John Woodburn

ELKTON – John M. Woodburn, 86, of State Route 154, passed away peacefully at 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 at Hospice House following a recent illness, with his loving family by his side.

Mr. Woodburn was born Sept. 22, 1926 in Chester, W.Va., a son of the late George Milton and Catherine Gilroy (Anderson) Woodburn and had lived his entire life in the Elkrun Township area.

John worked as a dragline operator for 46 years, 20 years with Marshall Mining Company and 26 years with East Fairfield Coal Company, where he retired in 1990.

He was a U.S. Army Airforce World War II veteran, and was one of the founding supporters of the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.

John was also an active member of Elkton United Methodist Church; the church board; and American Legion Post No. 888.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruth (Johnson) Woodburn, whom he married Sept. 28, 1947; daughter, Karen Elizabeth (Dale) Moore of Lisbon; son Richard Douglas (Gloria) Woodburn of Lisbon; sister, Madge (Herman) Kuyper of Guilford Lake; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

John was also preceded in death by his sister, Catherine Beryl Buchheit; brothers, George Benson Woodburn and Joe Douglas Woodburn; and foster brother, Charles Goodrich.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2013 at Eells-Leggett-Stauffer Funeral Home with the Rev. Kathy Barton officiating. Burial will follow at Kemble Cemetery in Elkton with full military honors accorded by Salem Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

The family also suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of the Valley Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, Ohio 44514 or to Elkton United Methodist Church, Building Fund, P.O. Box 43, Elkton, Ohio 44415.

Friends may also view John’s memorial webpage and send condolences online at