COLUMBIANA - Justin M. Welshhans, 17, of 702 West Southern Ave., Columbiana, passed away at 1 a.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2010, as a result of smoke inhalation from a house fire at his residence.
Mr. Welshhans was born on Feb. 6, 1993, in Weirton, W.Va., the son of George Welshhans and Sandra Shaffer.
Justin moved from Colliers, W.Va., to Columbiana three years ago. He was a student at Columbiana High School and Columbiana County Career and Technical Center, where he was enrolled in the public safety services tract.
Mr. Welshhans attended The Columbiana Church of the Nazarene and The Greenford Christian Church.
Justin loved animals, enjoyed weight lifting and working out, and while he lived in West Virginia he had wrestled on the wrestling team at Follansbee Middle School. Justin was a very giving and helpful person. He often helped his neighbors carry firewood and shovel snow.
Mr. Welshhans is survived by his father, George Welshhans of Columbiana, Ohio; his mother, Sandra Shaffer of Wheeling, W.Va.; his great-grandmother, Dorothy Sands of Follansbee, W.Va.; his grandfather, Fred Welshhans of Columbiana, Ohio; one sister, Breanna Shaffer of Wheeling, W.Va.; his uncle, John (Gayle) Welshhans of Colliers, W.Va.; his aunt, Chasity (Scott) Bias of Huntington, W.Va.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 18, 2010. at the Columbiana Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Jan Winnale officiating. Burial will be in Columbiana Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana and one hour prior to the service at the Columbiana Nazarene church on Thursday, March 18, 2010.
Justin's father George is still hospitalized in St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Youngstown, and their home is a total loss due to the fire. Should family or friends wish to contribute in any way to help defray George's medical bills and Justin's funeral expenses a fund has been established at any branch of the Farmers Bank. Please make checks payable to: Justin Welshhans Family Benefit Fund.
Friends may visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to view this obituary, sign the guest register or send private condolences online.