Homer Perry White, 91, a former resident of Elkins, W.Va., and for the last several years of Lahmansville, W.Va., died at the Veterans Hospital in Martinsburg on March 14, 2005, where he had been admitted since Jan. 31, 2005.
Homer was born Aug. 18, 1914, in Monrose, W.Va. He was married to Katherine (Hartman) White who he married in 1950. She preceded him in death Nov. 29, 1994, and along with one daughter, Ruth Ann Oliver. His sons, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren survive him.
Homer was a veteran of World War II. He is buried at the Mt. State Memorial Gardens in Gilman, W.Va.
He enjoyed going to gas engine shows and working on gas engines. He would talk for hours about them if he ran across anyone that enjoyed them as much as he did. In 2001 he started restoring a 1912 3 HP Witte hit-and-miss. He had everything for it but a magneto.
He will always be remembered by all who knew him as being one of the last old timers of the gasoline engine era.
Submitted by Bradley George, Petersburg, W.Va.
William Henry Debolt, 76, of Zanesville, Ohio passed away June 29, 2005, at Willow Haven Care Center.
Born July 20, 1928, in Waynesburg, Pa., to Ethel P. (Davis) and Paul N. Debolt. William was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
In his early years, he developed a passion for mechanical devices, how they worked and how they were made. As the years passed, his interest changed from mechanics to manufacturing to woodworking. After a brief pursuit of mechanical engineering, he changed his major and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education. During this period he served in the Army National Guard and married Janice D. Riggle in 1951.
As his teaching career began, vocational education became the primary focus. He taught math, industrial arts and auto mechanics while continuing his education in counseling and guidance. As a guidance counselor, he developed and was granted a patent for a mechanical dexterity and coordination testing system. He then became a state-level administrator (specialist in state planning and development). Later, he became a division director of transportation technologies at a community college in Pennsylvania.
He was active in many professional associations and was also a member of the Tri-State Gas Engine Assn.
His interests included coaching high school wrestling, participating in the Centennial Civil War reenactments and collecting and rebuilding antique gas engines. For many years he traveled around the country to many gas engine shows.
After retirement from teaching, he became involved in building hit-and-miss gas engine models with his son Paul. He spent a great deal of this time with his grandchildren, and was a diverse individual with a passion for life and family. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.
Survivors include his sister Helen Krause; his son, Paul W. and wife, Lori, of Zanesville; two daughters: Sheryl, Zanesville, and Kimberly, Galveston, Texas; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
My father's passing will not change the day to day operation of Debolt Machine Inc. He was the public face of the company from the beginning.
We'd like to thank everyone who has expressed their concerns and condolences.
- Submitted by Paul W. Debolt, Zanesville, Ohio.