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Foster E. Whitacre, 94,

of New Matamoras

(Rinard Mills Community), passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at the Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta.

He was born in Whitacre, Virginia on June 3, 1924, a son of the late John and Minnie Rose Whitacre.

He was a graduate of the Ohio State University with a degree in Education. He was also a former master mechanic for Walker Machinery, Parkersburg, West Virginia with 17 years of service and retired as an agricultural/industrial vocational instructor at the Washington County Vocational School, Marietta. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He also enjoyed farming and wood crafting.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Jean Whitacre on Feb. 21, 2016; two brothers, John L. and Frank Whitacre; and one sister, Almeda Starling.

Surviving are three sons, Dale (Debbie) Whitacre, Keith (Bonnie Grinnell) Whitacre, Daniel (Chris) Whitacre; one daughter, Emily (Ralph) Paulus; 13 grandchildren, Nathan (Michelle) Whitacre, Amy (Reuben) Datkuliak, Lisa (Tony) Treadway, Gene (Julia) Paulus, Laura (Daniel) Schwartz, William Paulus, Andrew (Julie) Paulus, Joey (Lisa) Whitacre, Mindy (Josh) Mays, Preston Wriston, Josh Whitacre, and Jon and Hannah Dewitt; 11 great-grandchildren, Annabelle Whitacre, Carma and Karalina Datkuliak, Brayden, Cody, and Alison Tread-way, Averie Jo Whitacre, Katylynn and Hunter Mays, Thomas Paulus and Elise Schwartz.

Friends were received Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at the Watters Funeral Home, 37501 State Route 78 West, Woodsfield, where funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, with Lloyd Westbrook officiating.

Burial followed in the Creighton Ridge Cemetery near Sycamore Valley.

Monroe County Beacon

103 East Court Street,
Woodsfield, OH 43793