|Birth: ||Jun. 10, 1917|
|Death: ||May 8, 2011|
Fred O. Abel, 93, Beallsville, died May 8, 2011 in Woodsfield Nursing and Rehabili-tation Center. He was born June 10, 1917 near Pennsville, a son of the late Orin W. and Rosa Price Abel.
He was a retired educator of the Switzerland of Ohio School District serving as teacher, principal and superintendent, primarily for Beallsville schools but also in Carey and Clarington. He graduated from Pennsville High School and was a proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Class of 1939.
Fred, a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army, served stateside at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, Colorado as a Technical Instructor teaching Physics and practical work in X-ray services. He was a member of the Monroe County Retired Teachers Association and a life member of the Ohio and National Education Associations. He was a champion for his community, especially through the school system but in many other ways including a 70-year active membership in Sunsbury lodge #362, Scottish Rite Valley of Cambridge, OES #24, American Legion Post 768 and the Rolling Hills Ruritan. In addition, he was instrumental in helping form the Beallsville Volunteer Fire Department serving as treasurer, the Switzerland of Ohio Water Department, and the Beallsville Veterans' Memorial Park.
As assistant coach, he helped Henry Prichard launch Beallsville High School's successful football program in 1947 and was involved in every aspect of making it happen from helping set the light poles to making sure players had the needed equipment.
Between 1989 and 1993, he represented the area's customers of electrical power as a Trustee for South Central Power Company, was a former member of and helped build the Switzerland of Ohio Country Club and a 40-year member of the Village of Wilson Village Council including many years as mayor and village clerk. At Beallsville United Methodist Church, he was a long time faithful servant - over the years, holding nearly every leadership position within the church. He served faithfully not only because he knew it was the right thing to do but also because he firmly believed that the greater Beallsville community (the 120 square miles of the old Switzerland of Ohio School District) was a great place to live with much to offer. He also believed that the best students in the world attended Beallsville Schools and he was greatly honored to know and serve them.
Surviving are his wife of nearly 70 years, Kathryn Miller Abel; a son, Robert K. Abel of Linthicum Heights, Md.; and three generations of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his twin brother, Floyd Irvin; and a sister, Olive Abel Diehl.
Friends were received May 14 at Harper Funeral Home, Beallsville. Funeral services were held June 15 at the United Methodist Church, Beallsville, with Pastors Tina Gallaher and Richard Wilson officiating. burial followed in Beallsville Cemetery with full military honors by American Legion Post 768. Masonic services were conducted May 14 at the funeral home.
Because his church and the Beallsville school were both very important to him, Fred's family asks that contributions be made to the Beallsville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 61, Beallsville or the Beallsville Educational Partners, (an organization formed to raise funds to provide needed but unfunded items for the new school under construction) at P.O. Box 138, Beallsville.
Orin Ward Abel (1884 - 1954)
Rosa Blanche Price Abel (1883 - 1928)
Kathryn M Miller Abel (1920 - 2011)*
Olive Rae Abel Diehl (1909 - 1989)*
Fred O Abel (1917 - 2011)
Created by: Lockhart Stockdale
Record added: Nov 30, 2011
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