Melvin Kenneth Householder, 97, of Paw Paw, passed away Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, at the Berkeley Springs Center, Berkeley Springs, where he had resided since 2013.
He was born Aug. 19, 1919, at Sleepy Creek, and was the son of the late Harley and Rosetta Wolfel Householder.
He attended Spohrs Crossroads School in Morgan County. Melvin worked at the Tannery until it closed in 1950. He was a self-taught brick mason and one of the best around the area. After working to help build the Paw Paw High School, he became employed by the Morgan County Board of Education at the Paw Paw School, retiring in 1977.
His many hobbies and pastimes included gardening, canning, hunting, trapping and fishing, of which turkey hunting was his absolute favorite. Melvin was a member of the Paw Paw United Methodist Church.
He married his wife of 31 years, Elizabeth Eleanor Parker Householder on Aug. 18, 1941. She preceded him in death on Aug. 13, 1972.
Surviving are two daughters, Martha M. Shade (Tim) of Cumberland, Kathy C. Kidwell of El Centro, Calif; four sons, Melvin K. Householder Jr. (Brenda) of Delmar, Del., Charles L. Householder (June) of Paw Paw, David E. Householder (Billie Rae) of Martinsburg, Joseph W. Householder (Stephanie) of Slanesville; one sister, Naomi Michael (Ed) of Berkeley Springs; eight grandchildren, Perry Householder, Kelly Adams, Melissa Shirley, Vicki Householder, David C. Shade II, Penny Porter, Jordan Householder and Katie Wells; 14 great-grandchildren, Gina Bradshaw, Daniel Adams, Matthew Adams, Jennifer Thorne, Andrew Teter, Jonathan Shirley, Brook Shell, Jacob C. Shade, Caleigh Shade, Ella Shade, Paige Porter, Phoebe Porter, Charlotte Wells and Amber Ross; six great-great-grandchildren, Cayleigh Bradshaw, Sara Thorne, Jackson Thorne, Addison Ross, Lydia Ross and Sofia Ross; special nephews, Lloyd and Floyd Beddow of Berkeley Springs; and many special friends in Paw Paw, especially Crystal, Frankie and Elizabeth Henderson.
Preceding him in death were two brothers, John "Elwood" Householder and wife, Eileen, Elmer "Bert" Householder and wife, Thelma; and two sisters, Opal Johnson and husband, Garvin, and Pearl Beddow.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, at Kimble Funeral Home, 188 Moser Avenue, Paw Paw.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at Paw Paw United Methodist Church with the Rev. Darlene Powers officiating
Interment will be at Woodrow Cemetery at Paw Paw.
Memorials may be made to Paw Paw United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 302, Paw Paw, West Virginia 25434.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kimblefuneralhome.com.
Published on August 30, 2016