Wayne T. Strawderman, 86, of Mathias, W.Va., passed away Oct. 30, 2013, at Winchester Medical Center.
He was born Jan. 6, 1927, in Mathias, W.Va., and was the son of the late Edmond L. and Nora Lee Mathias Strawderman.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and attended Shepherd College. He worked until his retirement in the telephone industry for Hardy Telecommunications and later as a private contractor. He was a member of the Mathias-Baker Volunteer Fire Department and a founding member of the Mathias-Baker Rescue Squad.
He was an accomplished fiddle and mandolin player who played with many groups and friends over the years including the Trout Pond Pickers and for over 25 years with the Country Echoes for the square dancers at the Treasure Mountain Festival in Franklin, W.Va. Most recently, he played with many others on Saturday nights at N&S restaurant in Mathias. He was an avid gardener and loved to share his bounty with friends and neighbors.
On May 6, 1954, he married the former Joyce Lee Dispanet, who preceded him in death March 20, 2001.
Surviving are five children, Mary Lee Burroughs, Edmond Wayne Strawderman, Nancy Gingrich and husband, Bob, April Basye and husband, Eric, and Craig Strawderman and wife, Andrea; nine grandchildren, Heather Moyer, Michael Burroughs, Aaron Gingrich, Lara Gosnell and husband, Jamie, Kayla Basye, Nora Gingrich, Noah Gingrich, Natalee Strawderman and Casadee Strawderman; and four great-grandchildren, Jenna Mongold, Jessa Mongold, Ryan Gosnell and Alicia Gosnell.
He was the last surviving member of his immediate family and was preceded in death by siblings, Arnold, Austen, Ward Strawderman, Eula Stickley and Leta Strawderman.
The Rev. Bob Curns, Jonathan Hedrick and Dean Williams will conduct a memorial service Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Mathias Church of the Brethren. Burial will be held privately at the Mathias Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the McMullen Funeral Home, Harrisonburg. The family will also receive friends immediately following the memorial service at the Mathias-Baker Volunteer Fire Department.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.mcmullenfh.com .