ALBERT C. RODEBAUGH
Albert C. Rodebaugh, Sr. was born on August 30, 1925 to John S.
and Nannie Sanger Rodebaugh in Craigsville,
Albert was a Marine Corps Veteran who proudly served in the
Pacific Theater during WW II. As a heavy anti-aircraft gunner on the USS
Baltimore, he earned nine battle stars in combat in such places as Truk,
Iwo Jima, Wake, Guam, as well as others. He was a guard for President
Roosevelt following the attack on Pearl Harbor, when the President met
with General MacArthur and world leaders aboard the ship.
After being honorably discharged in 1945, Albert returned home and
married the love of his life, Helen Bleigh, and over the years they had four
Albert was a charter member of the CBC Volunteer Fire
Department; built and operated the Craigsville Skating Rink for more than
twenty years; was a UMWA coal miner for twenty-five years; built
numerous houses for residents of Craigsville; built St. Luke’s United
Methodist Church's garage and handicapped pad and ramp.
In his free time he became a pilot, flew several types of planes, and
completely rebuilt a vintage Taylorcraft. He also enjoyed gardening,
camping, boating, waterskiing, and fishing with family.
Albert received a fifty year pin as a Free Mason at the Camden-on-
Gauley Lodge #109 in 2014.
As a VFW member he served on the Honor Guard for several years.
Preceding him in death were his parents, three brothers--John, Garth,
and Cedric; wife Helen (1982), wife Frankie (2001), Anita (2010), and
son-in-law Roger York.
Albert is survived by children, Kathy York, Cindy Stull (Roger),
Albert Rodebaugh II (Terri), Mark Rodebaugh (Edie); grandchildren,
Kacinda Russell, Lee Rodebaugh, Jennie York-Lilly, Jeffery Rodebaugh,
Adam Young, Chris Rodebaugh, Annie Casto, Nicholas Young; and
twelve great-grandchildren, soon to be thirteen.
Services will be held at St, Luke's United Methodist Church in
Craigsville on Monday, July 20, with visitation at 11:00 AM, followed by
the funeral at 1:00PM. Interment will follow at the Craigsville Cemetery
behind St. Luke's. Pastor Corbet May will be presiding over the services.
Arrangements are being handled by White Funeral Home of
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.whitefuneralhomewv.