Vanis “Tom” Ward Halterman, aged 95, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at home with his family present.
Born in Mathias, West Virginia, July 10, 1922, Tom attended the Buckhorn and Dove Hollow Schools. At the age of sixteen, Tom enrolled in the Camp Hardy Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) 1524, SP2, near his home in Mathias. While at Camp Hardy, Tom assisted with the construction of the now historic bridges and cabins at the Lost River State Park and served in various other ways including becoming the camp barber and working on the timbering crew. He also served at Camp Morgan, Company 1523, at Camp Berkley Springs.
In 2014, Tom was officially inducted into the West Virginia State CCC Museum Association Hall of Fame. He was the last living engineer of Camp Hardy.
After the CCC, Tom worked in Baltimore during WWII in the shipyards. Returning to Mathias and farming, he also worked as a barber. Moving to a farm on Whetzel Hollow Road where he lived for 75 years, Tom also worked for various construction projects throughout West Virginia and surrounding states including working for Stone & Webster on the high-tension power lines. Closer to home, Tom served as Maintenance Supervisor for the Hardy County Schools and was elected and served ten years on the Hardy County Board of Education. After a full work life, Tom retired in 2010 as a very successful auctioneer.
Tom was a member of the Moorefield Lodge #29 A.F.& A.M and the Branch Mountain Hunting Club.
Tom was the last remaining child of the late James Ward Halterman and Nellie Wilkins Halterman. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Hobart Halterman, Clelan Halterman and sister, Treva Crites, and half-sisters Delia Wilson, Carrie Holsinger and Nettie Teets.
Married for 75 years this October, Tom is survived by his beloved wife, Belvia Hamilton Halterman, their two children and their families: son, Lloyd Halterman, his wife, Linda Halterman, and their two children, Brian Halterman and Kelly Halterman Dove and her husband Brian Dove; their daughter, Janet Halterman Mongold, her husband, David Mongold, and their daughter, Tina Mongold Metzer.
Tom was also the proud and loving grandfather of his three granddaughters: Skye and Rayne Metzer and Piper Dove, and his great-grandson, Trapper Dove.
Funeral services were held on Friday, July 28, 2017 at Mathias Church of the Brethren where Tom was a member with Pastor Jonathan Hedrick officiating. Interment followed in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Mathias, W.Va. with Masonic rites accorded by Moorefield Lodge #29 A.F. & A.M.
All arrangements are being handled by McKee Funeral Home, Baker, W.Va.