Adrian Delbert Sinsel, 89, a resident of Mansfield Addition, Philippi and a former resident of Union community, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at his residence.
He was born July 1, 1923, at Union community, Philippi, a son of the late Monzell Marcellus and Verdie (Ketchem) Sinsel.
He was united in marriage to his wife of 64 years, Margaret Louise (Phillips) Sinsel, who passed Sept. 5, 2012.
Surviving are two sons, Richard "Keith" Sinsel and wife, Jackie, of Franktown, Colo., and Steven Hall Sinsel and wife, Carol (Smithson), of Philippi; one brother, James Charles Sinsel of Grand Blanc, Mich.; and three grandchildren, Brian Sinsel of Price, Utah, Stephanie Sinsel and companion, Ryan Ashcraft, of Morgantown and Bronlyn Smith and husband, Ben, of Morgantown.
Mr. Sinsel was preceded in death by seven brothers, Boyd M., Gerald Donald, Denzil Carl, Thomas Earl, Brady Burlin, Ivan Eugene and Junior Harold.
He was a carpenter for the Carpenter's Union and self-employed as a general contractor.
Mr. Sinsel served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Adrian entered the military on June 25, 1943 and was assigned to the 11th Airborne, 511th parachute infantry regiment. As a young paratrooper, his unit made three combat jumps; one of those jumps was at Luzon. The 11th airborne made a daring raid behind enemy lines and liberated 2,147 allied prisoners from the Los Banos interment camp, which was under control of the Japanese. One of the objectives was to clear a mountain pass. It took three months of bitter fighting, and often hand to hand combat to drive the Japanese defenders from the pass and surrounding heights. In the end, the 11th airborne had killed almost 6,000 Japanese soldiers. He was a member of Carpenter's Local 2421, a member of Barbour County American Legion Post 44 and a member of Union Church of Christ.
Friends will be received at Wright Funeral Home, 216 N. Walnut St. in Philippi today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 26 from 8 to 11 a.m., the service hour with Pastor Mike MacAdam officiating. Interment will be in Belington Fraternal Cemetery with military honors being accorded.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Barbour County American Legion Post 44, 44 1/2 S. Main St., Philippi, WV 26416. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.wrightfuneralhomeservices.com.