Arthur H. Funeral Home would like to dedicate this memorial page to all Preston County Veterans whom have served our country and protected our freedom. We believe this will make a lasting memorial for years to come. We encourage everyone to submit pictures and a short biography of any of our Preston County veterans to us at sonia@spearfunerlahome.com.







Richard W. "Cowboy" Ryan (1935 - 2017) Terra Alta,  Salt Lick Community. The son of the late Eben and Lillian F. Cossitt Mahar, he was born October 28, 1935, in Boston, MA. He was a lifetime member of the VFW, Battle Grove Democratic Club, American Legion, Eagles, Duck Fluffers of American, Steel Workers Union and the NRA. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War as an electricians mate. He was employed with Bethlehem Steel, a Pin Setter in the bowling Alley, a commercial fisherman and a maintenance man at the Federal Building in Morgantown. He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Ryan; seven children, Terry Grimm of Baltimore, Tara Boyce of Crellin, Tana Cessna of Oakland, Taba Hinebaugh of Terra Alta, Richie Ryan of Baltimore, Tricia Ryan of Baltimore and Shawn Bittinger of Petersburg; 15 grandchildren: Ashley, Braiden, Dalenna, Emily, Gabrielle, Jenny, JR Quintin), Liam, Lilli, Rusty, Ryan, Trista, Tyler B., Tyler H. and Zachary; 8 great grandchildren: Abby, Austin, Braxton, Colton, Harper, Hayden, Ryder and Trinity. Richard was laid to rest at Ashby Cemetery, Crellin, MD. with military graveside services accorded by Vietnam Veteran's of America, Chapter 977, Preston County, WV and WVANG Military Funeral Honors, Camp Dawson.



Barrett Dafoe "Bud" Ely (1941-2016) The son of the late Franklin and Amy Nash Ely, He was born in Morgantown, WV and was raised in Rowlesburg, WV. Bud graduated from Rowlesburg High School in 1959. After graduation Bud was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Army Infantry and was trained in jungle warfare. He was preceded in death by four brothers, two sisters and a special nephew, Charles "Butch" Ely. He was laid to rest in the Redrock Cemetery, Rowlesburg, WV. Military honors by Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 977. Preston County VFW post, and WVANG Military Funeral Honors, Camp Dawson.


Duane Elvon "Flat" Kelley (1925-2016) of Terra Alta, passed away in Grantsville, MD. A graduate of Terra Alta High School 1944. Duane was World War II Veteran having served in the United States Navy as Boatswain's Mate Second Class, Petty Officer Second Class aboard the USS Manatee from 1944-46 in the Pacific Theater. After returning home, he married Jeannie Hill. He joined his father in his well drilling business before moving to the banking industry, where he worked until his retirement in 1987. Duane is survive by his children, siblings, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was laid to rest at the Terra Alta Cemetery with Navy Honors.