives in New York state told me if I had set the parking brake, my mower would have kept running when I climbed off the seat. I tried this, he was right. Had I known this a week sooner it would have saved the words of encouragement I used when I was having trouble. At least I didn’t call the dealer and give him a good laugh. I can’t help it if my forgetter is working overtime. I’ll bet I don’t have the same trouble next spring, I hope.

I mentioned last week it might be interesting to go back and read some of the board meetings after all the schools are built and students have settled in. I’m not much for messing around on the computer. The other day I thought it might be interesting to bring up the archives on the Beacon website and see some of the things I had written even if I do have a copy of everything I’ve written somewhere in our house.

I punched up Sept. 6, 2007, I think it was, and among other things I found a rather interesting Letter to the Editor. You will probably remember this was about the time our school board voted 4 to 1 to divide the Switzerland of Ohio School District into three districts. It also mentioned some others who were pushing this. The State Department would not allow this to be done but it was quite the topic around the county.

I sometimes think of how things have changed over the years. Take the fridge for example. We had an ice box. It didn’t keep things cold but cool. The iceman would come around every so often and sell us a chunk of ice and put it into our ice box. During the winter we didn’t need the ice as the basement served this purpose.

As a kid if we were around we would make a B-line for the ice truck to see if he had a little sliver of ice when he chipped the ice apart. You never know how enjoyable a little chunk of ice was on a hot day. A chunk of ice is nothing today. All you need do is get ice cubes from the freezer in the fridge or some just put your glass under a little lever. Cool your drink and throw what’s left of the cubes down the drain without a thought.

The fridge is a good place to stick things. I’m not sure but it’s something we’ve done since owning a fridge. We even have a good size Brutus Buckeye stuck to the side of ours. Don’t ask me why. I started to count them but I gave up. I would guess there’s over 100 things stuck to our fridge. I guess a little plastic sign on the front, in plain sight reads, “We’re all a bunch of nuts!” answers this.

We had things a bit more convenient in the old days. A meat man would come around selling meat every so often, although we butchered our own meat and didn’t need him to stop at our place.

The bread man and milk man would bring their products to your door. I did serve as a milk man for quite some time. Mom baked bread a good part of the time; however, some times we got Wonder bread. We kids had a saying, “Wonder bread, eat it and Wonder what  you ate.”

Before I forget it, I did do something with our mower that was a little new this year. As you know most mowers require gasoline to operate. I try to keep the tank on our mower with plenty of gasoline. I do this because I’d be in a pickle if I ran out of gasoline. We don’t have a gas can. So I drove our mower across the street to the filling station, called a service station nowadays, and filled the tank. Wow! it cost me ten bucks and the tank wasn’t empty. I can remember when I could travel to Columbus and probably most of the way back for ten dollars worth of gasoline. Oh well, I can probably mow our yard three maybe four times with one tank of gasoline so maybe that’s not quite so bad.

Going to the store was more fun back then. All you had to do was tell Chet what you wanted and he’d get it for you.

For example, ask for a box of Wheaties and he would get a box and bring it to you and the list goes on. Everything was handy and you could catch up on the latest news at certain times. You could get your Wheaties without looking on five shelves extending nearly three-forths the length of the store trying to decide what cereal you want to eat for breakfast. The larger the store the more you walk and look and pick up something you don’t need. As good as it was I’m not sure I want to go back.

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

Did you make it to church Sunday? 

Our Readers Write

Dear Editor,

As the temperatures warm, the fields begin to green and new life springs around us, celebrating National Donate Life Month seems fitting. There are currently 110,000 men, women and children on the waiting list for a life-saving transplant. On average, 18 Americans die each day due to a lack of available organs. Did you know that one donor can save the lives of eight people and enhance the lives of 50 others?

Because of God’s grace and a very generous decision from a loving family who had just lost their 14-year-old daughter, I am alive today. born with Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disease of the lungs and digestive system that slowly, but surely, zaps every breath you take, I was told that my only hope of survival was to have a double-lung transplant. Eight years and eight months ago I was given the gift of life and received new lungs. Since that time, I have lived a life that I never dreamed I would even live to see, let alone live so fully. I have gone from not being able to walk across the room without getting short of breath to being able to complete the Ogden 20K in Wheeling in May of 2007. Daily activities that most people take for granted like taking a shower, climbing stairs, and carrying in groceries required so much energy and oxygen that I would become fatigued. Praise God, since transplant, I have a new life. Oxygen tanks and three times a day breathing treatments are a thing of the past. I have energy to complete daily tasks, play, exercise and even run a business. I am thrilled to share my story with others and appreciate every opportunity to encourage others to make the most of the time they have been given. Transplants never come without some complications, precautions, and medications, but the life I am enjoying now far outweighs any negative consequences of transplant. I daily praise God for the lungs he is allowing me to use and care for. Having a transplant makes one appreciate the little things in life. We too often forget that good health is one of the greatest blessings of all.

Being an organ and/or tissue donor is one of the most generous things you can do. All major religious groups support organ and tissue donation as a generous act of charity. People of all ages and medical histories can donate life. Donation does not cost the family of the deceased loved one anything financially and does not alter funeral plans. I am proof that transplantation works! The good news is that each year more than 27,000 lives are saved through the kindness of organ donors. It is worth noting that in a world where we hear so much negativity and seem to have so many problems, there are still many loving, kind people who are willing to help others. Perhaps if we could all stop counting our troubles for just a moment, we might realize the blessings we have. I hope you will consider saying “yes” to organ and tissue donation. In Ohio, about 80 percent of the population supports donation, but in Monroe County, only 40 percent of residents are registered donors. We need to change this statistic! You can register your wishes at the BMV or sign up in the Ohio Donor Registry. Tell your family of your wishes. Wearing or displaying a green ribbon signifies support of organ and tissue donation. For more information, contact www.lifelineofohio.org or call 1-800-525-5667.

I would also like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to the Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis Walk on Sat., May 14. The walk will  begin at 1 p.m. and will be held at Deerassic Park, just outside of Cambridge. Please help us find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Or every dollar donated, .90 is used to fund the vital programs of the CF Foundation. Recently, the CF Foundation received recognition in Smart Money as the number one health related charity in the country.

Thank you and God Bless
Janet Reed, Woodsfield

Riesbeck’s Sponsors BBQ for

Riesbeck’s will be having its Spring Sausage and Ribeye Sandwich Sale Friday, April 29, from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. The annual event will be held in their parking lot and is hosted by Riesbeck’s employees and the Monroe County 4-H Endowment committee to raise funds for the local 4-H Endowment Fund. The price includes chips and a beverage of pop or water.

Riesbeck’s employees will be staffing the grills and preparing the sandwiches. Other food donations for the event have come from Conns Potato Chip Company of Zanesville, Nickels Bakery, Caito Foods and Pepsi. Local sponsors include Sparky’s Septic, who provides hand washing stations and Woodsfield True Value, who donates propane for cooking and a pressure washer for cleanup. Last spring the sale raised $3,000 for the 4-H Endowment. Over the past seven years, Riesbeck’s has helped the 4-H endowment raise over $19,000 through this fundraiser. Each year, the 4-H Endowment Committee works to raise funds which are invested with The Ohio State University Development Fund. According to Beverly Anderson, chairperson of the 4-H Endowment Committee, the interest from this fund is used for a variety of beneficial projects including: college scholarships, state fair scholarships, community service grants, 4-H camperships and personal development scholarships.

4-H is a youth development organization serving more than 6.5 million young people, providing youth development programs with a focus on science, health and citizenship. As a positive youth development organization, 4-H empowers young people to reach their full potential, 4-H enables America’s youth to emerge as leaders through hands-on learning, research-based 4-H youth programs and adult mentorship, in order to give back to their local communities. Locally, the program is conducted by the OSU Extension Office.

Four-H and Riesbeck’s prepare for sausage/ribeye benefit: Kirt Sloan, Riesbeck’s manager and John Forni, 4-H Endowment Committee member, are ready to serve sausage and ribeye sandwiches on April 29. The event is staffed by Riesbeck’s employees and 4-H Endowment Committee members. This annual event will be held 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Woodsfield Riesbeck’s parking lot.

Road Clean-Up Volunteers: Beware of Meth Lab Waste
A Warning from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office 

Monroe County Sheriff Charles R. Black, Jr. has issued the following warning to volunteer clean-up crews ...

“With the weather improving and groups of volunteers heading out to clean our roadways, the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office want to make sure these groups are aware of a new and dangerous hazard.

Volunteers who clean up roadside litter should watch for potentially toxic debris discarded from illicit methamphetamine labs. Meth is a highly addictive stimulant which can be made using common household chemicals and equipment along with cold remedies containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine (such as Sudafed or Actifed).

Clean up crews who come across materials to make the drug can be burned or have their lungs damaged from inhaling fumes. If you encounter any of the signs of a meth lab, leave the area immediately and call 911. Do not touch anything if you suspect it may be meth lab waste. The waste can be extremely dangerous and may even be booby trapped. Entire labs can be found in tool boxes, coolers or other storage containers. Mobile meth labs are becoming more common. Labs are sometimes run out of car trunks or TVs and then discarded along the highway.

Don’t try to remove unknown or suspected toxic substances. Notify the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office of the location of these items immediately. 

Meth lab waste is very serious. Your safety comes first. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.”

The Beacon Tours Ormet

by Martha Ackerman

Part 3 of a 4-Part Series

This series on Ormet began in the April 14 Beacon. Mike Griffin, vice-president of operations at Ormet’s Hannibal plant, headed the tour which took us throughout the facility. We hope you are enjoying reading about the new Ormet ...

There has been some profit sharing in the plant as the company does well, there is a profit sharing program that has had payouts in the past. According to Griffin, everybody has the potential to earn above the base wages as the plant does well. “In my mind money is not a huge motivator,” he said. “It’s short term; if someone hates their job, it’s not going to matter what you pay them.”

In 2010 Ormet utilized $48.8 million to fund pension and VEBA (Voluntary Employees' Beneficiary Association) liabilities.

“Electricity is such a key thing for us and is a primary reason why we are here and operating competitively. There is nothing we can do to make our aluminum better than that made in other countries.” Ormet competes pound-for-pound in the world commodity market. The plants that stay in business are those that can produce aluminum economically to compete in the world market, noted Griffin. Companies survive that can produce and sell aluminum at a profit.

“Our power contract with AEP helped us survive through difficult times and we scaled right back up to full capacity,” noted Griffin. “We tend to sell our metal for forward prices.” Ormet metal is sold to metal companies and commodities traders. “We deal in a world market. Little Hannibal has to deal with commodities in the world market. We do a lot of business in China. We buy a lot of raw materials in China, which is just becoming an importer of aluminum because the increased cost of electricity in that country.

In a typical day, Ormet uses three million pounds of alumina, the white powdery raw material substance used to make aluminum, and 800,000 pounds of carbon block from China. From that Ormet produces 1.6 million pounds of molten aluminum per day. The only product Ormet produces is 1500 pound sows, which are shipped by truck and barge. All metal is remelted by other manufacturers to make the aluminum products. Ormet makes no finished products in Hannibal.

Mike Griffin, vice-president of operations at Ormet’s Hannibal facility, opens the door of a pot to demonstrate the aluminum-making process, which uses alumina, electricity and carbon to produce the pure primary aluminum. The material inside the pots reach a temperature of 950 degrees Celsius (1745 degrees Fahrenheit). The molten aluminum is poured into molds to make sows, the only product manufactured by Hannibal’s Ormet plant.

This graphic demonstrates the inside of the pots. In a typical day, Ormet uses three million pounds of alumina, the white powdery raw material substance used to make aluminum, and 800,000 pounds of carbon block from China. From that Ormet produces 1.6 million pounds of molten aluminum per day.  

The only product Ormet produces is 1500 pound sows, which are shipped by truck and barge. The sows here were taken from their molds and are cooling before being readied for shipment.





■  4-28 Classifieds


Carl R. Book, 90, Beallsville, died April 17, 2011 in Barnesville Hospital. He was born Nov. 20, 1920 on Mellott Ridge, near Beallsville, a son of the late John W. and Malissa Bolon Book.

He was a farmer, a retired employee of Conalco near Hannibal, and he was a member of the Mellott Ridge Church of Christ. 

Surviving are his son, Stephen (Marlene) Book; a grandson, Nathan Book; a granddaughter, Melinda Book, all of Jerusalem; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Biles Book on Feb. 25, 2007; a brother, Russell Book; and two sisters, Hazel Decker and Nellie Hendershot.

Friends were received April 19 at Harper Funeral Home, Beallsville, where funeral services were held April 20, with Minister Tim Fleeman officiating. Burial followed in Beallsville Cemetery.

Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net. 

Myra J. Dailey, 81, 314 West Cross St., Summerfield, died April 20, 2011, at Marietta Memorial Hospital. She was born May 25, 1929 near Calais, a daughter of the late Frank and Ildrith Carpenter Coultas.

She was a retired hairdresser, a former employee at Hamilton-Beach in Byesville, and the Food Center in Caldwell. She was a member of the Summerfield Church of Christ.

Surviving are two daughters, Renea (Mike) Campbell, Summerfield, Lisa Lynn of Summerfield; a son, Allen (Tina) Dailey of Summerfield; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband John W. Dailey; and an infant sister, Winefred Coultas.

Friends were received April 23  until time of services at Brubach-Watters Funeral Home, Summerfield, with Frank Love officiating. Burial followed in Eastern Cemetery, Summerfield.

Mya Lynn Mellott, infant daughter of Rusty Mellott and Ayla Higgs of Powhatan, died April 19, 2011 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.

In addition to her parents, surviving are a brother, Aden Mellott of Woodfield; paternal grandparents, Jonathan and Tammy Broemsen of Woodsfield, Michael and Anna Hines of Hudson, Fla.; maternal grandparents, Danny and Mary Higgs of Powhatan and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Graveside services were held April 23 at Neuhart Cemetery near Woodsfield, with Rev. Susan Lehosky officiating.

Arrangements by Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield.

Helen Peklo Sabol, 86, Lewisville, died April 18, 2011 at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born July 20, 1924 in Cleveland, a daughter of the late Stanley and Mary Mysalvetz Peklo.

Surviving are two daughters, Linda (Larry) Drake of Woodsfield, Carol Reed of Lewisville; a granddaughter, Tiffany (Michael) Roth of Woodsfield; a grandson, Steven Canter of Summerfield; three great-grandsons, Russell, Gage and Remington Roth; a great-granddaughter, Sara Canter and a sister, Ann Ciepiel of Arkansas.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Sabol on May 3, 1983, who was a retired tool and die maker in Cleveland; and a brother, Stanley Peklo.

In keeping with her wishes, she will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date at St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Woodsfield.

Arrangements by Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.bauerturner.com.

Susan Kay Gehrig, 62, Woodsfield, died April 20, 2011 at Riverside Hospital, Columbus. She was born Oct. 11, 1948 in Monroe County, a daughter of the late Calvin and Eleanor Bates Weber.

She was a member of the Woodsfield Church of Christ. She was a housewife and homemaker to her husband, children and grandchildren.

Surviving are her husband of 39 years, Lewis Gehrig of Woodsfield, whom she married Nov. 11, 1972; two sons, Douglas Michael Gehrig of Jerusalem, Darin Gehrig of Woodsfield; a brother, John P. Weber of Woodsfield; two sisters, Sandra Weber of Woodsfield, Lisa Ann (Todd) Bettinger of Summerfield; three grandchildren, Halle, Gracie, Daleyn Gehrig; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Jamie Moore Gehrig, May 22, 2010.

Friends were received April 24 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services were held April 25, with Rev. Brian Darrah officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield.

Condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com 

Norma Lucille Hill Colvin, 96, Antioch, died April 17, 2011 at Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Aug. 22, 1914 at Jericho, the daughter of the late Lucy Hill Meeks. She lived at Jericho, Antioch, Barberton, Plainview and then back to Antioch, after she and her husband were retired.

She was taught by her grandmother how to cook, sew, quilt and take care of the animals. She went to grade school at Jericho where she had to walk to the school and carried lunch in a little round tin pail. All eight grades were in one school and she soon found a love of reading and history, which carried through her entire life.

She and her husband Bill were lifelong members of the Plainview Church of Christ. She and her husband sang in a quartet with Vic and Fay Colvin for many events. They were instrumental in the founding of the Midway Community and Senior Citizens Center. She helped form the Antioch Homemakers Club and was treasurer of the Plainview Cemetery for many years.

She was an artist; painting many pictures of nature and animals and wrote some poetry. She always saw beauty around her everywhere. She had a strong faith, which was handed down to many family members. Among her hobbies were stamp collecting, genealogy and she would insist that the annual Hill and Colvin reunions take place.

She was married to William (Bill) Colvin, Jr. on Jan. 6, 1931 at the age of 16. From this union four children were born. Stanley, Mary Jo, Max and Larry. She was a housewife and lived most of her life on the Colvin farm near Plainview.

Surviving are two half-sisters, Ruth Perry and Judith Baker; three children; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren and many step-grandchildren.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bill in 2002; a son, Stanley in 2007; three great-grandchildren; four half-brothers, Donald, William, Russell and Richard Meeks.

Friends were received April 21 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where services were held April 22, with Minister Tim Fleeman officiating. Burial was in Plainview Cemetery, former Plainview Church of Christ. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Midway Com-munity and Senior Citizens Center, 37358 SR 800, Sardis, OH 43946.

Condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com 

Norman William “Bill” Hogue, 65, passed away April 17, 2011 just before midnight with his daughter at his side. He was born Sept. 18, 1945 in Barnesville. He was a long time resident of Woodsfield.

He was the third of four children born to Norman and Ruth Dougherty Hogue and as the only son was the object of adoration of all his sisters despite his tendencies to be a bit of a mischief-maker in his youth. They also admired him as a man of character.

Kaye will never forget the time he picked the lock to her bedroom and stole her love letters to sell on the street to make a nickel. Carol will be forever grateful for the time he cared for her daughters while her husband was stationed overseas. His baby sister, Patty, remembers as children that he sold her new bike for parts but as a young man how he was a strict disciplinarian regarding potential suitors.

He felt blessed to have found such amazing lifelong friends. In their teenage years, he and the boys were known to wreak a little havoc. Molly always enjoyed hearing stories from Dave Weisend and John Strickling about corn shocking, the girls they dated and the wild rides they took in the cars that they traded.

Bill was so proud of his daughter Molly and she loves him so much. She will miss their frequent conversations, as well as his advice over the years. He was so happy that Molly found a gentleman and a man of character in her husband, David Clarkson. He was grateful for Molly’s best friend, Dr. Jenna Hirsh, for her friendship to his daughter and for her medical guidance through the past two years.

His lady friend, Rhea Hupp, knew she had met quite a gentleman in Bill and he cared so deeply for her. Even his beloved sisters and daughter got chastised for upsetting Bill’s natural order of things, but Rhea could get away with anything.

He was a 1965 graduate of Woodsfield High School where he honed his great skill of making friends as all could attest. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Forrestal during the Vietnam War Era. He was a lifetime member of the VFW #5303. He was also a member of the Moose and the Eagles. Bill enjoyed listening to all kinds of music and sharing a beer and stories with friends...especially Uncle Dalton.

Friends were received April 23 until time of memorial service at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, with Rev. Susan Lehosky officiating.

Military services were conducted by the Belmont Veterans Council.

Condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com

Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodsfield High School Alumni Association, in care of Donna Parr, 37120 CR 2 East, Woodsfield, OH 43793. 

Mary L. “Dolly” Partlow, 88, of State Route 313, Quaker City, formerly of Woodsfield, died April 25 at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, Cambridge

Arrangements are incomplete at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield. 

Kenneth L. Cooper, 79, Valley Grove, W.Va., died April 22, 2011 at the Monroe County Care Center. He was born May 28, 1931 in West Alexander, Pa., the son of the late Lester and Irene Pogue Cooper.

He was a member of the Valley Grove Assembly of God Church. He was a retired dairy farmer and a member of both Golden Agers and the Farm Bureau.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Frances Cooper; two sons, Day (Regina) of Valley Grove, Dr. Kenneth (Karena) Cooper, Jr. of Woodsfield; a daughter, Connie (Mark) Haggerty of Morgantown, W.Va.; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Mary and Garrett Cooper Haggerty and Alex Walter Cooper.

Friends were received until time of service at Valley Grove Assembly of God on April 26. Burial was in West Alexander Cemetery.

Arrangements by Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield.

Condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com

Warren Stetzel, 88, Beallsville, died April 16, 2011 at his home at Raven Rocks. He was born Feb. 5, 1923 in Ross, IA, a son of the late Ira Stetzel and Mildred Neff Stetzel.

He was a founding member of Raven Rocks and active in a wide variety of environmental and social concerns. He taught for 10 years at Olney Friends School in Barnesville, where he inspired many students. He taught at the School of Organic Education in Fairhope, AL and worked on racial justice issues. He studied at UCLA, received a Phi Betta Kappa and worked with philosopher Gerald Heard. He wrote a book about lifelong education, “School for the Young.”

Surviving are his partner of 43 years, Donald Hartley; and a sister, Norma Shore.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his life companion, Timothy D. Starbuck; two brothers, David and George; and two sisters, Janice Harkey and Doris Campbell.

Memorial services will be held June 5, at 2 p.m. at Stillwater Friends Meeting House, Barnesville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Whispered Wishes, Valley Hospice, 308 Mount St. Joseph, Wheeling, WV 26003.