Donald Hotsinpiller

Donald Edwin Hotsinpiller, 86, of Philippi, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, in Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center, following an extended illness.

He was born Nov. 14, 1926, at Newburg, Preston County, the son of the late Virgil Clarence and Virginia (Chidester) Hotsinpiller.

On May 5, 1968, he married the former Hazel Beatrice (Skidmore) Sturm, who preceded him in death Sept. 30, 1994.

Survivors include one sister, Dora Jeanne Crouse and husband, Orlan Crouse Jr., of Philippi; two stepdaughters, Georgia Hatfield and husband, Carl, of Clarksburg and Sharon Golden of Philippi; and several stepgrandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Leona Costello and Mary Louise Smallridge; two stepdaughters, Avanell Yheaulon and Sandra Sue Sturm; and by two stepsons, Jim Sturm and Leonard Sturm.

In 1944, at the age of 17, Mr. Hotsinpiller joined the U.S. Army and began a career which encompassed 22 years and three wars; World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam Conflict. He retired in 1967 from Company D 864th Engineering Battalion with the rank of staff sergeant. Following retirement from the Army, Mr. Hotsinpiller embarked on a second career; as a coal miner, working for Consolidation Coal Corp. (now Consol Energy) in its Robinson Run Mine until his retirement. He was a member of Barbour Post 44 American Legion, Barbour County Senior Citizens Center and United Mine Workers of America.

Mr. Hotsinpiller enjoyed hunting, fishing and gathering his friends in for a friendly card game. He was known as a very kind and generous person who enjoyed life.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, from Stemple & Forman Funeral Home, 385 S. Main St. in Philippi. The Rev. Tim Bleigh will officiate, and interment will follow in the West Virginia National Cemetery where military rites will be conferred. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 until 9 p.m. Sunday and from 9 until 11 a.m., the funeral hour, Monday.

Stemple & Forman Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.