Richard (Lanky) Lancaster, 77 - Grantsville

Richard Lancaster, 77, of Grantsville, West Virginia, being absent from his body is now present with his Lord. He departed this life on September 11, 2003 at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Clarksburg, WV, on July 24, 1926, to the late Elzie R. and Martha B. Richards Lancaster. He retired as Assistant Superintendent from Consolidated Gas Supply in 1983 after 37 years service.

He was president and CEO of his own construction company, Lancaster Woodworking, that he started in 1956 and operated with all four sons until 1989, turning it over to his sons at that time. He was also involved in the operation of a local restaurant until 1975, which was owned and managed by Ruth Eleanor Lancaster, his wife of 57 years.

He and his sons enjoyed working on the present home of Victory baptist Church where he was a member for 12 years. During winters, he and his wife resided in Haines City, Florida, and attended Landmark Baptist Church. He will be greatly missed by both church's congregations, where he faithfully served until his hospitalization at Camden-Clark in late spring. His illness caused him to miss his hunting, fishing, gardening, and visiting with family and friends. many will miss his quick wit, joke telling and generosity of time, talent, and treasure.

In addition to his wife, Ruth Eleanor Gillespie Lancaster, he is survived by six children and their families, whom Richard loved and doted on until his passing; four sons, Joseph Lancaster and wife Sandra, James Lancaster and wife Donna of Grantsville, Rev. David Lancaster and wife Linda of Morgantown, WV, and Timothy Lancaster of Parkersburg, WV; two daughters, Martha Bennett and husband Bill of Parkersburg and Mary Jenks and husband Raymond of Washington, WV; Nine beloved grandchildren, their families, and seven great-grandchildren also survive; Greg Lancaster and wife Traci, with sons Jacob and Kaden of Elizabeth, WV; Kyle Lancaster and wife Tracy, with daughter Addison of Arnoldsburg, WV and Kevin Lancaster of Newport News, VA; Allison Bennett of Parkersburg, WV; Chris Jenks of Washington, WV; Amanda Moneypenny and husband David, with daughters, Morgan and Victoria of Rock Hill, NC; Missy Ives and husband Chuck, with daughter Dakota of Tucson, AZ; David Lancaster, II and wife Sarah and daughter Brooke of Munday, WV and Chad Lancaster of Harrisville, WV.

He is also survived by four siblings and several nieces and nephews; three brothers, Francis and wife Phyllis of Grafton, WV; Jesse Lancaster and wife Kathy; and Robert Lancaster all of Luray, VA; and a sister, Peggy Minear and husband Hayward of Nutter Fort, WV.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a loving granddaughter-in-law, Rayanna Lancaster.

Funeral services through Stump Funeral Home will be Sunday, September 14 at 2 p.m. at Victory Baptist Church with Rv. Mike Worf and Joe Lancaster officiating. Interment will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitations at Victory Baptist are Saturday, September 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and one hour before services on Sunday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.