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Obituaries for Feb. 1, 2001

Thelma G. Alderman

SALEM -- Thelma G. Alderman, 74, of Newport, Ohio, formerly of Salem, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at a family member's residence.

She was born Nov. 4, 1926, a daughter of the late Edward B. and Nora Lattea Ray.

Her husband, Howard Alderman, of Newport, Ohio, survives. Her first husband, Gerald T. Alderman, whom she was married to for 48 years, preceded her in death in 1994.

Also surviving are one daughter, Connie Thompson and husband, Raymond A., Salem; one sister, Vera Rahana, Tracy, Calif.; two brothers, Alvin Ray, Gault, Calif., and Harold Eugene Ray, West Milford; five grandchildren, Kevin Thompson, Raymond Shawn Thompson, Angela Chipps, B. Shane Thompson, all of Salem, and Sherri Mulneix, Parkersburg; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Elaine Childers; and one brother, George Ray.

Mrs. Alderman was a homemaker. She formerly attended Holy Temple Church.

Edwin Lee Bowyer

WESTON -- Edwin Lee Bowyer, 61, of Route 2, Box 97, Camden, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001, at 12:30 a.m. in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, following an extended illness.

He was born Nov. 10, 1939, a son of the late Everett Guy Bower and Gurtrude Grafton White Bowyer.

His wife, the former Janice Lee Pratt, whom he married on April 20, 1966, preceded him in death on Sept. 30, 1995.

Surviving are one son, Edwin Lee Bowyer II, stationed in Guam for the U.S. Air Force; three daughters, Kimberly Turner, Jane Lew, Annett Marshall, Camden, and Betty Jo "Jake" Hartley, Jackson's Mill; five grandsons, Eric Marshall, Camden, Cameron, Lucas and Colton Turner, Jane Lew, and Nicolas Hartley, Jackson's Mill; five foster children, Phyllis Pringle, Weston, Helen Snyder, Wooster, Ohio, Emma Ryder, Weston, and Jackie West, Ohio; three brothers, Bill Bowyer, West Milford, Jack Bowyer, Lost Creek, and Lynn Bowyer, Weston; and one sister, Phyllis Bush, Arlington, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Bowyer was a self- employed carpet layer for many years. He had worked the last eight years at Heilig Myers, Weston.

He and his wife were foster parents to many foster children.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 5-7 p.m. Saturday. There will be no funeral service. At the request of the deceased, the body will be cremated.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

Velma P. Chiccarella

CLARKSBURG -- Velma P. Chiccarella, 73, of East Olive Street, Bridgeport, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

She was born Jan. 12, 1928, in Spelter, a daughter of the late Raymond "Ray" and Minnie Cupp Swiger.

Her husband, Phillip "Babe" Chiccarella, preceded her in death on Feb. 22, 1978.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Phyllis) Conley, Nutter Fort, and Mrs. Robert (Linda) Williams, Orlando, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having also been preceded in death by three brothers, Raymond, Harry and Bob Swiger; and one sister, Georgie Swiger.

Mrs. Chiccarella retired from Anchor Hocking with 20 years of service in quality control.

She was Catholic by faith.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, 1 Olen Thomas Drive, Route 98, from 7-9 p.m. today, where the funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday with the Rev. Hayward Minear officiating. Interment will be in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Mary Harriet Cottrill

WEST UNION -- Mary H. Cottrill, 96, of Centerpoint, Rock Run community, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, Salem.

She was born Aug. 6, 1904, a daughter of the late William and Dora Gilmore.

Her husband, Charles Eldin Cottrill Sr., preceded her in death in December 1975.

Surviving are three daughters, Peggy Beam, Leesburg, Fla., Annabelle Brandt, Milwaukee, Wis., and Neldi Domigan, Fairborn, Ohio; one son, LeRoi Cottrill, Milwaukee; one nephew, Carl Moore, Williamsburg, N.J.; 17 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by four sons, one brother and one sister.

Mrs. Cottrill was a teacher for many years in West Virginia. She retired in 1959 as the executive secretary at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

She attended the Rock Run Wesleyan Methodist Church, Rock Run.

Wavelene M. 'Wave' Davis

WEST UNION -- Wavelene M. "Wave" Davis, 62, of Smithburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001, at her residence.

She was born Jan. 17, 1939, in Ashley, Doddridge County, a daughter of Sylvia Johnson McCartney of West Union, and the late Lee "Bus" Parker.

Her husband, Clearyl E. "Tom" Davis, whom she married May 17, 1958, preceded her in death on May 3, 1993.

Also surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Pauline and Robert S. Moore, Englands Run Road, West Union; three sisters, Arlene Lawson and Mary Randolph, both of West Union; three sisters, Arlene Lawson and Mary Randolph, both of West Union, and Betty McCombs, Snowbird Road, West Union; three brothers, Jennings Jones, West Union, Donald Jones, Blandville, and Larry Jones, West Union; and one grandson, her pride and joy, Robert E. Moore, a student at Glenville State College.

Mrs. Davis was a member of the Morgan's Run United Brethren Church of Morgan's Run. She served on the DEO Committee of Doddridge County.

She worked her teen-age years as a cook at the former Middle Point School on Maxwell Ridge. She also did restaurant work in the West Union area. She was later employed at Myles Manufacturing Plant in West Union until its closing and then was employed at Laura Mae Manufacturing Plant in Pennsboro. She then went to work with her daughter at the former Moore's Superette in Smithburg until she retired in April 1997.

She enjoyed gardening, raising farm animals, cooking and being outside with her dog, Lady. She was a devoted mother and grandmother.

Julie A. 'Pop' Diaz

CLARKSBURG -- Julie A. "Pop" Diaz, 84, of Clarksburg, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

He was born Jan. 11, 1917, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Ramon and Gloria Alonso Diaz.

His wife, Eleanor Diaz, whom he married April 25, 1946, preceded him in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Juliann Gorby; one son, Charles Diaz and wife, Linda Diaz, Columbus, Ohio; one brother, George Diaz and wife, Daisy; one sister, Norma Diaz, Clarksburg; one sister and brother-in-law, Kevin and Charlene Fahey, Rocky Hill, Conn.; seven grandchildren, Roger "Ro" Gorby and wife, Tiffany, and Michael Gorby, all of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Chris Diaz and wife, Tina, and Andrew Diaz, all of Columbus, Ohio, Amy Allen and husband, Michael, Bozeman, Mont., Erica and Marcus Gorby, Clarksburg; four great-grandchildren, Trae Gorby, Kerrington Gorby, Mason Allen and Mariella Gorby; and four nephews, Kevin, Jeffrey and Dennis Fahey, and David Diaz.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Homer Diaz and Tony Diaz; and one nephew, Thomas Diaz.

Mr. Diaz was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II. He was an avid golfer and longtime member of the Barbour County Country Club.

He was a sports enthusiast with a particular allegiance to the Liberty High School football team while coached by his son-in-law, Roger Gorby. He was retired from Rolland Glass at the age of 58 with 42 years service.

Friends may call at the Bartolo Funeral Home, Clarksburg, from noon-9 p.m. Friday. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home at 8 p.m. Friday. Catholic burial rites will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Saint James Catholic Church, North View. Interment will follow at the Holy Cross Cemetery.

Hubert Earl Goff

PENNSBORO -- Hubert Earl Goff, 75, of Auburn, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at his residence.

He was born July 7, 1925, at Hazelgreen, Ritchie County, a son of the late Joseph H. and Mary Victoria Brissey Goff.

His wife, Mary Catherine Tharp Goff, survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Diana Riddle, Marshville community, Clarksburg, Anita Bonnett, Troy, and Pamela Crouch, Berea; four sons, Gene Goff, Hazelgreen, Dwight Goff, Elizabeth, Allen Goff, Sardis community, Clarksburg, and Jeffery Goff, Harrisville; one sister, Willa Mae Brown, Huntington; 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by an infant son, Stephen Goff; three brothers, Delva, Willard and Ralph Goff; and three sisters, Dale Hinzman, Ruby Emery and Elnora Harbor.

Mr. Goff had been a driller in the oil and gas fields and retired from Carnegie Natural Gas Co., Tollgate District, with 20 years of service.

He was a graduate of Harrisville High School with the class of 1943. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy in the Marine Corps, seeing action in the South Pacific as a medic during World War II.

He was a former member of the South Fork Grange, Berea, and had attended the Auburn Baptist Church.

Jeffrey Lynn 'Hick' Hickman

SHINNSTON -- Jeffrey Lynn "Hick" Hickman, 41, of Independence, died at 4:41 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001, in the Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, following an extended illness.

He was born April 20, 1959, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Ira Franklin and Ruth Izena Elza Hickman.

His wife, Kim Anne McDilda Hickman, whom he married April 18, 1981, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Jeffrey L. Hickman Jr., Eric L. Hickman, both at home; one stepson, Timothy Trader, Morgantown; one stepdaughter, Tonya Trader at home; one grandson, Timothy Trader Jr.; five brothers, Alfred Hickman, Curtis Hickman, both of Wyatt, Virgil Hickman, Oakdale, Sidney Hickman, Wallace, and Kenneth Hickman, Lake Orion, Mich.; three sisters, Sharon Holbert, Lake Orion, Ruth Underwood, Wyatt, Barbara Wheeler, Shinnston; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Richard, David and Earl Hickman.

Mr. Hickman had been a construction worker and was a four-year member of the Pagan Motorcycle Club.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 7-9 p.m. today and from 2-9 p.m. Friday, where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment will be in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Orval L. Jenkins

CLARKSBURG -- Mr. Orval L. Jenkins, 84, formerly of 215 South Sixth St., Clarksburg, died at 11:10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001, in the Morgan Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Morgantown, following an extended illness.

He was born May 25, 1916, in Girta, Ritchie County, a son of the late William Henry and Eva Blanche Stull Jenkins.

His wife, Evelyn L. Marshall Jenkins, whom he married June 6, 1937, preceded him in death on Dec. 14, 1981.

Surviving are three sons, Orval Lyle Jenkins, Mineral Wells, Richard M. Jenkins, Clarksburg, and Ronald E. Jenkins, Bridgeport; three brothers, Roy Jenkins, Kingman, Ark., Okey Jenkins, Warren, Ohio, and Bill Jenkins, Hedgesville; one sister, Ruby Hobbs, San Diego, Calif.; two grandsons, Leslie E. and David L. Jenkins, both of Clarksburg; one great-grandson, Justyn Tyler Jenkins; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Alvin and Harvey Jenkins.

Mr. Jenkins had attended Faith Fellowship Church. He was formerly a member of the First Church of Nazarene, Harrison Street, Clarksburg, for many years where he had served as director of music.

He was a retired glass worker, retiring in 1974 after 32 years with AFG Industries, Fourco Glass, Rolland Division.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Richard Settles conducting. Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Evelyn Ruth Knotts

GRAFTON -- Evelyn Ruth Knotts, 82, of Blueville Drive, Grafton, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at the Grafton City Hospital.

She was born Jan. 12, 1919, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Francis Steven Ira Poe and Daisy Rogers Poe.

Her husband, William C. Knotts, whom she married Feb. 11, 1937, preceded her in death on Aug. 19, 1979.

Surviving are two sons, Richard D. Knotts, Flemington, and James F. Knotts and wife, Claudette, Vienna; four grandchildren, Kandice K. Knotts, Charleston, Kevin K. Knotts, Flemington, Melinda Schnap, West Borough, Mass., Kimberly A. Striker and husband, Steve, Noblesville, Ind.; and two great-grandchildren, Jared M. Turoczy and Kameron K. Knotts.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Jesse W. Poe and Ira F. S. Poe; and one great-granddaughter, Kendra Knotts.

Mrs. Knotts was a homemaker. She was a member of the Blueville United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women of the church.

She was a member of the Naomi Chapter 12 of Order of Eastern Star and American Association of Retired Persons.

Betty R. Kelley Kuzma

WHEELING -- Betty R. Kelley Kuzma, 65, of Dallas, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001, in Wheeling Hospital.

She was born Feb. 20, 1935, in Bulltown, a daughter of Glenna Marple Kelley of Gassaway, and the late Edward Kelley.

Her husband, Charles L. Kuzma, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Charles A., Graysville, Pa., and Michael, Glen Dale; seven daughters, Debra McCracken, Portsmouth, Va., Mary Jane Uraco, Wheeling, Glenna Tran, Beckley, Betty McGinnis, Wheeling, Julie Perdok, Martins Ferry, Ohio, Marilyn Key, Adena, Ohio, and Carol McElfresh, Moundsville; 20 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Truman J. Belknap.

Mrs. Kuzma was a Methodist.

She was a graduate of Burnsville High School, Braxton County.

Darrell E. McIntyre

FLATWOODS -- Darrell E. McIntyre, 86, of Burnsville, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001, at the Cedar Grove Personal Care Home, Parkersburg, after a long illness.

He was born Sept. 8, 1914, at Shirley Heights, a son of the late Eddie McIntyre and Opal Sandy McIntyre.

His wife, Margaret McIntyre, preceded him in death on Jan. 23, 1985.

Surviving are four daughters, Darlena Riffle and husband, Herbert, Burnsville, Sara Brown and husband, Homer, Sugar Creek, Ohio, and Charlotte Sears, Charleston, Marcia Saluk and husband, Steve, Parkersburg; one sister, Geraldine Richard, Weirton; 12 grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one stepgreat-grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Patricia Gaskins; one grandson, Carl Joseph Sears II; and one brother, Norman McIntyre.

Mr. McIntyre was a retired chief station engineer with the Equitable Gas Co. at Burnsville. She was a member of the Burnsville United Methodist Church, the Burnsville Masonic Lodge No. 87, the Scottish Rite of Wheeling and Clarksburg, the Order of the Eastern Star Lodge No. 85 at Glenville, the Burnsville Lions Club, life member of the National Rifle Association, and belonged to the Shriner's Lodge.

Marvin Eugene Robe

FAIRMONT -- Marvin Eugene Robe, 61, of Bunner Ridge community, Fairmont, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001, at the home of his sister, Marlene Gasda.

He was born April 28, 1939, in Marion County, a son of the late Denzil M. and Ota Pride Robe.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Master Sergeant Steve Robe and wife, Melissa, Ohio, and Gregory Robe and wife, Angela, Fairmont; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tina Kendall and husband, Stephen, Bunner Ridge, and Vickie DeRiggi and husband, Robert, Kingwood; his former wife and mother of their children, V. Jeanne Bucklew, Arthurdale; one brother, Millard Blynn Robe and wife, Margaret, Fairmont; three sisters, Doris Carpenter and husband, Glenn, Bunner Ridge, Dorothy Carpenter and husband, Wayman, Winfield community, Marlene Gasda and husband, Bill, Barrackville; one sister-in-law, June Robe, Bunner Ridge; one brother-in-law, Henry Fast, Grafton; 11 grandchildren, Bryan Robe, Corie Robe, Austin Robe, Whitney Kendall, Chandler Kendall, Wyndsom Kendall, Cierra Kendall, Spencer Kendall, Celeste DeRiggi, Alexus Robe and Conner Robe; a special friend, Harriet Toothman, Fairmont; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Bernard Robe; and two sisters, Wilda Fast and Audra Robe, who died in infancy.

Mr. Robe was a heavy equipment operator and private contractor. He had worked for Consolidation Coal Co., Valley General Contracting and Ace Construction. As a private contractor he and his brother built several homes in Marion County, especially Bunner Ridge.

He was a member of the McConkey Chapel Free Methodist Church, Grafton. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working in his garden. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America. He was a loving father and grandfather who especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Betty Lou Smith Shockey

PHILIPPI -- Betty Lou Smith Shockey, 61, of Morgantown, passed away at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, in the Monongalia General Hospital, following a lengthy illness.

She was born Dec. 28, 1939, at Philippi, a daughter of the late Denzel "Gus" and Virginia Stalnaker Smith.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Raymond Lee and Marsha Shockey, Belington; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Joy and Frank Stemple, Philippi, and Carolyn Stuart, Morgantown; one granddaughter, Briana Nicole Shockey; one brother-in-law, Fred Corley, Parkersburg; one aunt, Louise Lucas, Flint, Mich.; one uncle and aunt, Ernest and Ada Smith, Port Charlotte, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Shirley Smith Corley.

Ms. Shockey was employed by Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. in Akron, Ohio, from 1967-1983, when the company moved to Henderson, Ky.

She retired in 1995 as customer service manager from Accurride formerly of Firestone. In 1997 she moved to Morgantown, where she currently resided.

She was a United Methodist by faith.

Paul E. Skidmore

PHILIPPI -- Paul Edward Skidmore, 81, a resident of Route 2, Philippi, passed away Tuesday morning, Jan. 30, 2001, at his residence, following an extended illness.

He was born April 30, 1919, in Parsons, a son of the late S.B. "Bliss" and Ruth "Comp" Skidmore.

On Sept. 30, 1946, he married the former Mary L. Vuchetich, who survives.

Also surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Kathi and husband Richard Michael McBee, Philippi; three sons and two daughter-in-laws, Paul Michael and wife Debbie Skidmore, Torrance, Calif., Kenneth David and wife Suzy Skidmore, Bridgeville, Pa., and Jon Christopher Skidmore, Beech Avenue, Philippi; three sisters, Colleen Wilt, Vero Beach, Fla., Susan Bennett, Philippi, and Jean Fornos, Tampa, Fla.; one brother, Francis Skidmore, Bridgeport; nine grandchildren, Lesli Craft, Traci McBee, Brett Skidmore, Abby Skidmore, Sean Skidmore, Erin Skidmore, Zach Skidmore, Megan Skidmore and Morgan Skidmore; 22 nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Lona Jenkins and Wilma Skidmore and one brother, Kenneth Skidmore.

Mr. Skidmore retired in 1981 as a belt foreman for Pittston Coal Co. He was a member of the United Mine Workers, Mine Rescue Teams for over 35 years and served as a trainer following his retirement.

He served in China, Burma and India as Tech Sgt. in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was an inactive member of the Philippi Fire Department, a life member of Laurel Mountain Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 410 of Belington, member of American Legion Post No. 44 of Philippi and the Barbour County Democrat Committee, where he served as chairman for several years.

He was an avid sportsman, hunter and fisherman. He was inducted into the West Virginia Turkey Hunters Hall of Fame.

Mr. Skidmore owned and operated several businesses, including the original B&B Cleaners and the former King of Clubs. He was a member of the Crim Memorial United Methodist Church.

Elsie Virginia Suttle

WESTON -- Elsie Virginia Suttle, 92, of 421 Madison St., Weston, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at the home of her daughter, Roberta Ann Suttle, following an extended illness.

She was born Oct. 22, 1908, in Lewis County, a daughter of the late Lemuel Presley Burkhammer and Leona Sharp Burkhammer.

Her husband, Enos Roscoe Suttle, whom she married on Dec. 13, 1920, preceded her in death on July 2, 1972.

Surviving are six daughters, Mrs. Fred (Marie) Marks, Mrs. Okey (Marlene) Bragg and Mrs. Roger (Darlene) Fallon, all of Weston, Mrs. Allen (Shirley) Burr, Buckhannon, Mrs. Don (Jane) White, Camden, and Roberta Ann Suttle, Weston; one son, William Suttle, Fort Myers, Fla.; 21 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having also been preceded in death by one son, James Suttle; one great-grandson, Brandon Scott Donaldson; two brothers and five sisters.

Mrs. Suttle was a homemaker. She was a Methodist by faith.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 6-8 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Friday with the Rev. Martin Wine officiating. Interment will follow in the Butchersville Cemetery.

Carolyn Sue Wilson

HARRISVILLE -- Carolyn Sue Wilson, 52, of Harrisville, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born March 19, 1947, in Harrisville, a daughter of the late Willie Lee and Sarah Margaret Phillips Newbrough.

Her husband, Vernon Wilson, preceded her in death.

Surviving are two children, Warren L. Wilson, Cairo; and Sherry L. Collins, Pullman; one brother, Willie Newbrough, Reno, Ohio; and one granddaughter, Nikita Lynn Collins.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Charles Newbrough.

Mrs. Wilson had been a machine operator at Economy Industries, Harrisville.

She was a member of the Harrisville Baptist Church.

Peter D. Zivkovic

FAIRMONT -- Peter Dragi Zivkovic, 71, of Rural Route 4, Fairmont, Upper Pricketts Creek, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at Country Comfort Personal Care, Worthington.

He was born July 10, 1929, in West Wilmerding, Pa., the only child of the late Dragi and Kathryn Stubrich Zivkovic.

His wife, Dorinda J. Stanis Zivkovic, preceded him in death.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Anthony Joseph and Jeanette Zivkovic, Fairmont; one sister, Cassandra Lea Farmer, Surfside Beach, S.C.; two grandchildren, Isaac Nicholas Zivkovic and Brittney Renee Zivkovic.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Jeffrey V. Zivkovic.

Mr. Zivkovic was a retired professor of English at Fairmont State College, where he taught for nearly 30 years. He had also taught at Auburn University, Georgia Tech and Iowa University. He graduated from high school in the Pittsburgh, Pa., area and earned a secondary education degree from Slippery Rock State Teachers College, Slippery Rock, Pa. He later earned a master's degree from the University of Illinois.

In addition to teaching he published several books including "Bezich," a short story and "Deer's Nest and Hawks Havens," a collection of poetry.

He served with the U.S. Army in Army Intelligence based at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippine Islands during the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a member of the American Association of Retired Persons and the Serb National Federation. He was raised in the Serbian Orthodox Church.

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