Richard Henderson MaynardJuly 17, 1925 ~ October 11, 2017 (age 92)
Richard H. Maynard, 92, Bidwell, Ohio went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, October 11, 2017 surrounded by his loving family at his residence. He was born July 17, 1925 at Verdunville, West Virginia. He lived on “Mud Fork” as a young man attending Verdunville Grade School and Logan High School before entering Military service. A United States Army Veteran, he served in the European conflict – Battle of the Bulge – as an Infantry Soldier in the 28th Army Infantry Division, at the age of eighteen, where he received a Purple Heart and later the French Jubilee of Liberty Medal for his service during World War II.
Richard married Lillian Belcher Maynard February 8, 1947 at Verdunville, West Virginia and together they operated Maynard’s Grocery in Dingess, West Virginia for twelve years before moving to Ohio. He worked as a coal miner in Logan County, West Virginia and later with AEP Meigs County, Ohio Coal Mines for a total of over forty years together. After retiring, he and Lillian operated Maynard’s Craft and Quilt business for twenty years in the Gallipolis, Ohio area. During those years, he kept detailed records of the 7,776 quilts he machine quilted for their customers.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of seventy years, Lillian and their children: Linda (Larry) Sturgill, Stout, Ohio; Chris (Russ) Cook, Martinsburg, West Virginia; Mary (Ralph) Young, Gallipolis, Ohio; Nanci LeMaster, Port Charlotte, Florida; Danny (Bernie) Maynard, Belmont, Ohio; Gregory (Mary Belle) Maynard, Gallipolis, Ohio and Patty (Bryan) Jones, Rio Grande, Ohio; fifteen grandchildren and spouses; twenty great-grandchildren and six step-grandchildren; uncle, Lenny Arotin, Portsmouth, Ohio; son-in-law, Dwane Rees, Rio Grande, Ohio; sister-in-law, Violet Butcher, Verdunville, West Virginia and a host of West Virginia Cousins.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Connie Sue Maynard Rees; grandson, Justin Cook; grandparents who raised him, Henderson and Nettie Maynard; father, Carl Maynard; mother and stepfather, Edith Arotin Maynard Eggers and Kelly Eggers; son-in-law, James LeMaster and sister-in-law, Freda Vance.
Richard, who as an only child, never imagined his family would grow so large – four generations of Maynard’s. He will be greatly missed yet left so many stories that will be cherished by all, especially his family who loved him dearly.
Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 PM Monday, October 16, 2017 in the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, Wetherholt Chapel, Gallipolis, Ohio with Pastor Jack Berry officiating. Burial will follow in Tyn Rhos Cemetery, Rio Grande, Ohio with Full Military Graveside Rites to be conducted by the Gallia County Veterans Association. Friends and family may call at the funeral home Monday 11:00 AM until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donation consideration to the Gallia County Veteran’s Memorial Fund Commission 323 Upper River Road Gallipolis, Ohio 45631 in Richards Memory.
Online registry is available at www.mccoymoore.com