John M. Woodburn

ELKTON – John M. Woodburn, 86, of state Route 154, died at 9 p.m. Monday at the Hospice House following a recent illness, with his family by his side.

Mr. Woodburn was born Sept. 22, 1926 in Chester, W.Va., a son of the late George Milton and Catherine Gilroy (Anderson) Woodburn and had lived his entire life in the Elkrun Township area.

He worked as a dragline operator for 46 years, 20 years with the Marshall Mining Company and 26 years with the East Fairfield Coal Company, where he retired in 1990.

He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of WWII and was one of the founding supporters of the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.

He was a member of the Elkton United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruth (Johnson) Woodburn, whom he married Sept. 28, 1947; a daughter, Karen Elizabeth (Dale) Moore of Lisbon; a son, Richard Douglas (Gloria) Woodburn of Lisbon; a sister, Madge (Herman) Kuyper of Guilford Lake; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Eells-Leggett-Stauffer Funeral Home with the Rev. Kathy Barton officiating. Burial will follow at the Kemble Cemetery in Elkton with full military honors accorded by the Salem Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

The family also suggests memorial contributions to the Hospice of the Valley Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Rd., Poland, Ohio 44514 or to the Elkton United Methodist Church, Building Fund, P.O. Box 43, Elkton, Ohio 44415.

Friends may also view his memorial webpage and send condolences online at