John Abel

Abel, John W. Age 96 of Levels Road, Fairmont, WV passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013 at the Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. He was born December 7, 1916 in Grafton, WV, a son of the late Francis M. Abel and Lizzie (Shriver) Abel. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia M. (Williams) Smith Abel; two children, Jo Ann Williams of Fairmont and John L. Abel Sr. and wife, Debi of Shorewood, IL; three step children, William H. Smith of Boothsville, Robert Brent Smith of Fairmont, and Kathy Slaughter of Franklin, KY; six grandchildren, Janice Schutter, John L. Abel, Jr., Corrie Abel, Janetta W. Green, Michael Williams, John Williams; ten great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; one brother, Delma Abel and wife, Ethel of Grafton; also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Irene (Wittman) Abel; his son-in-law, Rev. Dorman L. Williams; one brother, Lloyd Abel; and one sister, Bertha Clark Henderson. John served 2 1/2 years in the US Navy during World War II. He was a glass worker for Hazel Atlas, Continental Can, and then retired from Kerr Glass in 1972. He was a member of the Glass Bottle Blower Union #12 of Plainfield, IL and was affiliated with the Pleasant Hill Church of the Brethren and the Lawler Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home in Grafton on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Brent Williams officiating. Interment will follow at the Lawler Cemetery off US Rt. 250. Military graveside services will be conducted by the VFW Memorial City Post 3081, Taylor County Post 24 American Legion, D.A.V. Chapter 12 and the Navy Operational Support Center from Pittsburgh, PA. Online condolences:

Published in The Herald-News on Mar. 27, 2013