Richard Lee Wilfong “Rod Bender”, 75, of 8098 Copley Rd., Weston, departed this life on Feb. 1, 2018, surrounded by his loving wife and family.
Rich was born on March 29, 1942, in Linn, Gilmer County, the son of the late Basil Dean Wilfong and Dorothy Ellen Persinger Wilfong.
Rich graduated from Burnsville High School with the Class of 1961. His early years after high school were spent working in the oil patch.
In 1968, he joined the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local no. 132, as a heavy equipment operator and advanced to welder mechanic, from which he retired.
Rich worked I-79, I-64, Corridor H, Corridor I, Route 50, Burnsville Dam, Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam, and various power plants.
On Feb. 10, 1968, Rich united in marriage with Hazel Anne Frashure. They lasted nine days short of making it 50 years.
Rich was preceded in death by his parents, Basil and Dorothy Wilfong, his daughter Rebecca Ann Wilfong, by three brothers, Gerald, Corlus and Billy, his mother-in-law, Barbara Lee Frashure, one niece, Susie Wilfong Luzader, one nephew, Joey Frashur, brothers-in-law, Bill Frashure and Terry Ice.
Rich is survived by his loving wife, Hazel Anne Wilfong; three sons, Richard Brian Wilfong, Richard Tyler, Robert Ryan Wilfong and wife, Amanda, daughter Emily Marie and son Noah, fiancee Tyrone Scott Sias; Tracy Nichole Pyles and children Annmarie Grace and Richard Lee; brother John Wilfong and wife Nina and their family; father-in-law Harold Frashure; sisters-in-law Helen Ice and family, Mary Frashure, Diana and Tom Arbogast and son Chase, Susie Davis and Dale, Pauline and family of Morgantown; and brothers-in-law Joe Frashure.
Rich is also survived by many much-loved nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives, wonderful caring friends and neighbors.
There will be no services. Rich died from a rare form of cancer. He donated his body to WVU School of Medicine to aid in research and training.
The Wilfong family would like to convey their appreciation for the wonderful care Rich received at UHC, WVU and to Hospice for their compassion and care in allowing Rich to spend his final days in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his family and loved ones, friends and neighbors.
Those of you who knew Rich, knew that he was always willing to give a hand to anyone, so a random act of kindness in his honor would be appreciated.