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Richard Z. Macdonald


Dick Macdonald grew up in Idlewild Park, learning from his father how to operate the family’s Ligonier Township amusement park.
When he and his brother C.K., known as Jack, took over management of the family-oriented attraction in 1957, Dick took delight in fulfilling his father’s vision for the adjoining Storybook Forest ---- where children could come face-to=-face with characters from their favorite fairytales and nursery rhymes.
“He was very instrumental in that whole idea coming to fruition,” said his daughter, Susan Grill.
Richard Z. “Dick” Macdonald died at home of natural causes Tuesday, January 2, 2018. He was 95.
Mr. Macdonald served as president of that park offshoot.
“he felt that would be fun to do” said his wife, Mary Ann. “he would work with an artist and make plans for the different fairytales.
Featured Characters included Humpty Dumpty, the three little pigs, and a knight who stood guard in a castle, speaking to visitors.
One of his favorite additions to Storybook Forest was a general store that offered patrons penny candy and antique toys.
“He drew up the plans for that” his wife recalled. We went down to Williamsburg and kind of copied from them.
Mr. Macdonald was a familiar sight on the park grounds, making sure all was well and mingling with the visitors.
“He liked seeing the people have fun”, his wife said.
Born in Cuyahoga Fall, Ohio, on Feb. 13, 1922, Mr. Macdonald was a son of the Clinton C. and Grace R. Macdonald.
A graduate of Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV., Mr. Macdonald attended Penn State University until he enlisted in the Air Force in
World War II. Initially stationed in Burtonwood, England, to serve as a test pilot.
His love of planes began when he built models as a child
After the war, he continued to fly his private plane until he was 81, making regular trips to reunions at Greenbrier. Other passions included fly fishing, trap shooting and dancing with his wife.
Hwe enjoyed rounding up cattle on horseback at the couple’s Rich Hollow Farm, where he provided winter shelter for goats featured in the park.
When the family’s next generation opted to pursue other interests, the brothers sold the park to Kennywood in January, 1983.
Mr. Macdonald stayed busy volunteering for the local Meals on Wheels program. He also donated trees to the Ligonier Valley Chamber of commerce, the Ligonier Valley Library and the Ligonier Valley Historical Society.
“He wa always considerate and a very caring person, and he enjoyed life,” his wife said.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Macdonald was preceded in death by his brother and sister, Virginia Hand.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years; three children, Zanne Macdonald of Charlottesville, VA., Susan Grill and her husband, Erik, of Ligonier, and Richard of Sandpoint, Idaho; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held in the spring. Thomas L. Nied Funeral Home of Pittsburg is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be sent to Covenant Presbyterian Church Scholarship Fund 200 N. Market Street, Ligonier, Pa 15658

John Russell McLaughlin, Jr


John Russell McLaughlin, Jr ‘47

John Russell McLaughlin Jr, 89, passed away at his beloved farm with his family by his side early Tuesday morning, December 26, 2017.

Born January 20, 1928 in beaver, he was a son of the late John R. McLaughlin and Carolyn Dillon McLaughlin. After his graduation from Beaver High School in 1946, John went on to study at the Greenbrier Military School in 1947, before graduating from Grove City College in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Drafted that same year, he served proudly in the U. S. Army during the Korean War until 1952. Upon his return to his hometown, he married JoEtta “Nicky” Zerby in June 1953. John, a third-generation realtor, joined the family real estate firm Bovard-Anderson Company in 1953, becoming a partner with his father in 1972, and later, with his own son Edwards in January of 1992. A leader in his field, John served as President of the Beaver County Board of Realtors in 1966 and 1967, and was recognized as Realtor of the year in 1977.

One of beaver’s staunchest advocates, John lent his talents and expertise to a wide variety of community organizations, including the 4-H Program, Stockman club, and the Beaver Rotary Club where he served as a former member and past president. He was a lifelong member of the Beaver United Methodist Church, a Paul Harris Fellow Member, and the former Chairman of the Brighton Township Zoning Hearing board. The capstone of John’s life of service would be his work with the Beaver Heritage Foundation where he served as a charter member of the Board of Trustees for the beaver Area Heritage Museum and Log House. In 2013, he was awarded the Beaver Area Heritage Civic Leadership Award for his tireless contributions to this popular local landmark.

A modern renaissance man, John reveled in his love of nature as an avid fisherman and hunter and Penn State Master gardener. His curiosity and creativity led him to dabble in all sorts of art media, including pottery, met sculptures, and wood carvings. In his spare time, he could also be found in search of antiques or researching his next stock pick as an investor with the Jolly Boys Investment Club.

For those who knew and loved John, he will be remembered as a great friend to many, wonderful son and brother, loving husband, cherished father to his five children, and unforgettable Papa to his twelve grandchildren.
John sill be sadly missed by his wife and partner of 64 years, Nicky McLaughlin, Beaver, his children; Lynn (Joseph) Smith, Pittsburg, Emily (Dee Brandon) McLaughlin, NYC, Edwards (Jacqueline Crowley) McLaughlin, Beaver, Ellen (Ed) Ardey, Lorton, VA, and Susan (Brian) Brown, Brighton Twp; grandchildren; and one brother, George (Suzanne) McLaughlin, Millbrook, NY.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his youngest granddaughter, Julia Brown.

Funeral services were held at beaver Methodist Church on Friday, December 29, 2017 with the Noll Funeral Home of Beaver providing services to the family.

Robert Christian Parker


Robert Christian Parker

Robert Christian Parker, age 81, of Minneapolis, passed away October 19, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Dorothy Parker, and one brother, James Parker.

He is survived by his loving children, Krisann (and spouse Nicola) Evoli of Minneapolis and Forrest (and spouse Kimberly) Parker, of Charleston, S.C., two sisters, Susan Harris and Peggy Crofoot and three grandchildren: Madeleine Brown, Justin and Jesse Shafer.

As a young man, Chris attended the Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, W.Va. He served his country in the U.S. Navy, later attending the U.S. Naval Academy. He would go on to earn a master's degree in organic chemistry from West Virginia University.

Accomplished in his field as a chemist, Chris garnered 11 patents during his career. He was a passionate cook, gifted watercolor painter, award winning marksman and golfer.

Funeral service is Tuesday, 11 a.m., at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, 5730 Grove St., Edina, MN 55436, (952) 929-0049. Visitation one hour prior. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery to follow at 1:45 p.m. Memorials preferred to Minnesota Veterans Home activities fund.

Thomas Stimson Reed


Died October 4, 2017 in Midlothian, VA. Tom is the father of two children, Kevin and Sara Elizabeth Reed. Thomas retired from VDOT in Highway administration. He attended Richmond schools and graduated from Greenbrier Military School with the Class of 1964. He attended Louisville College.
A graveside ceremony was held at Dale Memorial park in Chesterfield, VA.

Donald J. McClintock


Sybil McClintock notified the Association of Don's passing. No details provided.



William Clark Manning, 63, son of the late William French and Elda Cozort Manning passed away following a short illness, Thursday, September 7, 2017.

Born June 26, 1954 in Mullens, WV he was a loving husband, wonderful father, kind and loyal friend. He was a 1972 graduate of Greenbrier Military School and attended Marshall University and West Virginia University. He was self-employed for many years and was disabled after working for Patriot Coal as a warehouse clerk. He was a member of Oceana United Methodist Church.

He was a civil servant as Town Councilman and Recorder for the Town of Oceana for nineteen years.

He loved the Cincinnati Reds, WVU Mountaineers, '60's and '70's oldies and the town of Oceana.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Martha Altizer.

Clark is survived by his wife of thirty-six years, Kathy LaDoucer Manning, daughters, Lauren LeAyn and Jordan Elizabeth; sisters, Marian O'Connell and husband, Tom of Clinton, MD and Anita Wilson and husband, Bob of Greenville, TN; brother-in-law, Ronald Altizer; sisters-in-law, Debra LaDoucer and Lisa Taylor; nieces, nephews and many friends. His furry companions, Gibbs, Hatteras and Bodie will also miss him.

A celebration of life will be 4pm, Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Evans-Calfee Funeral Chapel, 1081 Cook Parkway with the Rev. Ronald Acord officiating. The family will receive friends from 2pm until time of service at the funeral home. Cremation will follow.

John Preston Gardner


John Pearson Gardner arrived on the 16th of February, 1934 in Marianna, Pennsylvania. John was the only child born to George Pearson Gardner and Frances Gardner.

He was schooled in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. John graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, West Virginia and attended West Virginia University in Clarksburg, W. Virginia prior to going into pilot training in the United States Air Force. As a USAF Pilot, he flew single and multi-engine piston, single and multi-engine jets and four engine turbo-prop aircraft. John retired from the Air Force as a Command Pilot. During his USAF career, Major Gardner was an instructor pilot in the B-25, T-33, T-37 and C-130 Aircraft. Duty stations included several bases in the US, (Reese Air Force Base in Texas, Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida, Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi, Hill Air force Base in Utah, and Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico; France, Germany and Vietnam where he flew the F-4 Phantom Air Craft and the F-100. He loved flying the F-100, his thought being that to fly it correctly one had to be a “really good” pilot. But he spoke lovingly of the C-130. “The ole gal would just fly anywhere in any kind of weather and get you there and back safely.” While serving for 21-years in the Air Force, Major Gardner earned many commendations, including the AIR MEDAL award for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight and Command Pilot status.

While visiting a military friend in Littleton, CO, he met Mona June Boley. Fourteen months later, their friendship turned into marriage. Mona and John remained in Littleton while she continued to teach school and he was ‘the cook’. After a 14 month battle with cancer, John took his “last flight” on September 6, 2017.

Survivors include his wife, Mona, his daughter Shawna Rae Thomson (husband, Patrick), his son John Patrick Gardner, and granddaughter Megan Anne Thomson, of El Paso, Texas; a step-daughter, Stacia Leigh Marcheso (husband, Brett) of Broomfield, Colorado; 2 cousins, Donald Gardner (along with his two sons, Bill and Jeff) of Washington, Pennsylvania and Georgetta Abke of Macomb, Michigan.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 11am at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 5303 East County Line Road, Centennial 80122.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association, Lewisburg, W. Virginia; Wings over the Rockies, Denver, CO or Porter Hospice, Littleton, CO.



Jack Kendall Carte passed away at Good Living Assisted Living Home in Malden on August 10, 2017. Jack was born in Charleston on Fort Hill on July 21, 1923, followed minutes later by his identical twin, John Motley Carte. He was the son of Virgil and Elizabeth Carte. A 1942 graduate of Charleston High School, he also attended Greenbrier Military School for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1944. He served with the Alaskan Defense Command for two years.

He married Mary Sue Baldridge in 1950, and they raised three children in Charleston before he re-enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1963. He and the family then moved to overseas postings during the 1960s. The first posting was with Strategic Communication Command at Kagnew Station in Asmara, Eritrea; this was later followed by three years with the Defense Liaison Office at the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong. He then went on to serve a one-year duty tour in Vietnam in 1970, returning to Fort Rucker, Ala., which remained the family residence until 2001. Retired with the rank of Sergeant Major from his last duty post in 1982, he served as Senior Enlisted Personnel Manager in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel, Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort MacPherson, Atlanta, Ga. At retirement, he was awarded the Legion of Merit in recognition of exceptional meritorious conduct while serving there. He was also a recipient of a Bronze Star for his Vietnam service.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Sue Carte (1999); son, Byron Kendall Carte (2004); sister, Ruth Townsend (2011); and brother, John M. Carte (2013). In later years, Jack and Betty J. Leonard, former high school classmates, shared several years of loving companionship together before her passing in 2010.

He is survived by daughters, Sharon L. Carte, South Charleston, and Connie Hirth, Washington, D.C.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 16, at Bollinger Funeral Home on Lee Street, Charleston, followed immediately by a service at 2 p.m. Graveside service at Mountain View Memorial Park will be a private service for the family.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kanawha Hospice Care. The family expresses its heartfelt gratitude to Jack's caregivers at Good Living for the kindnesses and care he received there.

Robert A. Hogsett


Robert A. Hogsett, age 86, of Richmond, VA departed this life to be with the Lord and Savior on July 18, 2017. He had been a member of the Bon Air Baptist Church since 1970 and served as a Deacon. Mr. Hogsett was predeceased by his former wife of 48 years, Ruth-Ann; and his second wife of nine years Jean-Ann. He is survived by his daughter’s family, Roberta and Stan Lee (with Robbie and Michelle); his son’s family, Richard and Lisa Hogsett (with Adam Hogsett, Andrew and Alysha Hogsett (with Lila and Oakley), and Mathew and Sarah Hogsett), Andrew and Alysha Hogsett (with Lila and Oakley), and Mathew and Sarah Hogsett); his daughter’s family, Rebecca and Brent Jones (with Tiffany); and his son’s family, Russell and Tanya Hogsett (with Alex and Samantha).
Mr. Hogsett grew up in Virginia and West Virginia. He graduated from Greenbrier Military School and West Virginia University. He served in Korea (1953-54) as an officer with the 5th Regimental Combat Team RTC.
Bob started his civilian career in the Westinghouse Air Conditioning Division and later joined Cargill Advertising Agency and later the A.H. Robbins Pharmaceuticals Corp. headquartered in Richmond, VA., with whom he spent 30 years. He was inducted into the “AHR Hall of Fame” as the Director of Promotional Services.
He also maintained his support of the U.S. Military by serving in the Army reserves for 20 years attaining the rank of Major, and later helped organize the Virginia Defense Force (VADF) where he volunteered for 20 years more as Director of Public Affairs with the rank of Lt. Colonel.
Viewing will be held at Woody Funeral Home, Huguenot Road, Sunday, July 23, 4 – 6p.m. service will be held at Bon Air Baptist Church , 2531 Buford Road, Richmond, VA. 23235 on Monday, July 24, 2 p.m.

John R. Mitchell


John R Mitchell Sr. John Riley Mitchell Sr., 85, of Charleston, passed away on June 27, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston. He was born on November 6, 1931, in Union, Monroe County.He was preceded in death by his parents, James O. and Katherine Mitchell; his brother, J.O. Mitchell; and his "sister," Juanita Arbaugh; his wife, Myrna Hope Mitchell; and his former wife, Barbara G. Mitchell.Surviving are children, John R. Mitchell Jr., James L. (Terri) Mitchell, Andrea M. Mitchell and Tia (Michael) Joslin-Crone; grandchildren, Katherine F. Mitchell, Riley E. Mitchell, Hannah R. Mitchell, James R. Mitchell, Jennifer R. Mitchell, Taylor H. Crone, Jordan A. Crone, along with four great-grandchildren.

John graduated from Greenbrier Military School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts from WVU College of Arts and Sciences and a Bachelor of Law from WVU College of Law, where he was a member of the William P. Willey Chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.Prior to his attendance in law school, he served honorably in the United States Army, where he attained the rank of Captain and proudly served on numerous competition firearm teams. He was also a certified Private Pilot by the Federal Aviation Administration.

John was known as a "trial lawyer" for 57 years. He began his law practice in 1960 at the Chelyan Junction with Rudolph DiTrapano. From then on, he tried thousands of cases in nearly every county in the state. He was admitted to the West Virginia State Bar and also licensed to practice in the Supreme Court of Appeals of WV, the U.S. Court of Appeals-2nd Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals-4th Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of WV.

He was a member of the WV Association of Criminal Defense Layers, the WV Association of Justice, The American Association of Justice, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Bar Association and a Senior Counsel Member of the American College of Barristers. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge Kanawha 20, Beni Kedem Shriners, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry-Valley of Charleston, York Rite Bodies, Royal Order of Jesters-Charleston Court 111, a Life Member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association (former national champion in his class), the National Rifle Association, Greenbrier Military School Alumni Association and the American Legion.

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 5, at the First Presbyterian Church of Charleston, on the corner of Leon Sullivan Way and Virginia Street. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. followed by a service at noon. Burial will be immediately following at Cunningham Memorial Park in St. Albans.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the Hubbard Hospice House.Gatens-Harding Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.