resident Dr. Alfred G. Olivier, a former
New Hampshire native, helped probe the
death of President John F. Kennedy. He was part of the Warren
Commission’s investigation while working in wound ballistics
research for the U.S. Military at Edgewood Arsenal in
Maryland. Olivier shows local attorney
Richard Yoss one of the bullets from the box of bullets left by
Lee Harvey Oswald after he assassinated the President on Nov.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
Helped With the Investigation of President Kennedy’s Death
A former New Hampshire native,
who has resided in Monroe
since 1977, became part of the Warren Commission’s investigation
while working in wound ballistics research for the U.S. Military
at Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland.
Dr. Alfred G. Olivier remembers his role in the Warren
Commission’s investigation into the killing of President John F.
Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.
Officially named The President’s Commission on the Assassination
of President Kennedy, the panel became widely known as the
Warren Commission after Chief Justice Earl Warren, who chaired
Dr. Olivier has one of the 6.5 millimeter bullets from the box
of bullets left beside the gun that killed President Kennedy.
The gun and box of bullets were left on the sixth floor of the
Dallas School Book Depository.
Because the alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was himself
murdered shortly after the Kennedy killing, “it was no longer
possible to arrive at the complete story of the assassination
through normal judicial procedures during a trial,” so states
the Warren Commission report. Oswald was shot to death Nov. 24,
less than 48 hours after his arrest, in the basement of the
Dallas Police Department by Jack Ruby, a
Thus, the commission was created on Nov. 29, 1963 by President
Lyndon B. Johnson. In his capacity
commission, Dr. Olivier fired test bullets from the gun to prove
the gun to be the one that was used to assassinate the
President. In 1953 Dr. Olivier graduated from the University of Pennsylvania
as a veterinarian. He worked for three years in disease control
for the Department of Agriculture but longed for a different
professional challenge. He obtained employment as veterinarian
in charge of the goat herds at Edgewood Arsenal and became
involved in wound ballistics research at the facility. His work
included studying experimental wounds to develop better military
defense devices such as body armor. At the time of the
assassination, the Wounds Ballistics Branch of the U.S. Army
Chemical Research and Development Laboratories at Edgewood
Arsenal was very “hush, hush,” said Olivier. But that was soon
to change as Olivier and other experts from the organization
came under the international spotlight during their testimony
before the Warren Commission. Olivier said the Warren Commission
wanted the wound ballistics experts to view the film of the
assassination to determine the paths of the bullets that felled
Kennedy and injured Texas Gov.
John Connally Jr. According to the Warren Commission report,
“The Edgewood Arsenal tests were performed under the immediate
supervision of Alfred G. Olivier, a doctor who had spent seven
years in wounds ballistic research for the
Army.” Olivier said the results of his tests showed “Oswald, one
one gun, could have done it all.” However, Olivier noted the
tests do not prove that. Oswald is said to have shot Kennedy
with a 6.5 millimeter Mannlicher-Carcano from the sixth
floor of the Texas School Book Depository in downtown
Dallas. The selection of that weapon by
Oswald has always fascinated Olivier. The bullets from the
weapon, Olivier said, were full-jacketed, blunt-nose, military
bullets with “tremendous penetrating ability.” The bullets were
capable of penetrating a security bubble top. They were also
capable of passing through one man to inflict injury on another.
For example, Olivier said the bullets could have passed through
a Secret Service man to hit a government official. Also, the
weapon was plentiful for purchase at that time. Olivier said he
wonders whether the weapon was selected because the perpetrator
had vast knowledge of wound ballistics and thus knew the damage
it was capable of creating, or simply because it was readily
available to obtain. While there, a theory surfaced that a
second gunman from another location also shot. Olivier said all
the wounds of Kennedy and Connally “could and most probably did
come from the same gun and could not have come from any other
direction.” Three shots were fired from the Mannlicher-Carcano,
one missed and two struck Kennedy.
Kennedy and Connally were riding in a motorcade in the same car
at the time with Connally seated in front of the President.
Olivier said one of the first two shots missed its target with
the other striking Kennedy in the back of the neck.
The third shot shattered the right side of his head. A great
deal of controversy surrounded the bullet which struck Kennedy
in the back of the neck. Through much testing for the Warren
Commission, Olivier developed the premise that the shot was also
the one which injured Connally. Olivier said the bullet entered
the back of kennedy’s neck and exited the front, nicking the
knot of his tie. The bullet then struck Connally’s side,
cracking a rib and cutting a lung. It exited the torso and went
through the Governor’s wrist and into his leg. The bullet fell
from the leg and was discovered on the stretcher used to
transport Connally in the hospital. In addition to testifying
before the Warren Commission, Olivier also testified a couple
years later before the Rockefeller Commission which was
investigating possible links of the CIA to the assassination.
Olivier co-authored a publication for the military on Kennedy’s
murder. The document has since been declassified under the
Freedom of Information Act. At the time of the assassination,
Margaret Olivier, who had a Ph.D. in anatomy, was also working
Arsenal in the Histology Department. She was conducting
work to learn the proper debridement of wounds received in war.
Olivier was part of a medical team which studied wounding during
the Vietnam War. He also was hired by Colt Firearms in the late
1960s to try to develop a bullet which would stop skyjackers
without causing decompression of the airplane if the bullet
missed. In addition, Olivier’s ballistics experience involved
working for the
of Colorado as part of
a team to develop a better bullet for
Dr. Olivier and his wife Margaret settled in
Monroe County when they bought a farm near Sardis to spend their retirement. Dr. Margaret
Olivier, also known as Peg to her friends, passed away in
January 2010. Dr. Alfred ‘Bud’ Olivier now resides at the Monroe County
Information for this article came from Dr. Olivier and an
article written in 1988 by Laurie Leonard,
Bureau Staff Writer.
Beacon 2010: A Year In Review
Emergency Ordinance for Woodsfield Village appropriating
temporary funds for village operations passes council; Medi Home
Health Earns Recertification; ECHO Group Donates to Warm the
Children; Ormet to Pay Ohio EPA for Violations; Back Boards
Donated to Emergency Squads by Air Evac Lifetime and MedFlight;
PowWow Plans in Progress; 2010 Honor Roll of Businesses - 76
Businesses Highlighted; Grant Money Helps Fund New Fire Truck
for Lewisville VFD; Acker-man Named Beacon General Manager;
Monroe Central Artwork on Exhibit at Stifel Fine Arts Center;
Team Monroe Seeks New Partner-ship.
Bridge on CR16, a Precarious Situation; School Bus Safety a
Concern; New Clock Installed in Sardis; Lee Township Selected
for $300,000 Neighborhood Revi-talization Grant Application;
Vortex Bookstore Welcomed; Wetzel Hospital Has Open House; Local
Athletes - Dylan Potts and Derek-London Dierkes - Sign Letters
of Intent; Snow and Ice Plague Monroe County; GMN Re-ceives
State Award; Garrison Won’t Seek Democratic Nom-ination;
Schuerman Recog-nized for Service; Commis-sioners Declare State
of Emergency; Millers Honored at Valentine’s Day Observance in
Columbus; Suicide Coal-ition Formed; Academic Achievers 2010
Features 28 High School Students.
Angry Sycamore Valley Residents Want Answers; School Days
Extended Half Hour; Blattler TV to Close March 6; A Salute to
4-H Members Highlights Projects and Programs; Rare Cancer
Afflicts Dany Ollom; Daffodil Days are Week of March 15; Hyres’
Sugarhouse Tour Set; Lee Twp. Selected for CDBG Revitalization
Grant; Marcel-lus Wells Being Drilled; School Projects Ongoing;
Democratic Executive Com-mittee Donates New TV to Westwood
Landing; Every-bunny Welcome to the 2010 Know Show; Air Evac
Life-team Based at Wetzel County Hospital; Doctors’ Day: A
Kiwanis Talent Show Winners Featured; Potential Catastrophe
Averted with Russell Arrest; Students Unite in Support of a
Critically Ill Classmate; Churches: Our Heritage Featured in
Special Section; Prom Night Guide Featured Page; Kick’n Back
Cabins=Relaxation; Child Abuse, Neglect and Preven-tion Month
Observed; Cham-ber Welcomes Red Head; Russell Pleads Not Guilty;
Get a Tree When You Choose “E” at OVCCU; Countians Attend Gala
Event Honoring John & Annie Glenn; Riesbecks, Firing Up the
Grill for 4-H; Farming in Monroe Features Local Farms.
Troy Hickman Presented With Distinguished Service Award; Access
to Higher Education Expanded in Monroe County; Kiwanis
Scholarship Banquet Held; Community Gardens are Ready for
Planting; Dama Burkhart Receives Austin C. Furbee Award; Don
Harmon Honored by Village of Woodsfield; Cameron Carry Out
Reopens; Active Duty Soldiers Recognized on Armed Forces Day;
Woods-field Elementary Observes Emergency Services Day; George
Tremblay, Veteran, Enjoys Trip to Washington, D.C.; Monroe
Memorial Pool Opens May 28; Drug Investigation Results in
Arrests; Graduation 2010 Recognizes SOLSD Grads.
M&D Horses, Canoes and Kayaks Welcomed by Cham-ber; Woodsfield
VFW Donates POW Flag to Schools; Civil War Encampment Set for
June 12 and 13; Annual Clarington Festival Features River
Museum; Alumni Times Honors Woodsfield High Alumni; Cemetery
Expansion and New Baseball Field Coming to Clarington; Dally
Library Relocating, Accepts Book Donation; Air Force Buddies
Reunite; Walking the Red Carpet for a Cure in 2010 Relay For
Life; Baseball Field Dedicated in Clarington.
Summer Fest, Pow Wow and Fireworks Set for July 4 Celebration;
Kids Eat Free With Program at WES; Tax Abatement Discussed at
Com-missioners Meeting; Summer Fest Draws Nice Crowd; An
Emotional Display at Inaugur-al Pow Wow; Sunflowers Reach for
the Sky at Schumacher’s; Congressman Charlie Wilson Visits
Museum; Asbestos Removal Ongoing Throughout Summer at RHS;
Triplets Celebrate Second Birthday; WWII Memorabilia Donated;
OVCCU To Host Health Fair; Relay For Life Exceeds Goal, Raises
Over $54,400; Library Summer Reading Program Ends with a Splash
in Monroe Memorial Pool.
Bill Lance Enjoys D.C. Honor Trip; Breastfeeding Awareness
Month; Service Guide Available; Landmark Store Remembered as
Feiock & Distler Mercantile is Razed; CNB Earns 5-Star Superior
Rating; 911 System Up and Running; Back to School 2010; Bids for
New Beallsville School Opened, Project Estimates Up; Health
Depart-ment Prepares for Upcoming Flu Season; Sheriff Warns
Residents About Check Scam; Molly Landefeld Sworn In As Monroe
County Board of Elections Deputy Director; 2010 Junior Fair
Status of SOLSD Building Projects Addressed; World War II Vessel
Makes Historic Trip to Pittsburgh; Ricer Participates in White
House Meeting; Air Evac Lifeteam Crew Hosts Safety Class at
Graysville; Youth Soccer Clinic Set; Buchanan Presbyterian
Church To Close; Ohio Valley Community Credit Union Celebrates
50 Years; Beallsville Homecom-ing Sept. 17; Beallsville Branch
of WesBanco Bank Robbed; ABLE Program Holds Open House; Health
and Wellness Fair Sept. 29; Paige Atkinson Crowned Beallsville
Homecoming Queen; Pediatric Backboards Presented at OVCCU
Celebra-tion; Kiwanis Peanut Day Set for Oct. 1; Tracey Craig is
New President, CEO of Woodsfield Savings Bank; Charles F. Orum,
CPA, Will Host an Open House at New Offices; Monroe Central Tour
of Homes Set for Oct. 3.
Blazing a Trail for a Cure Car Show; Jennifer Hayes Selects
Golden Rose to Become Monroe Central Homecoming Queen; Jonathan
Muntz Selects King Card to Become Monroe Central Homecoming
King; Williams is Commissioner Candidate; Thompson Vying for
Repre-sentative; Black Walnut Festival Set for Oct. 10 and 11; Secrest
Vying for Rep Seat; River High Royalty Selected: Zach Wichterman,
Mr. River; Kylie Brown, Miss River; Pyles Runs for Re-Election;
Beallsville School Project Begun; Heartland Has New Partner;
Safe Auto Donates to Warm the Children; Beallsville Schools
Ceremonial Ground-breaking Held; CHIP Program Denied; BMW Z3 and
Z4 Drivers Experience Monroe Roads; Switzerland of Ohio Local
School Meets, Recog-nizes RHS Golf Team; Christ-mas Festival Set
for Dec. 4.
School Levy Passes; Pyles Retains Commission Seat; Ohio Made
Tires Celebrating a Business Expansion; Woodsfield Schools
Celebrate Groundbreaking; Veterans Recognized in Honoring Our
Brave Veterans; James L. Peters Appointed Prosecuting Attorney;
Prosecuting Attorney L. Kent Riethmiller Retires; Woodsfield Rt.
4 Postal Carrier Retires Not By Choice; Burke Honored with
Presidential Birthday Card; John Huffman Presented Flag Flown
Over Afghanistan; Riesbeck Sponsored BBQ Nets $2,400 for Warm
The Children Program; Local Residents Meet Former President and
Mrs. George Bush; Work Continues on Cameron Bridge; Sheriff,
Village Police and BCI Conduct Meth Lab Bust; Erica Logston
Donates $420 to Warm The Children; Scott Receives Award.
Two Potlines to Open at Ormet Corporation, Hannibal; Sardis Tour
of Homes Dec. 2; 220 Thanksgiving Meals Delivered; Arraignments
Include Meth Lab Charges and Domestic Violence; New Management
at Transforming Physics With New Name, The Center; Dama Burkhart
Establishes OUE Scholarship; Kaye Hogue Receives Peacekeepers
Award; Safe Auto Awarded Best Float Laurels in Woodsfield
Christmas Parade; Switzerland of Ohio OAPSE Donates to Warm The
Children; Belmont Technical College Teams Up With MACO; Kaiser
Has No. 1 Dog Tag; Animal Shelter Closes for Winter Months; The
Banana Man ... An Angel of Mercy?; Gavin Matz and Sisters Visit
With Santa; New Business: Ohio Made Tires with Building
Dedicated as The William E. Moore III Building; Dany Ollom
Receives Love and Support; Grump’s Bunch Has Christmas Drawing;
Sardis Elementary Students Donate to Monroe County Dog Pound.
Around the Burnside
If you are dissatisfied with your lot in life, build a service
station on it.
It’s difficult to win an argument when your opponent is
unencumbered with a knowledge of the facts.
Well, another year is in the book. Seems like they go faster and
faster. I suppose it will be the last of January until I
remember to write 2011 instead of 2010. Resolutions? Did you
make any? I think I’ll just continue to use the same ones I used
in 2010. They worked out OK.
We celebrated New Year’s eve in our usual manner. We watched the
big ball drop in New York City and then
went to bed.
A couple of things I think worth of giving some thought. First
of all, we will be moving into new school facilities in a couple
of years. Several of us were talking and thought someone or some
organization should have made up, I’m not sure what they are
called except The Cat’s Meow is one source. It’s a small wooden
block with the picture on the front and a brief history on the
The point being, no one knows for sure what will happen to the
old schools when students move into the new schools. The school
where Esther and I graduated is gone, torn down. All we have is
the Cat’s Meow to remember the building. I sure would like to
have one of Skyvue and of Swiss Hills that includes the trailers
hooked on to the building I have a number of this type of things
of counties where I’ve lived, worked, buildings and items
located on OSU campus.
The other thing is the Hunter Education program. For years I
have taught a Hunter Education class in the county. There comes
a time when you must call it quits. It’s a tough thing to do but
it’s time for someone younger to step in and do the job. There
is a great need for someone to step up in the Woodsfield, Skyvue
area and hold Hunter Education classes. I am not planning to
hold any more classes.
I think in last week’s Beacon there was an announcement of an
instructor training session being held in March. It would be
nice if two or three would go to the training session and hold
some classes in this area Information regarding the training is
available from the State Wildlife in Columbus. The class I held in 2009 had 65
attend so there is a great need for this training.
You know one of the nice things about
County is the folks living
in the county. Well, most of them anyway. The county is a bit
divided by area but all are
County. Good neighbors are
what makes life pleasant and worth while. Generous too.
Every so often I mention some things in Around the Burnside we
had way back when or I personally like. Before I know it someone
stops and leaves it for us. For example, fruit, persimmons,
rhubarb pie. Sometimes even when we are not home. The latest was
fresh side. We came home from the store the other day and
someone had left us a package of frozen fresh side. Was it ever
good and I didn’t get to thank them. There was even a large
picture of Esther and me getting ready to chow down at a meal at
Skyvue. I couldn’t even remember which one as we used to have so
many. Whoever did this, thanks a lot. I really enjoyed. I just
happened to think, it was back in the early 50’s. I owned a
brand new car. Ha.
Those of you that have complained about the type of weather we
have been having, cheer up, better things are on the way. I read
something by an expert that after December is over things will
be getting better weatherwise. So he says. I’m not sure how he
knows. As I write we are getting rain to get rid of the snow and
make things ready for it to snow again. I wonder, I looked at my
gas usage and I burned almost as much gas in December as I did
in January and February last year.
Speaking of gas, how about the price of gasoline? The price
seems to almost jump while you are putting gasoline in your auto
and you even have to put the gasoline in yourself. Things must
have happened when they changed calling them a filling station
to a service station. Just another thing to complain about. Then
again, what would life be if we couldn’t complain about
something? I do not complain anymore, I think I’m old enough to
growl about it.
Who knows what 2011 will bring along or be like? I always try to
look on the bright side of things. I will admit I do get what
they call down in the dumps every so often and then realize it’s
a waste of time. How many times have you worried about something
and then find out it didn’t amount to a hill of beams? How many
of you remember the comic strip “Worry Wart”? My advice is let
Worry Wart hand be your worries, smile, laugh out loud at least
once a day and keep reading the Beacon.
Remember: Busy people do not have time to be busybodies.
Resolve to attend church more often.
According to Mike Griffin, vice-president, Ormet Corpor-ation, Hannibal, the two-line start-up, which will
total six potlines in production, is going very well. The
start-up is being done very safely and efficiently, he noted.
“Interviews and testing of the new group are being set,” said Griffin. All of those employees on lay-off
have been recalled and Ormet is expecting to add 50 new
employees, added the vice-president, bringing the total
additional employees to 100-120 total.
The two additional potlines are expected to be up and running in
the first quarter of 2011.
Voice of Democracy winners were honored at a dinner recently,
hosted by the Woodsfield VFW Post 5303. Shown, from left, are:
Betty Weber, past president of the Women’s Auxiliary; Megan
Dick, Patriot’s Pen winner; Kayla Simmons, third place VOD
winner; Devon Jones, first place VOD winner; and Robert ‘Bob’
Podlasiak, representing Woodsfield Post 5303.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
Voice of Democracy
Voice of Democracy and the
Patriot Pen essay winners were honored Dec. 14 at a banquet
hosted by the Woodsfield VFW Post 5303 Post and its Auxiliary.
First place winner this year is Monroe Central student Devon
Jones, daughter of Mike and Stacey Jones and Heather Fletcher.
Second place winner is Kyle Cox, son of Jeff and Laurie Cox of
Beallsville, who is homeschooled. Kyle has been a consecutive
winner in the program. Chosen as the third place winner was
Kayla Simmons, a Monroe Central/Swiss Hills student. Kayla is
the daughter of Brenda Simmons and granddaughter of Mary Ellen
Eickleberry, who were guests at the dinner.
The Patriot’s Pen winner is Megan Dick, daughter of Richard and
Rachelle Dick of Woodsfield. Megan is an eighth grade student at
Bob Podlasiak, of VFW Post 5303, Toni Elliott, president of the
auxiliary, introduced the winners and awarded their prizes.
The national theme for this year’s contest is “Does My
Generation Have a Role in America ’s
Future?” The following is Devon Jones’ winning essay:
“Looking at my peers, I think my generation has a definitive
role in America’s
future. After all, we are
America’s future. I and my
peers are the faces of tomorrow. We are future politicians,
doctors and lawyers. My generation could help change America for the better.
We will be here to set a good example for the generations to
come after us. People my age are for peace so that may prevent
wars. We will teach others about good morals. Hopefully, we
could reduce tensions between races and various religions. If we
teach our children this, and they teach theirs, we could solve
problems rationally, not radically. But, what will we do about
I believe that my generation could spread and apply the ideas of
recycling and conservation. We can find alternate means of
energy to save polluting ways of energy, such as coal, oil and
gas. We could use less water, and in the meantime, not pollute
the water we have. By recycling, we could reduce the amount of
paper, plastic and glass waste we create. However, we need our
government to make laws that promote conservation and other laws
Like I mentioned previously, there are future politicians in my
generation. Government is an enormous role my generation has to
fill. We will someday be the ones making laws and enforcing
them. One day somebody from my generation will be President of
the United States. My generation is the
future leaders of our country. Being involved with the
government also brings along the responsibility of the economy.
As we all know, our country is in a recession. It is obvious
that this is a bad time for the economy and to find a job. My
hope is that we can come out of this soon. If not, I wish that
my generation has something to do with improving the economy of America without
cutting funding for things such as the military.
For my generation, I hope we have a great, strong military
force, as we always have. Many people my age would find it to be
an honor to serve for our country. One day I believe my
generation will produce as many proud, honored and distinguished
veterans we have today. We greatly appreciate everything our
veterans have done for us, and we hope we have more great
veterans to thank. This includes men and women. Women have a
growing role in American society.
In my opinion women in my generation will have an immense role
in society. As we can see, more and more women are becoming
senators, representatives, doctors and even Supreme Court
judges. We have more ambition to take part in everything. In the
future I see my generation producing a female president. I
believe that women will have more important niches in America.
As you can tell, I think that my generation has a great role in America’s
future. Hopefully, we can change America for the better. After all,
the future of our great nation rests in our hands.”
“Does Patriotism Still Matter?” was the topic for this year’s
Patriot’s Pen contest. Following is Megan Dick’s winning essay:
As the daughter of a Marine, patriotism plays a huge role in my
life. I was taught since I could walk that patriotism is a love
for one’s own country and it is also important to show it. It is
important to show it because you want to show that you are proud
to be a citizen of the Untied States, and to have freedoms and
rights that allow the people to be in control.
Some rights to be proud of here in the United States are, for starters, our
line of defense. My daddy and his best friend got to go through
Marine Corps boot camp and proudly serve our country together.
Our branches of the military defend us overseas so that we can
be free without worry, and so that we can have rights given to
us. Freedom of speech is another one. We have the right to voice
our opinion freely and tell our thoughts on global issues. We
also have freedom of religion. No one tells us who or what we
can and can’t worship.
Along with having patriotism in your heart, it is also very
important to show it. We can show our love for the
United States of America by
voting in every election. This shows that you are a part of the
government and that you deeply care about who your leaders are.
We could show our love to those overseas serving us by sending
care packages and cards. We can use symbolic objects in our yard
such as a flag (always keep a light shining on it at night and
never ever let it touch the ground), ribbons or a painted or
My conclusion is very simple. I know I have patriotism. I know
why I have it and I know that that love will never weaken.
Having said all of this, I am proud of who I am . I am proud of
who we are as a nation and I am proud that I live in the
United States of America!
Billy Ricer, 84, Woodsfield, died Dec. 27, 2010 at
Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a long courageous battle
with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). He was born Oct. 16, 1926 in
Woodsfield, a son of the late Fred D. and Sarah E. Moore Ricer.
He ran the Swiss Ohio Dairy, former Woodsfield Ice and Creamery,
for many years, was a route manager for Broughton’s Dairy and
retired as the Assistant Superintendent of ODOT; was a member of
the Moffett-Fletcher Methodist Church, life member of K of P
Lodge, charter member of the Moose Lodge, member of the Eagles
Lodge, 40 & 8 Club, American Legion, life member of the VFW
former Chief of the Woodsfield VFD, former Woodsfield Mayor and
16-year Woodsfield City Council member, Monroe County Coon
Hunters Club and helped start the CB Radio Club. He was a U.S.
Army veteran of WWII and served in Germany as an M.P., and he also
served during the Korean War.
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Dorothy Frum Ricer of
Woodsfield; five sons, David (Patricia) Ricer of Woodsfield,
Rick (Cheryl) Ricer of Cincinnati, Gary (Diane) Ricer of
Woodsfield, Rob (John) Ricer of Columbus, Jim (Judy) Mahoney of
Columbus; a brother, Robert Ricer of Toledo; and a sister, Clara
Lee Leasure of Woodsfield; four grandchildren, Dr. Jen Spata,
T.J. Ricer, Matt Ricer, Richelle Ricer, Amy Meyer; three
step-grandchildren, Amy Reich, Danny Graham, Eric Graham; four
great-grandchildren, Lily, Evie, Lucy, Maggie; nine
step-great-grandchildren, Mariah, Ryan, Jason, Tyler, Courtney,
Macy, Dustin, Donavan, Zack; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a
granddaughter, Susan Mahoney; step-mother, Mary Knowlton; four
brothers, Raymond, Fred, Don and Rusty Ricer; and a sister,
Friends were received Dec. 30 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home,
Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Dec. 31, with Rev.
Richard Wilson officiating. Burial was in
Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield. Veterans services
were conducted by the Belmont Veterans Council.
Memorial contributions may be made to: The ALS Association, 1810 MacKenzie Dr., Suite 120,
Condolencs can be expressed at www.bauerturner.com.
L. RICER, JR.
Randy L. Ricer, Jr., 39, of 39533 SR 26, Graysville, died Dec.
27, 2010 at his home. He was born Sept. 23, 1971 at Barnesville,
a son of Randy, Sr. and Luella Brown Ricer of Graysville.
He was a laborer and a member of the
Church, Woodsfield. He
enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing cards.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a daughter, Lakelynn
Paige Ricer of Woodsfield; and several aunts, uncles and
Friends were received Jan. 2 until time of service at Watters
Funeral Home, Woodsfield, with
Burke officiating. Burial will be held at the convenience of the
LESTER E. McGINNIS
Lester E. McGinnis, 65, Beallsville, died Dec. 30, 2010
was born Sept. 3, 1945 in Beallsville, a son of the late Edward
and Martha Vanness McGinnis.
He was a Vietnam Air Force veteran; a retired operator from the
former Union Carbide; and a member of Powhatan Point Church of
Surviving are his wife, Bonnie Lou Pyles McGinnis; a son,
Michael (Sherrie) McGinnis; a daughter, Russie (Leroy) Baker,
all of Beallsville; two grandsons, Steven Patrick McGinnis,
Ethan Leroy McGinnis; a granddaughter, Tonia Ann Baker; two
brothers, Chester (Carolyn) McGinnis, Ralph (Duanna) McGinnis,
all of Barnesville; three sisters, Dorothy Carpenter and Betty
Lough of Barnesville, Nancy (James) Scott of Quaker City; and
several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his
grandparents who raised him, William and Lula Bell Vanness; and
a brother, Robert Edward McGinnis.
Friends were received Jan. 3 at Powhatan Point Church of
Nazarene, where funeral services were held Jan. 4, with Rev.
Graham, Rev. Noonan, and Rev. Brown officiating. Burial was in
Cemetery, where Powhatan
Veterans Honor Guard conducted military graveside services.
Memorial contributions may be made to Powhatan Point Church of
Nazarene, SR 7 South, Powhatan Point.
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com.
EVELYN M. LALLATHIN
Evelyn Marie Lallathin, 87, Sardis,
passed away Dec. 28, 2010 at Woodsfield Nursing and
Center. She was born Feb.
21, 1923 in Sardis,
a daughter of the late Charles F. and Lena M. Bruny Lallathin.
She was a member of the West Union Church of Christ.
Surviving are a sister, Alice Riley of
Wheeling; a sister-in-law, Virginia Lallathin of
Bridgeport; several nieces and nephews
and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two
sisters, Bertha Lengacher and Loraine Thomas; and two brothers,
Ralph D. and Carl E. Lallathin.
Services were held Dec. 31 at Kepner Funeral Home, Elm Grove, Wheeling, with Ron Stuilenbarger officiating.
Burial was in West Union Cemetery,
Memorial contributions may be made to The Ohio Valley
University, Campus View Drive, Vienna,
Condolences may be offered at www.kepnerfuneral.com
LUZETTA P. HILL
Luzetta P. “Zetta” Hill, 89,
Marietta, formerly of New
Matamoras, died Dec. 31, 2010 at
Hospital. She was born May 6, 1921,
near Rinard Mills, a daughter of the late James Tony Scott and
Matilda “Tillie” Graham Scott.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Brownsville Church of
Christ. She was a great mother-in-law who enjoyed helping
others, gardening, baking cookies, her Christian ministers who
visited regularly at the Harmar Place, and her grandchildren and
Surviving are two daughters, Clarice (Larry) Byers of Newport,
Kathy (Fred) Martino of Philadelphia, Pa.; a brother, John Scott
of Alliance; four grandchildren, Lanny (Lisa)
Byers, Tammy (Michael) Stern, Fred (Jill) Martino, Christopher
Martino; and five great-grandchildren, Stephen, Logan and Landon
Byers, Addison and Paxton Stern.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Wiley Hill on Sept. 15, 1992; three sisters, Beryl Lisk,
Janet Griffin, Donna May Dougherty; and two brothers, Ralph
Scott and Chauncey Scott.
Friends were received Jan. 4 until time of service at Watters
Funeral Home, Woodsfield, with Roger Rush and Lloyd Westbrook
officiating. Burial followed in New
Bea Decker, 90, Woodsfield Nursing and
Center, formerly of
Beallsville, died Jan. 3, 2011 at the center. She was born Oct.
29, 1920 in Paden City, W.Va.,
a daughter of the late Harold “Pat” and Ella Price Cecil.
She was a member of the Belmont Ridge Christian Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Penny (Dwight) Lucas of
Beallsville, Diana Hypes of Reynoldsburg; two granddaughters,
Debbie (Duane) Gehring, Brenda (Scott) Bondy; and four
great-grandsons, Shawn, Matthew, Nathan, and Shane.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Glenn Decker; four brothers, Harold, Harry, Bill, and
Jimmy Cecil; and three sisters, Monelle Clark, Margaret Bowen
and Betty Agin.
Friends will be received Jan. 6, from 3 - 8 p.m. at Harper
Funeral Home, Beallsville, where funeral services will be held
Jan. 6, at 11 a.m., with Jim Russ officiating. burial will
condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net