April 29, 1929 - Sept. 23, 2007
NEW LONDON - William V. "Bud" Cleavenger, 78, of New London, died early Sunday morning at Fisher Titus Medical Center after a two-month illness.
He was born April 29, 1929 in Barbour County, W.Va., son of the late Mack B. and Iva Gertrude (Skidmore) Cleavenger. He had lived in Berlin Heights for 26 years and in New London for the past 26 years.
He served in the Army during the Korean War, during which he had been a medic and received the Purple Heart for injuries he suffered.
He had worked at Firelands Fruit Farm in Berlin Heights for 26 years, at Vandresser Corp. in Norwalk for three years and for Janesville Products in Norwalk for five years until his retirement. He was a member of the American Legion.
He enjoyed coon hunting, Walker coon hounds and country music.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen E. (Pine) Cleavenger, whom he married Oct. 1, 1982; sons and daughters-in-law, William Richard and Cecelia Cleavenger of New London, Franklin and Sumalee Cleavenger of Norwalk; daughters and son-in-law, Pamela and Joseph Pirl of Clairington, and Cathy Osborne of Powhatan; nine stepchildren and their spouses, Cecelia (William) Cleavenger, Ellen Bowling, Margaret and Martin Wiley, Melanie and Charles Roberts, Carl Ours, Jr., Theresa Patchin, Jeffrey and Sarah Ours, all of New London, Karen and Tim Heitsche of Collins and Larry and Lisa Ours of Norwalk; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters, Elizabeth Ring of Norwalk and Beverly Strong of Michigan; a brother, Homer Cleavenger of Illinois; many nieces and nephews; and his dog.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Mae (Osborn) Cleavenger; a son, William Vincent Cleavenger, Jr.; and brothers, Rush, Charles, Sr. and Benny Cleavenger.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Eastman Funeral Home, 200 W. Main St., New London, where funeral services will take place at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday. Burial with military rites will follow in Grove Street Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the family in care of the funeral home.