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Obituaries for Week of June 22

Peter S. Beer, 82, of Scott Depot, formerly of Oak Lawn, IL, passed away on June 10, 2023 at Hubbard Hospice House West South Charleston.
He was born on December 28, 1940 in Yugoslavia to the late Peter and Eva Beer. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his sister, Katherine Karlicek.
Peter proudly served his country in the US Army, retired as a Branch manager with Team Inc., was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, Disabled American Veterans and of Ascension Catholic Church Hurricane.
He is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen A. Krown Beer; daughters: Korin Populorum (Dennis) and Kristin Beer-Zawarus (Brian); son: George Beer (Nicole); grandchildren: Kacie (Andy), Kellien (Zac), Kaitlin (Jim), Karrie (Mike), Keegan (Ashley), Kristie (Matt), Amy and Joseph; and 5 great grandchildren.
Funeral Mass for Peter was held June 19, 2023 at Ascension Catholic Church, Hurricane, with Rev. Vincent Joseph officiating.

Edison Casto, 82, of Hurricane, (formerly of Dunbar), passed away on June 9, 2023 after an extended illness.
Edison was born October 24, 1940. He graduated from Dunbar High School and WV State College. Edison was Veteran in the US Army, serving in Japan. He was retired from Columbia Natural Resources after serving as Director of Human Resources. He was Director Personnel for the State of WV appointed by the governor. He had a long successful career in real estate for over 50 years, working for AD McCormick Realty, and most recently Family First Realty.
He was very active in Dunbar Youth Sports serving as President of Midget league football, coached youth baseball, and was active at the Dunbar Bingo Hall. In his younger years he loved racing cars. After his retirement, his favorite way to spend his time was with family and friends at Myrtle Beach, and organizing annual golf trips with his friends. Edison was very proud of his grandchildren and was often found at the ball field supporting them every chance he could.
He was preceded in death by his wife Linda Casto, and his parents Granvil and Reva Casto.
Edison is survived by his son, Scott Casto (Debbie) of New Smyrna Beach, FL; daughter, Mendy McClure (William) of Hurricane; sister, Janice Whited of Knoxville, TN; granddaughter, Madison Casto Johnson; grandson, Logan McClure; great-grandchildren, Easton and Emerson Johnson; uncle, Curt Casto, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral service was Saturday, June 17, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Reverend Dr. Kyle Keyser officiating. Burial was in Moss Chapel Cemetery.

Donzie Ray Gilfilen
Donzie Ray Gilfilen, 88, of Hurricane, passed away on June 13, 2023 at CAMC General Division Charleston.
He was born on April 11, 1935 to the late Charles C. and Erma V. Holley Gilfilen in Hurricane.
In addition to his parents, Donzie was preceded in death by his son: Donnie R. Gilfilen; wife: Joyce J. Gilfilen; daughter in law: Kelli Gilfilen; sisters: Naoma Sowards, Opal Jones and Lenora Bumgarner; and his brothers: Arnold, Stanley, Carl, Jessie, Clyde and Harvey Gilfilen.
Donzie was known for his love of hunting, fishing, his Antique Red 1957 Chevy Truck and best known for his love of music. He spent many years playing Gospel and Bluegrass Music with various people and places in the community. He retired as a Supervisor from Union Carbide, was a lifelong Christian and member of Adda Baptist Church in Hurricane.
Donzie is survived by his daughter: Diana and Roger Fugate of Fayetteville; son: Tim and Becky Gilfilen of Hurricane; daughter in-law: Susan Bennett Gilfilen; grandchildren: Daren Gilfilen, Elizabeth Gilfilen Harper (Billy), Jessica Shieler, Brad Fugate, Lindsay Gilfilen Thorner (Ben), Taylor Mullin (Matt) and Ian Gilfilen; great grandchildren: Molly Thorner, Chloe Thorner, Lillie Shieler, Anthony Atkins (Hadassah), Austin Atkins, Andrew Atkins and Kaden Harper.
Funeral service for Donzie was Friday, June 16, 2023 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastors Danny Gilfilen and Jerry Brown officiating. Burial was in Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane.

Oeda Faye Jividen
Oeda “Faye” Jividen, age 83, awoke in the arms of her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, after a recent diagnosis of cancer.
She was born on November 14, 1939, in Putnam County, West Virginia, to Vinton and Marie Sigman. She graduated from Poca High School. Faye married Elvin Jividen on October 6, 1956. During her lifetime, Faye was faithful in her service to the Lord, especially ministering through music. Faye and Elvin led many choirs throughout the Charleston area, taught others to love music through shape note trainings, and sang with quartets, trios, and family groups. Faye played the piano and the organ for numerous churches and events and taught children and adults to play the piano.
Faye was a member of First Baptist Church of Hurricane. For over 40 years, she was both a member and held several leadership roles in the Auxiliary of Gideons International serving in both West Virginia and Connecticut. She was responsible for placing Bibles in offices around the area and around the world. Faye also was involved in the Charleston Christian Women’s Connection and loved to play golf with the Carbide Ladies Golf League. Faye worked for many years as an election official in Putnam County.
Faye was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years. She was also preceded in death by her parents and brother, Lyle Sigman.
She is survived by her children, who remained at her bedside during her recent illness: daughter, Joy (Paul) Platte; sons, Lane (Mary Jo) Jividen, and Mark Jividen. In addition, Faye is survived by her grandchildren: Jonathan Platte of Nitro; Ashley (Justin) Holt of Uvalde, TX; Kasey (Karol) Szlachta of Memphis, TN; Korey (David) Holliday of Bidwell, OH; and Cam (Maggie) Jividen of Scott Depot. Great grandchildren: Alexis and Logan Holt; Stanley Szlachta; Alistair, Noa, Walter, and Sybil Holliday; and Cayson Jividen. Also surviving are her extended family members, including brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends whom she enjoyed getting together with.
Funeral service for Faye was Saturday, June 17, 2023 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Delbert Hawley officiating. Burial was in Haven of Rest Cemetery Red House,

Diane N. Larch
Diane N. Larch, 71, of Nitro, passed away June 17, 2023, at home surrounded by her family.
Diane was a loving wife, mother, and mamaw and attended Poca Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by her son John T. Larch; grandmother Sally J. Craig; dad John L. Craig; and brothers James and Jack Craig.
Diane is survived by her husband of 54 years Gary L. Larch; son Gary L. (Tracy) Larch, II; daughter Tonya M. (Danny) Reed; sons Hank A. Larch, Tyler R. Larch, and Timmy P. Larch; daughter Hannah J. Larch; grandson Daniel (Courtney) Reed; granddaughter Autum (Luke) Hall; grandsons Nathan Jelacic and Jonathan Garnes; great-great grandsons Ryder Vance and Hudson Hall; sisters Betty (Buddy) Lunsford and Debbie Larch; brothers Bill (Theresa) Craig, Donny (Marsha) Craig, and Sonny McGill, Jr. and several nieces and nephews.
A tribute to the life of Mrs. Diane Larch was held Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor James Arthur officiating. Burial was in Ortin Heights Cemetery, Nitro.

John Frederick Moore
John Frederick “John Boy” Moore, of Hurricane, entered Heaven on June 11, 2023 at Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House Huntington with his family by his side.
He was born to the late William A. and Doris Ashley Moore on March 6, 1948 in Charleston. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a daughter, Stacy Jo Rakestraw; and his granddaughter: Jessica.
John Boy graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in 1966 then proudly and honorably served his country in the US Army where he was awarded a Purple Heart during the Vietnam War, then retired from E.I. Dupont Belle after 37 years as an Equipment Operator. All the while, he was a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Bancroft and coached volleyball at Calvary Baptist Academy in Hurricane, as well as both coaching and playing for the WV Senior Olympics. He loved his Lord and his family, which was very evident over his lifetime.
John Boy married his high school sweetheart and they shared a wonderful 56 years together, Linda F. Cowan Moore; daughter: Lisa Dawn Crumley of Grayson, KY; his grandchildren: Tabitha, Danielle, C.J., Michael, Justen and Morgan; great grandchildren: Ariella, Harper, Corbyn, Caroline, Jeremiah, Kaiden, Emma, Nevaeh and Makenna; and his brother: David Moore of Scott Depot.
Funeral Service for John Boy was Thursday June 16, 2023 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor John Henderson officiating. Burial was in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Buddy Lee Parsons
Buddy L. Parsons, 88, of Red House, passed away on June 15, 2023.
He was born August 9, 1934 to the late Orville and Olive (Kay) Parsons.
In addition to his parents Buddy was preceded in death by his brother, Orville Earl Parsons Jr.
Buddy proudly served his country in the US Army, was a graduate of Ravenswood High School, attended WVU and was a former employee of Kaiser Aluminum where he excelled in sales and made many friends and acquaintances along the way.
Buddy was a nature enthusiast who loved the outdoors, his farm, and going on road trips. He was very loved and will be greatly missed by his family.
Buddy is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Donna J. (Noffsinger) Parsons; daughters: April McComas (Eric), and Kellie Hope (Jobe); sister, Bonnie White (Charles); five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Per his request there will be no services.

Lester Joe Starcher
Dr. L. Joe “Doc” Starcher, 79, of Poca, passed away on June 15, 2023 with his loving wife Phyllis by his side. Joe was born on June 25, 1943 in Parkersburg and was raised on a beef cattle farm in Calhoun County. Joe attended Calhoun County High School where he met the love of his life Phyllis Barnes. They graduated from Calhoun County High School Class of 1961 and were married for 59 years.
Joe attended Glenville State College, West Virginia University, and then was accepted into The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine where he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Doc practiced veterinary medicine in Parkersburg before partnering with Dr. Charlie Warner in Dunbar; eventually they started the Cross Lanes Veterinary Hospital in 1974. After more than 30 rewarding years in private small animal practice he retired. Doc later became the West Virginia State Veterinarian where he assisted veterinarians, farmers, and large animals for nearly 10 years. Joe served many years on the West Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine and was very active in the West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association. As the WV delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association, Doc and his family traveled annually throughout the country to participate in the business, educational, and social events of the meetings. Joe was a member of Cross Lanes United Methodist Church where he was an active participant of the Backpack Ministry which provided weekend heavenly snacks to Cross Lanes students.
Joe was the proud husband to Phyllis Ann (Barnes) Starcher, father to Julie Christine Starcher-Garlow and John Eugene Starcher (Gina). He was known as “Aaha” to his pride and joy grandchildren PJ Garlow, Joshua Starcher, Joseph Starcher, Jonathan Garlow, Jordan Garlow, Chelsey Martin (Jeff), Sydnie Jack (Austin), and Kamryn Starcher; and brother to Sandra Lancaster (Joe). Doc was preceded in death by his mother Ruth (Sturm) Starcher and his father Eugene Starcher.
Joe enjoyed traveling with Phyllis, family, and friends and passing his Legacy and love for the land to his children and grandchildren on the family farm. He had an enormous love for God and for his family and he will be missed by all who knew him.
A celebration of life was held at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home on Thursday, June 22, 2023, with Pastor George Webb officiating.

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