Deward L. Offutt, 83 - Millstone

Deward L. Offutt, 83, of Millstone, West Virginia, went to be with his Lord on February 29 after a long illness.

He was born September 6, 1920 near the farm where he spent his life. He was the son of the late Arthur and Etta Whytsell Offutt.

He was a graduate of Calhoun County High School, class of 1940. He served in WWII from 1942-1946 in the South Pacific and in the Reserves from 1946-1949. He was retired from Hildreth Oil & Gas and Kingsbury Oil & Gas. He served 45 years on the Little Kanawha Soil Conservation District Board. He also served on the RC&D Board.

He was one of the original founders of the West Fork Community Action and helped with the organization of the West Virginia Molasses Festival. He served as Calhoun County Commissioner from 1967-1975. He was a member of the Louisa Chapel Arnoldsburg U.M. Church for 70 years. Most recently he attended the Sand Ridge U.M. Church.

He is survived by his wife, Byrnadeen of 55 years; his son, D. Lention and Karen Offutt of Elizabeth, WV; his daughter, Sherlene and Kenny Conley of Millstone and three granddaughters, Melissa and Sarah and Hannah Conley; and a sister, Delma Kemper of Millstone.

He was preceded in death by an infant son and a brother, Denver Offutt.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Camden-Clark Housecalls Hospice, The West Fork Community Park, or the Sand Ridge U.M. Church.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 4 at 11 a.m. at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, WV. Rev. Rick Swearingen and Rev. Cleston Garrett will officiate. Interment will be in the Sturm Cemetery at Millstone. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.