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July 29, 2010

~ “Make a Splash – Read”  • Library Summer Reading Program Ends with a Splash in Monroe Memorial Pool ~

The Monroe County Library held its annual Summer Reading Program June 14-July 23 with the theme “Make a Splash–Read.” Any child birth through grade six could join. The program concluded with a swim and pizza party at  the Monroe Memorial Pool. One hundred and eight-seven children joined the program with 125 completing it. Participants had six weeks to read at least 10 books. During the six weeks, several activities were planned  including a watercraft program by Christian Zlocki, storm safety by Carol Hehr, a magic show, craft day, water game day and children could create their own sea creatures. 

The library board had a hard time choosing the winners since the sea creatures were all exceptional. Chosen were: birth-pre-K, Karley Williams; K-3 grade, Madison Huck, 4-6 grade, Ashtin Austin. A drawing was held for a Leap Frog Scribble & Write, won by Kendol Morris, and an MP3 player won by Elizabeth Temesvary.

According to Kathy South, director, with the funding at its lowest, sponsors make this year’s program possible. They included: Domino’s Pizza, Fireworks USA, library patrons, Lifelong Learners, McDonald’s, Monroe Lodge #189 F&A.M. of Ohio, Monroe Memorial Pool, Monroe Tire Center, Inc., Monroe County Auditor Pandora Neuhart, Pat’s Gift Shoppe, James and Desiree Peters, Riesbeck’s Food Market, Mary Shaw, Walmart of New Martinsville, Westfall’s Florist, Woodsfield Chapter #268 O.E.S., Woodsfield Savings Bank and Woodsfield True Value.

Assisting with the party were library staff members Kathy South, Marsha Pittman, Loretta Stephens, Susan Smith and summer youth worker Jessica Frontz.

Our Readers Write

Dear Editor,

An unfortunate tragedy of unspoken events has taken place here in our “not so quiet little community.” No, this black eye was not caused by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, in fact, in the wake of a heinous crime, by acting with a quick response, the officers involved (you know who you are) acted with the utmost sense of duty to uphold the law, to serve and protect as stated in the oath they took before becoming an officer of the law. With that being said, a dangerous man was removed from the streets, prohibiting him from doing further harm to anyone else.

In the case of past and recent events, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department has been embarrassed by actions of others who have brought a dark cloud over their house. Those who did are no longer there. Sheriff Black, you should be proud to serve with the current officers on staff because they truly believe in their responsibility to serve Monroe County residents.

Now as for the black eye. I have found that the Prosecuting Attorney’s office is under staffed, ill prepared, over confident, and not qualified in prosecuting anyone or anything but collecting money for bad checks and speeding tickets, which has very little effect. If it is not politically driven to benefit you or something that requires actually reading and becoming familiar with the case you are going to handle in less than an hour before going to court you are going to screw it up. I believe you have all become complacent in your job working here in a small town.

In my recent experience with viewing the workings of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, I’ve seen a lack of passion for the law, the victim, and striving for justice. You need to wake up, take the blindfolds off, and open up your eyes and realize there are crimes going on in this county that need your full attention. There are victims who deserve justice.

We can’t have the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department knocking the ball out of the park, while in the next inning the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is dropping the ball. The Sheriff’s Department did a great job gathering the evidence. Why did the prosecutor fail to use the evidence provided to prosecute?

Stephanie DeVier
Fly, Ohio 

Dear Editor,

January 28, 2010, I have not seen my mother in over four years. My son drove me to Pittsburgh airport today so I can fly home to Texas to my mother’s hospital room. Only in the hospital three times in her entire life to birth her children, Mom now faces the diagnosis of cancer, aggressive gastric lymphoma, cancer of the stomach. Mom passed away April 3, 2010 while wearing a portable chemo pack. Mom would have turned 80 on June 28.

On a wall in the Oncology wing, third floor, Arlington Memorial Hospital, there hangs a plaque that states the following: 

What cancer cannot do. Cancer is so limited. It cannot: cripple love, shatter hope, corrode faith, destroy peace, kill friendship, suppress memories, silence courage, invade the soul, steal eternal life, conquer the spirit.

It did not do any of these to my mother.

Mother’s passing was a complete shock to everyone but most of all to Mom. As she has spent decades educating herself and those around her about good health and what to do to keep it. Mom was so healthy even her doctors asked her what she was doing to stay healthy while they took notes. She never missed her medical appointments.

Not one symptom that anything was wrong, until it was too late. Low white blood count and internal bleeding, that’s what put her in the hospital on Jan. 22. No pains, just fatigue.

I am still in my home state of Texas as I am mother’s executrix of her estate. I do hope to be back home in time to celebrate my 42nd wedding anniversary with my husband, John R. Weber and son Daniel. Forty-two years with John, yes, I do deserve a celebration don’t I? LOL

While I have been here, family and friends have shared the news of those we know who now are also faced with cancer. John and I are cancer patients too. Need I say more?

I have had the support of my family during these past months, but not the support of our community.

While we are enduring our sorrows, gossip mongers spread the lie that I have left my family. I doubt these individuals have the decency to apologize to my husband and son for being so thoughtless and ignorant. My suggestion to these “Busy bodies” is to concentrate on their own lives and the people they love because no one knows who or when cancer will strike next, as the cancer “roll-call” grows daily.

When I return to Woodsfield I do not want to be reminded of why I have been away so long. Memories will do that for me.

Sincerely, Katherine Weber

Dear Editor,

I keep seeing this “bed tax” idea floating to the top, again and again, as a source of income to finance keeping on an economic developer. May I shed some light of reality on this subject?

I was at a meeting recently where a representative from Belmont County was inspiring the group about that county’s bed tax. He said, “We’ve got over 900 beds that we tax in our county. It’s like an oil well pumping for us.”

If we impose a tax on the lodgings providers in Monroe County, it won’t be like an oil well pumping. If you put all of us together, we don’t have 60 beds. That’s counting the motel, the cabins and bed and breakfasts. If you take this group of lodgings providers who are already charging all that the traffic will stand and tell them that all they have to do is “pass the tax on to the lodgers,” you have not got a clear understanding of how that would work.

I have spoken to other lodgings providers in this county and we will all tell you that there is no way that we can even consider raising our prices to include a “bed tax”. If we do, our customers will go on to Caldwell to the Best Western where they have a pool, or on to New Martinsville, or on over to St. Clairsville. So, there is no raising our rates - just not an option.

This lodgings business isn't ‘get rich quick’. Through great expense and with much determination, we have each built our businesses. We pay an insurance you can’t even imagine for the specialized coverage we require. In my case, the fees I pay to the state for my cheese facility and to the county for my commercial kitchen license would amaze you. Each lodgings provider has expenses that are unique to what they are doing, from housekeeping to a manager to property maintenance. Add a bed tax and some of us will simply decide that it is not worth it.

We are not Belmont County. There is no interstate going through us nor many of the draws that they have. We have some determined lodgings providers who do their own advertising and promoting and provide a valuable service to the community and to the other businesses. Our people come and we give them the list of where they can eat in our county and the stores and businesses that will meet their needs while they are here and directions to get there. When I’m full up, I send them to the other lodgings and they do the same for me.

None of us are getting rich, and realistically, we are not a source of untapped revenue to finance anything. We are making a living by providing a service.

We need to move on and stop talking about putting the squeeze on this county’s smallest industry to generate funds for anything. There is no way to put a spin on this idea to make it sound like a realistic plan. What it would do is, make some of us just quit. We have just barely enough lodgings in this county as it is. We don’t need to be floating an idea that would - 1. Generate an insignificant amount of money. 2. Cause some to stop providing the service at all.

This county needs its handful of lodgings providers. We are a determined group of business people who love this county and love extending our unique brand of Monroe County hospitality in the form of comfortable lodgings. We work hand-in-hand with the restaurants and businesses to round out our patrons’ stay in this great county. We’ve been working at our own brand of economic development. We funded it ourselves and no one ever stepped up to the plate to pay for our ideas.

We are already taxed. This year, my real estate taxes doubled. Every penny my lodgings generate, is taxed by the state and federal government. I’m already paying my share. Sometimes, good people with good intentions come up with some ideas that, after close examination, are not good ideas. The idea of a bed tax in this county is one of those. Count me out.

Nicki Blackstone


Relay For Life Exceeds Goal; Raises Over $54,400

by Martha Ackerman
General Manager/Editor

Another Relay For Life has come and gone with Monroe County again surpassing its goal of $50,000. According to Relay spokesperson Shirley Brown, they raised $54,417.76 this year! 

As always, the Survivors’ Lap was an emotional one as  the banner was carried around the track by Survivor King and Queen Bob Spears and Sandy Brookover with the help of her granddaughter Breanna Thomp-son, and survivor Lucy Dailey. Some familiar faces were seen, but some were missing.

Brown introduced each team and its captain. Sharing an emotional history of her team, Grump’s Bunch, was Linda McConnell.

She told of the many fundraisers the team sponsored. They began selling buckeyes and fudge. This last year team members made and sold over 267 dozen buckeyes and that’s not counting the cookies and fudge they also sold. “It’s a family team,” said Linda, who told of her father being a caregiver as her mother battled with the dreaded disease and how she ultimately lost that fight. “We’ll do this until we find a cure ... for little Aiden and Dani, it has stolen their childhood,” said Linda. “We can do this with faith and hard work because without God nothing is possible.”

Brown told of the mini relays held at the various schools. At St. Sylvester it was their first relay with Chrissy Ferguson leading the way. The students raised $3,041.29. Sardis Elementary raised $2,300; Han-nibal Elementary, $1,452.89; Miss Polly’s Pre-school, $908; and last but not least, Beallsville High and Elementary raised a record $10,585! Brown congratulated the schools for working really hard to achieve the amounts they did.

Don Jones gave his survivor testimony. He lost two brothers to cancer. This was his third relay. He encouraged all men over 40 to get their annual exams and blood work. 

Don was diagnosed with prostate cancer in March 2007. After 45 radiation treatments throughout that summer, Don’s PSA goes down with each blood workup. When the doctor told him that he needed blood work done every six months and the doctor would see him in 12 months, he told the doctor, “Sounds like I’m going to be around a while.

“I want to say to you a message of hope. When you are around people who show love, it helps.”

A moving luminary service followed at dark with survivors Bob Brown, Pat Mc-Dougal, Ethel Jeffers, Jeanie Ritchie, Brenda Griffon, Stan-ley Jarrett, Jonna Magyar and Eugene Milhoan carrying torches onto the track as hundreds of luminaries were lighted in honor and memory of cancer victims.

The top team this year was the Trailblazers, raising $9,229; followed by Grumps Bunch, Dennis’ Menaces, Rainbows & Ribbons, Team Dani, Shining Stars and the Dream Team. Dennis’ Men-aces was awarded Best Team Banner and Best Spirit Stick and Rainbows & Ribbons received top honors as Best Decorated Campsite. Many purses were auctioned by Greg Christy at the Purse Auction and Evan Eggleston was crowned Ms. Relay.

Entertainment for the event was provided by the Not So Rich & Famous Band, South-bound Band, Karissa Martin, Gary Jones and R&K Karaoke & DJ Service. The Woodsfield Fire Department and St. Sylvester School cooked and served a delicious barbecue chicken dinner. Riesbeck’s donated the cake for the Survivors’ celebration and breakfast was provided by Jeanie Dixon before the closing ceremonies.

The annual Survivors’ Dinner was held July 13 at Swiss Hills Career Center. According to Sandy Brook-over, Survivor Chairperson, approximately 100 survivors, caregivers and family members attended. Speakers for the dinner were Dr. JonDavid Pollock of Wheeling Hospital and survivors Kristine Thompson and Pat McDougal. The dinner was sponsored by Wheeling Hospital Shiffler Cancer Center and Woodsfield Christian Church and was prepared by Norma Williams and Chris Glotfelty. Kathie Shilling donated the survivor cake. The theme for the relay was Walking the Red Carpet for a Cure and the survivors were treated like celebrities and given gift bags, flowers and pins.

The 2010 Relay For Life  banner was carried around the track in the opening Survivor’s Lap by Survivor King and Queen Bob Spears and Sandy Brookover with the help of her granddaughter Breanna Thompson, and survivor Lucy Dailey.                                Photos by Martha Ackerman

Cancer survivor Don Jones encouraged all men over 40 to have their annual check-ups including blood work.





Relay co-chairman Shirley Brown, right, talks with the 2010 Ms. Relay Evan Eggleston.      Photo Submitted


Selmon to Remain on Bench for Russell Trial

by Taylor Abbott
Staff Writer

“I am used to it these days counselor.”

Responding to public defender Mark Morrison’s comments regarding a motion asking her to disqualify herself, Judge Julie Selmon said she would not be stepping aside.

The motion came after suspected bomb plotter Charlie Leroy Russell said that she had  prejudged him.

Morrison called on Russell to testify on what Selmon allegedly said.

“Judge Selmon said she considered me a menace to society,” said Russell.

“And when was that said?” asked Morrison.

“That was during the first time I came before Judge Selmon,” said Russell.

Selmon asked court reporter John Yocca to replay the arraignment hearing for Russell.

The recording was played in its entirety. Russell’s allegations were proven false when the recording stopped. Selmon, at no point during the recording, said that Russell was a menace to society.

Morrison said, “You heard the comments; Is that, in fact, the hearing you are referring to?” 

“Perhaps not. I know I did not imagine the judge telling me I was a menace to society. It could have been the next hearing, I am not sure,” said Russell.

Selmon denied the motion following Russell’s testimony.

Morrison then called Woodsfield Police Chief Chuck Hamilton to testify.

Hamilton was questioned extensively regarding the man-ner in which the search warrant was executed and the reliability of the informant who gave information to authorities.

During the hearing, Selmon also requested information regarding each counsel’s explosives expert.

Morrison asked that he be permitted to hire explosives expert Richard W. Kovarsky, Cincinnati, to testify. He said that he will be paid $2500, coming from the county’s general fund, for his expertise.

Prosecuting Attorney Lynn Riethmiller said that the State has asked explosives expert Tom Taylor to testify before the court regarding the substances seized during the search of Russell’s home.

Russell was remanded to the custody of Noble County Jail following the hearing. A trial is expected to begin in mid to late August.


Around the Burnside  

Keep words soft and tender because tomorrow you may have to eat them.

Cherish all the happy moments, they make a fine cushion for old age.

Well, the Jamboree is over for another year. I did watch some of it on TV but not as much as years gone by. I did observe a few things. I think maybe some of the groups do not make enough to buy decent clothes to wear. As someone said, “Don’t they own any clothes without holes?” OK, I realize how you dress at the Jamboree is not the most important thing as some try to wear as little as possible.

Some other groups seem so busy they don’t stop at the barbershop or own a razor.

Finally, I think my hearing aids need to be repaired. Most of those I watched seem to scream and yell which makes it nearly impossible for me to hear any words. They call it singing, but the crowd seems to love it as the attendance was up this year.

The grounds look like a large dump after it is over. Very few seem to do anything but throw their trash on the ground. Then again I remember at times our fairgrounds resembled a trash covered field.

I don’t know why I mentioned my ideas about the JITH as a lot of people seem to enjoy and it brings extra money to folks and businesses in the area. As long as I can get NCIS on the tube I don’t really care.

From the internet. A youth was sitting, listening with his mother to the minister. He turned to her and said, “I have decided I want to be a preacher when I grow up.” 

Very pleased his mother asked, “Why did you decide this?” 

He replied, “I’d rather stand up front and yell than sit back here and listen.”

I forgot to mention last week the ice cream social at Trinity Church. The attendance and the food were excellent. Actually, the getting together and visiting with friends is probably the biggest value of the community activities over the county. The food just makes you fat or should I say obese?

I think I reminded a few how they cooled of during hot weather by swimming in their birthday suits in the creek.

The Lewisville one-day carnival is coming up on the 7th of Aug. the first Saturday. It is a one-day activity with just about everything going on most of the day and evening including a parade and chicken cooked by the Lewisville Fire Department. I’m here to tell you, “you ain’t never ’et chicken until you’ve had chicken cooked by the Lewisville Fire Department.” It’s non-fattening too as long as you don’t eat more than a half of chicken.

This reminded me of a Senior 4-H camp many years ago. We were to have barbeque chicken for the evening meal. For some reason or another our charcoal did not get hot or burn as it should as soon as it should.

As a result we had to send the campers to vespers and part of the evening program before our chicken was cooked. By this time campers were really hungry. It must have been good as one camper ate a whole chicken and a half. No one complained about the food.

Have you ever had a moment during a day that you know you just aren’t going to do anything productive the rest of the day? Today is the day.

I don’t get to attend the community festivals I did at one time and a number of them are held all over our county. It kind of reminds me of things years ago.

How many of us remember when the school district closed our schools at Bethel, Graysville and Lewisville? There were folks on both sides of the fence. Some thought it was the thing to do; others didn’t think so and some said our community will die without our school. It didn’t happen.

Folks in the community got together and started to do something about it. I know more about Lewisville than other areas as good things have happened over the years. It’s almost unbelievable what has happened. Yes, there were special grants and help but it takes a few dedicated people to make it work and get the community alive. Not just Lewisville but at Bethel and Graysville the same thing happened. I for one really appreciate all the work, time and effort these folks have donated to make our communities a better place to live.

You hear going green over and over. So what? Grass is green. Some of the big thinkers tell us that cows eat grass and grain and expel loads of methane gas into the air. Well, the British have come up with a solution. They say feed your cows chitny and it will cut way down on the methane expelled by cows. This might be OK but I do not have the slightest idea what chitny is or really care as I don’t have any cows to spread gas.

I’ll bet you didn’t know food will spend about 72 hours in the digestive system of a cow. No wonder we get a little gas.

One way to describe health food is anything eaten before the expiration date.

Going to church Sunday? Why not?


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Charles F. Billman, 92, 462 Jennings Ave., Salem, died July 17, 2010 at Salem Care Center, following a short illness. He was born Nov. 22, 1917 near Lewisville, a son of the late Fred Cabot Billman and Vida Ethel Ogg Billman.

He was a graduate of Lewisville High School, and a graduate of Muskingum College, New Concord. He was a retired insurance agent for Nationwide Insurance. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Salem, and also attended the Lewisville United Methodist Church. He was also a U.S. Navy veteran serving during WWII in the South Pacific. He was a member of the Perry Masonic Lodge, Salem; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Youngstown; York Rite and Eastern Star, Salem; and Shrine Club in Cleveland.

Surviving are his wife, Adelaide Rubel Billman, whom he married June 6, 1942; two sons, Lloyd (Andrea) Billman of Garrettsville, Dwight Billman of Salem; a sister, Myrtie Baker of Columbus; three grandchildren, Jeff Billman, Perry Billman, Hallie Linderbaum; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Clara Meek and Mary Stephen; and two brothers, John Billman and James Billman.

Friends were received July 20 at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services were held July 21, with Rev. Richard Wilson officiating. Burial followed in Friendship Cemetery, Lewisville, with full military graveside services.

Michael William Leasure
Michael William Leasure, 18, 34037 Brownsville Rd., New Matamoras, died July 18, 2010 upon arrival at the Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville. He was born Feb. 10, 1992 at Marietta, a son of Greg and Debra Leasure of New Matamoras and Tracy Adkins of Florida.

He was a self-employed carpenter. He enjoyed riding four-wheelers, his family and especially his girlfriend, Jaynel Smith.

In addition to his parents, surviving are four brothers, Greg Leasure, Jr. of Florida, Charlie Leasure of Florida, Glendon Leasure of Brownsville, Devon Leasure of Brownsville; three sisters, Tisha Leasure of Florida, Cassie Withrow of Brownsville, Kayla Maine of Clarington; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by an uncle, Jackie Leasure; a grandmother, Amanda Farnsworth; and a cousin, Michael Carlsen.

Friends were received until time of service July 22 at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, with Rev. Frank Conley officiating. Burial followed in Locust Grove Cemetery near Sardis.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Peoples Savings Bank, 710 2nd St., New Matamoras, OH 45767.

Glenward E. Griffith,
Glenward E. Griffith, 87, Woodsfield, died July 24, 2010 after a short illness. He was s on of the late John and Ella Craig Griffith of Monroe County.

He moved to Columbus where he worked and lived after serving in the U.S. Army during WWII and uniting in marriage to Edith. He worked for many years at Columbus Showcase and on the maintenance staff at the Methodist Theological School of Ohio in Delaware, as a painter where upon his retirement in 1985 the students bestowed upon him the title “Rev. Glen Griffith, Master of Divinity,” honoring his friendship and maintenance ministry. He was known for his love of gardening and the large gardens he grew in Delaware and at the farm near Woodsfield. He was always giving the bounty of his gardens to seminary students, neighbors and those in need. Upon retirement he moved to his farm and was an active member at the Moffett-Fletcher United Methodist Church, the Monroe County Water Board, and other activities within the county. He loved the farm-life and enjoyed pointing out the names of the many trees as he took his grandchildren on hikes.

Surviving are his two daughters, Christine (Robert Heuser) of Denver, Colorado, Rebecca (Dennis Sparks) of Charleston, W.Va.; a son, Glen Griffith (Martha Maxwell) of Eugene, Oregon; loved greatly and missed by his grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren: Elizabeth (Eric Oppenheumer) from Denver, and their two children Kinley (5) and Waverly (19 mo.); Micah Sparks (Mica Cogar) from Delaware and their two children Coltin (4) and Sierra (2); Matthew Russell (Lori Salazar) from Denver and their two children Isaac (6) and Isaiah (14); Daniel Sparks from Delaware and Justin Griffith (Marsha Gore) from Delaware and their new baby, William; and Miles Griffith (6) from Eugene.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Alicia Ann in 1961; his loving wife, Edith Reed Griffith in 1978; sisters, Eunice Cummings, Mildred Truax, both of Columbus; brother, Charles Floyd Griffith of Marietta.

Friends were received July 27 from 6 - -9 p.m. at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield. Services were held July 28 at Moffett-Fletcher United Methodist Church, with Rev. Dennis Sparks officiating and Martha Potts organist. Burial was at Moffett-Fletcher United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Moffett United Methodist Church’s Cemetery Fund or the Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Activities Fund.

Robert H. Stoehr, 84, Canton, died July 24, 2010 in Aultman Hospital. He passed away peacefully surrounding by his family, following a period of declining health. He was born Mary 22, 1926 in Beallsville, a son of the late Harold E. and Adda Mae Conger Stoehr.

He grew up in Woodsfield and lived the greater portion of his life in Canton. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, serving in the Pacific Theater. He was a retired carpenter and home builder. He was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Lark R. Stoehr of Canton, Flek (Kathy) Stoehr of Perry Twp.; several nieces, nephews and special friend, Rose Mary Green.

Friends will be received until time of services at 1 p.m., July 28 at Reed Funeral Home Canton Chapel, with Pastor James D. Zimmerman officiating. Burial followed in Melscheimer Cemetery.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Frances Lucille Stoehr in 1989; two brothers, William and Harold Jr.

Condolences may be made to www.reedfuneralhome.com

Daniel J. Ludwig,
Daniel J. Ludwig, 30, Blacklick, formerly of Woodsfield, died July 25, 2010 in Licking County. He was born July 24, 1980 in Wheeling, W.Va., a son of Glenn and Cheryl Hartshorn Ludwig.

He was a 1998 graduate of Monroe Central High School and was currently a student at Ohio University Pickerington. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran serving during Enduring Freedom.

In addition to his parents, surviving are a daughter, Lacy Ludwig of Caldwell; two brothers, Jason Ludwig, Brad Ludwig, both of Woodsfield; maternal grandparents, Don and Emily Hartshorn of Woodsfield; paternal grandmother, Shirley Ludwig of Woodsfield; girlfriend, Karin Knowlton of Blacklick; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Philip Ludwig; and a cousin, Dalton Ludwig.

Friends will be received at Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, from 11 a.m. until time of services at 1 p.m. July 28, with Keith Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the Moffett Cemetery near Woodsfield with full military graveside services.