John V. Wanless Sr., 73, a resident of Elkins, passed away at 2:39 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in Ruby Memorial Hospital at Morgantown. He had battled multiple illnesses for the past year.
He was born Sept. 24, 1939, in Elkins, the son of the late John Laco Wanless and Helena C. Wanless.
On May 26, 1960, at Oakland Md., he was united in marriage to the former Norma Isner, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, John V. Wanless Jr. and wife, Jennifer, and Joseph Wanless, all of Elkins; five grandchildren, Jeremy Wanless and wife, Jesse, of Elkins, Vincent Wanless of Fairmont, Bryan, Kevin and Emily Wanless, all of Elkins; and four great-grandchildren, Willie and Jacob Ward and Levi and Elijah Wanless. One sister, Dr. Mary Steindler Ward of Hopewell Junction, N.Y.; nieces, Laura Steindler, Linda Moore, Beth Shirzadi and Rebecca O'Brien; one nephew, Rob Steindler and several great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.
Mr. Wanless was a graduate of Elkins High School with the class of 1958. He served in the Nike Missile Division with the United States Army. He had worked for the West Virginia Division of Highways in Elkins, McGee Road Construction in Marlinton and Butcher Construction at Bowden. He also worked as a concrete inspector at the hydroelectric dam in Bath County, Va., and retired from Dominion Resources as a senior quality control inspector at the Surry Nuclear Power Plant in Virginia.
After retirement, he continued working as a consultant for the Atlantic Group at various nuclear power plants across the country until his illness in 2012. Mr. Wanless was a member of the Elkins Jaycees, H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion of Elkins and Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars of Elkins where he served as an Honor Guard.
He was an enthusiastic NASCAR and football fan, an avid outdoorsman and a founding member of the Buffalo Hills Deer Camp in Pendleton County. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and spending time at the Outer Banks with his family and friends. His grandchildren and his faithful companion, Spunky, were the highlights of his life.
Friends may call from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. A prayer service will be recited at 7 p.m. today with the Rev. Mr. Raymond Godwin as the presider. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, from the funeral home chapel with Pastor Mike Boggs and Jeremy Wanless officiating. Interment will follow in American Legion's Little Arlington Cemetery near Elkins. Full military rites will be accorded by members of H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion, Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars and West Virginia National Guard Honor Guard Program.
The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the Rosenbaum Family House, P.O. Box 8225, Morgantown, WV 26506 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant St., Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, in memory of Mr. Wanless. Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for John V. Wanless Sr. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.