John Abraham Poling
John Abraham Poling, 95, of Marietta, Ohio, passed away on Monday, July 8, 2019 at Clarksburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Midway, West Virginia, on February 14, 1924 to Rosa Simon Poling and Danial Boyles Poling. He was the sixth of seven sons and was preceded in death by his wife Mildred Hinterer Poling and his six brothers Obed, Mike, Okey, Bus, Glen and Perry. He is survived by a daughter, Barbara Poling Peterson and her husband N. Lee Peterson. Two sons, Alan John Poling and his wife Mary Stewart Poling and David Kenneth Poling and his wife Alice Bissett Poling. Three grandchildren, Jennifer Lynn Brodie (Scott), Matthew Brady Meglio (Robin) and Kimberly Dawn Lambert and five great grandchildren. Four sisters-in-law, Evangeline Myers Poling, Jean Hinterer Ruckman, Arlene Hinterer Pope (Bob) and Delores Trent Hinterer (Bob Hoover). Numerous nieces and nephews and countless great nieces and great nephews.
He was a graduate of Belington High School class of 1941 and attended Alderson Broaddus College and West Virginia University. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944 where he served on a gunnery team on the USS Randolph aircraft carrier. He fought in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and was present in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese emperor surrendered unconditionally to General Douglas MacArthur. He was awarded the bronze star for heroism in battle after his ship was struck by a kamikaze plane and he threw munitions overboard to avoid an explosion from the ensuing fire.
After the war, he was employed as a lineman with Monongahela Power Company. He ultimately was promoted to district manager in Marietta, Ohio where he retired in 1989 after 42 years of service. He served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, the YMCA and the Washington County Library Board. He led the successful campaign to pass the levy to construct Marietta Senior High School. He was an active member and led the capital campaign to restore St. Luke’s Lutheran Church to its former glory. After retiring, he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity for many years, sold real estate and enjoyed golfing with family and friends. He was a member in good standing at American Legion Post #64 and the Marietta VFW. He was a member of Friendship Lodge #56 in West Union, West Virginia. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, an Aladdin Shriner and a member of the Marietta Shrine Club.
Viewing is from 6-8 PM Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Hadley Funeral Home Reno Chapel, 1021 Pike St., Marietta, OH with a masonic service to begin at 8 PM. A memorial service will be held at 11 AM Friday morning, July, 12, 2019 at the funeral home. A private burial service will be held at Valley View Cemetery in Doddridge County, West Virginia.
Online condolences may be made at www.hadleyfh.com.