GILBERT, W.Va. — John B. Vincen of Gilbert passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Marky Cancer Center in Lexington, Ky.
Born July 25, 1933, at Man, he was a son of the late Johnny and Laura White Vincen.
He was a 1951 graduate of Man High School and attended Marshall University’s Logan Campus.
After high school, John joined the Air Force and served our country during the Korean War as Airman Second Class, working as a highly-skilled airplane mechanic. He received a certificate of commendation for his excellent service.
After his tour of duty in the military, John went to work for Amherst Coal Company where he was an electrician for many years. He also worked for Paramount Pacific Construction Company and helped with the R.D. Bailey Dam Project.
After retirement, John pursued his many interests, most of which involved the outdoors. John was an avid gardener and shared his crops (and gardening advice) each year with friends and neighbors. John loved to plant trees and had quite a fruit orchard in his yard. He loved flowers and planted bulbs all around his property.
In addition to these activities, John loved boating on the R.D. Bailey Lake and made a habit of inviting friends for a Sunday afternoon trip around the lake, always providing hot dogs and 50s music as entertainment! John was quite an accomplished dancer; there was nobody in town who could “cut the rug” as well as John. When he wasn’t out on the lake on a Sunday afternoon, he and his wife, Jean, would be exploring the woods behind his house on a dune buggy. Each fall, John and his brother Jimmy would go to Greenbrier County to hunt for squirrels.
John was a member of the Gilbert Presbyterian Church and the local UMWA.
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, A. Jean Fox Vincen; daughters, Laura Alice Schultz of Nitro, and Crystal D. Ballard of Teays Valley; brother, James D. Vincen of Monks Corner, S.C.; sister, Linda Miller of Chesapeake, Ohio; step-children, Donny Boren of Gilbert and Phyllis B. (Joe) Atkins of Charleston; grandchildren, Stephanie (Matt) Devine of Charlotte, N.C., and Austin Ballard and Pierson Ballard of Teays Valley; step-grandchildren, Shannon Boren and Chris Boren, both of Gilbert, and Terry Lee Vance II and Amy Lynn Vance of Charleston; two step-great-grandchildren, Terry Lee Vance III and Aiden Boren of Gilbert.
The family will receive friends at the Gilbert Presbyterian Church Saturday, March 23, from noon until the time of service at 1 p.m. with Rev. Doug Pendleton officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Memory Gardens at Godby with Military Graveside Rites.
In lieu of flowers, tributes may be sent to Gilbert Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 496, Gilbert, WV 25621, or to the charity of your choice.
Pallbearers include Matt Divine, Terry Vance II, Freddie Harless, Bruce Burgess, Bill Peak, Tom White, Curtis Lester and Andy Dillon.
Honorary pallbearers include James H. “Buck” Harless, Jimmy Harless, Clyde Lester, Tim Rutledge and David Houck.
Condolences may be left at www.mountsfuneralhome.com
Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.