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Elza "Pete" HONAKER


News Death Notice

HONAKER, Elza "Pete" 89, of Springfield, passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in his home. He was born August 28, 1924 in Hager, West Virginia, the son of the late John and Leva (Plumley) Honaker. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served our country proudly during World War II. Pete graduated from Marshall University in 1950. He taught at Guyan Valley High School in Branchland, West Virginia. Pete then went on and taught at Cedarville High School and later retired from Springfield City Schools in 1980. He was a member of First Christian Church, Clark Lodge No. 101 The Ohio Mason and 32nd Degree lifetime member of Scottish Rite Dayton. Pete enjoyed spending time with his family and former students. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, sports and gardening. Survivors include three children and spouses, Ronald R. and LaVee Honaker of Gaffney, South Carolina, Larry A. and Merrilee Honaker of Drexel, Missouri and Janice and Russ Hoagland of Springfield; grandchildren, Heather Elizabeth (Mike) Bolt, Jaime Honaker, Jessica Hoagland, Erin (Ben) Frey, Melanie (Eli) Patterson, Patrick Ball and Ashley (Jamie) Guy; great- grandchildren, Brittany and Amber Schumacher, Reid Guy, and Sydney, Kailyn and Maisie Patterson; one sister, Emma Gibson of Industry, Pennsylvania and one brother, Kenneth Honaker of Huntington, West Virginia. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Betty Honaker in July of 2012; two sisters, Ethel and Essie Honaker; six half-brothers; one half-sister and a close brother-in-law, Frank Gunsauley. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday, May 9, 2014 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm in the LITTLETON & RUE FUNERAL HOME. Funeral services will begin at 1:30 pm in the funeral home with Joel Augustus officiating. Burial will follow in North Cemetery, Cedarville with military honors. Memorial gifts may be made to the . You may express condolences to the family at www.littletonandrue.com

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Published in Springfield News-Sun from May 7 to May 8, 2014
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