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William T. "Bill" Van Pelt, 77, of McCue Avenue, Monongah, passed away Saturday evening in his residence.
He was born June 17, 1940, in Fairmont, son of the late Thaddeus and Mary Ellen Bolinger Van Pelt.
Mr. Van Pelt was a member of Monongah Baptist Church in Monongah. He served as a coal miner with Eastern Gas and Fuel, Federal No. 1, with 21 years of service. He was a member of the U.M.W.A. He later worked at Eimco for five years and served as a security guard for Monongalia General Hospital until retirement.
Bill was a proud member of Acacia Lodge 157, AF&AM, 32nd Degree Mason, and a member of Scottish Rite Bodies of Wheeling and Clarksburg. He enjoyed his faith, all family activities, and loved his children and grandchildren. Bill was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing in various bowling leagues.
Survivors include his four daughters and their spouses, MaryEllen and Jeff Brown of Monongah, Nancy and Jamie Howell of East Deer, Pennsylvania, Karen and Rob Richards of Monongah, and Linda and Greg Donewar of Fairmont; eight grandchildren, Chelsea Watkins of Munhall, Pennsylvania, Joshua and Amanda Brown of Monongah, Jimmy Howell of Fairmont, Whitney and Dana O'Dell of Bingamon, Zachary and Kaitlyn Brown of Monongah, Jessica Huffman of Fairmont, A.J. and Missy Richards of Monongah, and Cadence Howell of East Deer, Pennsylvania; seven great-grandchildren, Meredith and Chloe O'Dell, Dorothy and Carter Richards, Cohen and ElaiaGrace Brown, and Sutton Brown, and one sister, Norma June and her husband Paul Wood of Fairmont.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Buddy and Junior Van Pelt, and three sisters, Jenny Wood, Nancy Zink and Judith Ann Stewart.
Family and friends may call from 2-8 p.m. today and Thursday and from 10-11 a.m. Friday at Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with Pastor Karl Streyle officiating. Committal services will follow at 3 p.m. in the Old Brick Church Cemetery in Huttonsville. Members of the Masonic Order, AF&AM, will hold ritualistic services at the graveside.
Published on October 4, 2017
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