Times West Virginian
John W. Abel, 96, of Fairmont, passed away Sunday (March 24, 2013) at the Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born Dec. 7, 1916, in Grafton, 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, Ill.; three stepchildren, 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 and John Williams; 10 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, the Rev. Dorman L. Williams; one brother, Lloyd Abel; and one sister, Bertha Clark Henderson.
John served 2½ years in the U.S. 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 No. 12 of Plainfield, Ill., 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 from 4 to 8 p.m. today.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Brent Williams officiating.
Interment will follow at the Lawler Cemetery off U.S. Route 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.
Online condolences: www.donaldgfordfuneralhome.com.