John "Mutt" Arbogast, 78, a resident of the Crystal Springs community, Elkins, went to the "Happy Hunting Ground" in the sky Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, to be with the Lord and his family.
He was born Saturday, Feb. 3, 1934, at Glady, a son of the late Sam Arbogast and Pearl Bowers Arbogast.
"Mutt" was the beloved husband of Carolyn DeLauder Arbogast, who resides in the Crystal Springs community. They were married on June 9, 1956 by the Rev. H.L. Koontz. They had celebrated 56 years of marriage.
Also surviving are four children, Diana Lynn Daft and husband, Jake, of Beverly, Jonnie Sue Simmons and husband, Eddie, of Wendell, N.C., Anita Kay White and husband, Herschel, of Elkins and Michael Sam Arbogast and wife, Amanda, of Elkins; four grandchildren, Heather Lynn Bennett and husband, Chad, of Beverly, Dustin Karl Simmons and wife, Jessica, of Wilmington, Del., Whitney Lynn Daft of Beverly and Jaran John Brady of Elkins; two great-grandchildren, Grant and Alexus Bennett of Beverly; six brothers, Ira Sam of Ohio, Jerry J. of Tunnelton, Robert of Ohio, Claude of Tennessee, David of Texas, and Dale of Elkins; three sisters, Lois Ann Hoover and husband, Carson, of Ohio, Amenthia, widow of Max Currence, of Elkins, and Mary, widow of Howard Luzader, of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Allan, Don Lee and infant, James Lewis; and six sisters, Alline Arbogast, Maxine Wilcox, Betty Webley, Charlotte Arbogast, Loretta Arbogast and Juliet Price.
"Mutt" attended the schools of Elkins and spent 17 years in the military. He first joined the U.S. Marine Corps in April of 1952, entering boot camp at Paris Island, S.C., then on to Camp Pendleton, Calif., for advanced training. Afterward, he was sent to Korea in September of 1952 and was there for 13 months as a forward observer for an artillery battalion. He returned to Camp Jejune, N.C., and received an honorable discharge in May of 1955. He received the Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and Korean Presidential Unit Citation. In April of 1958, he joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Surabachi, an ammo ship, and the USS Vulcan, a repair ship stationed in Norfolk, Va. He then transferred to Belle Chase Naval Air Station near New Orleans, La., for shore duty for six years. He served as base security/shore patrol and as a senior drill instructor. He was honorably discharged in May of 1968 as a first class boatswain mate. Mutt received three Good Conduct Medals and the National Defense Medal.
While living in Elkins, "Mutt" was employed by the Randolph County Emergency Squad in 1969, serving as first supervisor. He was a certified EMT and a Red Cross first aid instructor. He taught many classes in Randolph County. While serving as the emergency squad supervisor, he was elected as "Boss of the Year" by the Jaycees Organization. In July of 1978, he was employed by Western Maryland Railroad, working for the track department. He retired from the CSX Railroad in 1996.
"Mutt" was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved being with his family and was always ready to help a friend or family member. He enjoyed the outdoors, riding his four wheeler and loved to hunt.
His request for cremation was honored. A graveside service will be conducted at a later date for family and friends in Little Arlington Cemetery in Elkins.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of John 'Mutt' Arbogast to the Hospice Care Corp., 169 Diamond St., Elkins, WV 26241. The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements for John 'Mutt' Arbogast. Send online condolences to the family at www.therandolphfuneralhome.com.