Mr. William Victor Gainer, 84, a resident of West Virginia Veterans Nursing Home at Clarksburg, departed this life at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in the care facility. He had been in declining health but death was unexpected.
He was born Dec. 30, 1927, at Kasson, a son of the late Earnest V. and Dovie Belle (Lutz) Gainer.
He was twice married, first, in 1952, to the former Martha Rae Price and then, in 1988, to the former Mary (Merighi) Muccio Gainer, who survives in Richland, N.J.
He is survived by one daughter, Paula K. (Gainer) Altman and companion, John Lamp, of Clarksburg; and two stepsons, Daniel Muccio and wife, Bernadette, of Vineland, N.J., and Michael Muccio and wife, Annie, of Richland, N.J. Surviving siblings include Dale Gainer and wife, Mary Louise, of Red Lodge, Mont., Eldore Moore of Nestorville, Emogene Moore of Pifer Mountain, Cleo Cross and husband, Elmer, of Peeltree and Mary Moore and husband, Okey Ray, of Parsons; and sister-in-law, Libby Gainer of Winchester, Ind. Surviving are three stepgrandchildren, two stepgreat-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Also surviving are special friends, Tim Williams of Clarksburg, Todd Williams and companion, Ester Cooper, of Vineland, N.J., and Karen Strosnider and husband, Rick, of Ohio.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Elmer Neal Gainer; and two brothers-in-law, Earl Moore and Walter Moore.
Mr. Gainer attended the schools of Barbour County and honorably served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was owner and operator of PBM Excavating and Paving of Richland, N.J. He also was a former employee of Rudolf Meckel and Son Construction Co. Inc. of New Jersey, and Shrum Construction of Clarksburg. He was a member of Tri-State Wagon Train Association, The Percheron Horse Association of America and Operating Engineers Unions of West Virginia, and New Jersey. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association, the Moose Lodge of Vineland, N.J., and he was a Protestant by faith. He loved to travel, dance and listen to country music. Mr. Gainer was a lifelong farmer and horseman and was known for his love and ability to farm in old-fashioned ways. Mr. Gainer left behind his four horses, Jim Bob, Daisy Mae, Sara Sue and Cracker.
Friends will be received at Talbott Funeral Home in Belington from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, and again Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., the funeral hour, when final rites will be conducted from the funeral home chapel with Pastor Jimmie E. Tallman officiating. Interment will follow in the Fraternal Cemetery near Belington where full military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 96 of Belington and Post 44 of Philippi.
Talbott Funeral Home in Belington is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. William Victor Gainer. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.talbottfuneralhome.com.