Ray C. "Red" Funkhouser died peacefully Friday, April 26, at the Winchester Medical Center.
Red was born September 16, 1927 in Lost River, WV. He was the son of Benjamin Franklin Funkhouser and Effie Susan Wilkins Funkhouser. He graduated from Mathias High School in 1946. He married Carol "Cookie" Funkhouser on May 22, 1960 in Wardensville. Cookie died on July 25, 1993.
After graduating high school, Red joined the United States Army
, where he served in Germany. He was the manager of Cargo Poultry for fifteen years, worked as a traffic manager at Rocco Farm Foods for 25 years before going to work for Capon Valley Bank for 20 years, where he served as Director for 48 years.
Red was a member of the Wardensville United Methodist Church for 57 years, member of the Wardensville Lion's Club for 58 years, member of the Hardy County Board of Education for 38 years, member of American Legion for 60 years and a life member of the following: VFW
Capon Post 2102 and West Virginia Poultry Association. He was the chairman of the J. Allen Hawkins Community Park for 35 years, and the director of the Hardy County Rural Development for 26 years.
He had received many awards including, the Melvin Jones Fellow for the Wardensville Lion's Club, the 2002 Governor's Service Award (Top Volunteer in West Virginia), and the 2012 AARP State Volunteer of the Year Finalist. In 1996, he was honored by the town of Wardensville, by having the pool renamed in his honor, as the Ray C. "Red" Funkhouser Pool.
He is survived by one son, Michael Funkhouser and his wife Ann, Wardensville; and four daughters, Susan Bartles and her husband Dale, Capon Bridge, Melanie Walker and her husband Goose, Wardensville, Lynn Najaka and her husband Gary, Damascus, MD and Sara Orndorff and her husband Marc, Wardensville.
He had four grandsons, John Ray Funkhouser and his wife Paige, Cody Walker, Dillon Walker and Braden Orndorff. He had six granddaughters, Leea Shirley and her husband Steve, Rachael Davis and her husband Josh, Carol Ann Funkhouser, Karly Najaka, RaeAnn Orndorff and Kelsey Najaka. He had three great grandchildren, Riley Shirley, Trinity Davis and Logan Davis; and one sister, Reva Miller of Baker, WV.
He is also survived by a very special friend, Nina Rudy.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Wayne and Davis Funkhouser.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Wardensville United Methodist Church, with Pastor Frank Naglic and Pastor Michael Funkhouser officiating. The family will receive friends at the Wardensville United Methodist Church, Monday, April 29, 2013, from 1-3 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. A private committal will be held in the Greenfield Cemetery in Wardensville, WV.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wardensville United Methodist Church Mortgage Fund, 1255 North Mountain Road, Wardensville, WV 26851.
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