Death of Donald Edward “Don” Barger

Donald Edward “Don” Barger, a resident of Elkins, passed away Friday September 12, 2014 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown from injuries received during a utility construction project near Kingwood, WV. Don was born May 1, 1942 in Richwood, WV a son of the late James “Doc” Barger and Mary K. Barger-Ayers who survives in Fairmont, WV. He was a graduate of Cowen High School in Cowen, WV, Fairmont State University and Fairmont Technical College of Fairmont, WV, the National Hardwood Lumber Inspection School of Memphis, TN and the Walton School of Auctioneering in Medina, OH. He was a certified engineering technician with the National Institute of Certified Engineering Technicians in Alexandria, VA. Don was also a graduate of the WV State Police Academy’s first class for PSC officers. Don served six years with the United States Air Force and twenty two years with the WV Air National Guard in Charleston, WV where he retired as Master Sargent with Law Enforcement and Security Forces. He travelled extensively in the Air Guard and served on presidential details and governor inaugurations. He was also a member of the pistol team for the WV Air Guard where he won several championships and awards. He was most proud of his service to his country. Currently, Don was employed by Stantec, Fairmont, WV as a Construction Inspector on a utility construction project. He had held similar positions with R.K. & K. LLC, A.L.L. Construction, along with TVIG where he worked on the wind farm project and was Superintendent. Previously, he had retired from the State of WV where he had been employed by the Highway Construction Division, was Captain of Weight Enforcement for the northern division, and the Public Service Commission. Don worked for Chrysler Airtemp in Dayton, OH after his discharge from the United States Air Force. Don was an honorary life member of Elkins B.P.O.E. Lodge # 1135 where he had served as past Exalted Ruler two times and had been a member of many committees. He was also a past state treasurer for the WV Elks Association for fifteen years and was a past state president, having served in 1999-2000. He was a past district deputy for the National Elks and had also served as grand treasurer in 2003-2004. Don was an endowed member of John Cessna Mystic A.F. & A.M. Lodge of OH and belonged to the Scottish Rite in Clarksburg, WV, Osiris Temple in Wheeling, WV and Royal Arch Masons. He also was a member of the Elkins F.O.P., where he had served as president and was a member of several committees. Don was active in the WV Chiefs of Police, Loyal Order of Moose, Nitro, WV, Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign War of Elkins, H. W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion, Pilgrim Commandery No. 21 Knights Templar, Air Force Security Forces Association and Associated Auctioneers of America. He also enjoyed his Wednesday morning breakfast club. Don was a dedicated member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church in Elkins where he had served as usher for over thirty years and had also served on several committees. He is survived by his wife, Donna Kittle Barger. They had recently celebrated forty four years of marriage. Also surviving are his daughters, Deann Cooke of Durham, NC and Danica Wilburn and husband Steve of Morgantown, WV and his son, Devin Barger and wife Carrie of Morgantown. He is also survived by his brother, Larry Barger and wife Beth of Elkins and his sister, Fran McClure and husband Jerry of Fairmont, WV. His grandchildren, Henry and George Cooke, Durham, NC, Matt and Garrett Gorby, Hayley Wilburn and Miranda and Caleb Barger of Morgantown and several nieces and nephews. Don was an avid fisherman and hunter, loved rabbit hunting with his beagles, enjoyed riding his motorcycle, driving his antique car, traveling, antiquing and working and meeting new people. He never met a stranger and always wanted to help other people. He was a great family man and was most especially proud of his children and his wonderful grandchildren. Don touched many lives in a positive way and will be well remembered by all who had an opportunity to know him. Friends may call from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. At 7:30 pm Wednesday, B.P.O.E. Lodge No. 1135 will conduct a memorial service from the funeral home chapel. On Thursday morning, Mr. Barger will be moved to the Otterbein United Methodist Church where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 am with Pastor James Murphy officiating. Interment will follow at 3:00 pm Thursday at the Handschumacher Cemetery in Upper Glade, WV. Full Military Honors as well as Masonic Graveside Rites will be accorded at the gravesite. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that memorial contributions be made to the Otterbein United Methodist Church, 1100 South Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV 26241 or to the Elks National Foundation https://enf.elks.org/donate in memory of Mr. Barger. The Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Donald Edward “Don” Barger. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.