The Aug. 11 Open Forum article by Thornton Parker paints a very rosy picture. In 2010, Uncle Sam gave the residents of Rockingham County about $650 million by his calculation.
WASHINGTON — I’ve observed many funerals over the last decade in Arlington National Cemetery’s Section 60, where war dead from Iraq and Afghanistan are buried. Last week I went for what, God willing, was the last.
Twenty-one years ago, in mid-August 1993, an orthopedic surgeon named George White penned a simple yet clear missive to The Winchester Star, the DN-R’s sister paper to our north, outlining a sound philosophy for how men should think that applies not just to Americans in their everyday lives, but as well to the elected officials with whom we entrust the public weal. We repeat this piece each year as a reminder.
Harlan Grant Dispanet, 61, of Mathias, W.Va., died Jan. 25, 2013, at his residence.
He was born April 25, 1951, in Harrisonburg and was a son of Annie Lee Whetzel Dispanet of Baker, W.Va., and the late Harry Amos Dispanet.
He was a member of Mountain View Church of the Brethren in Mathias and was a self-employed homebuilder.
On July 13, 1973, he married the former Linda Sue Kaplinger, who preceded him in death on Oct. 11, 1993.
He is survived by a son, Richard Harlan Dispanet of Mathias; two brothers, Harry Dispanet Jr. of Timberville and Bruce Dispanet of Mathias; and two sisters, Gathalene Sowards of Mathias and Brenda Dove of Mathias.
He was preceded in death by a companion, Sandra Sours.
Pastors Olin Bailey and Richard Delawder will conduct a funeral and committal service Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Grandle Funeral Home Chapel in Broadway. Burial will be in the Dispanet family cemetery in Mathias.
Friends may visit or call the funeral home anytime. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 10-10:45 a.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Richard Dispanet, 145 Red Berry Road, Mathias, WV 26812, to help with medical expenses.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.grandlefuneralhome.com .