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Ruth Maxine (Funk) Tichnell

November 21, 1925 ~ March 28, 2020 (age 94)

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Ruth Maxine Tichnell, 94, of Rowlesburg died Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Mon General Hospital with her loving family by her side.

She was born November 21, 1925, in the Preston County community of Denver, WV, a daughter of the late Hosea and Edna Shaw Funk.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She loved spending time with her family, family genealogy and attended the Christ United Methodist Church, Rowlesburg. Mrs. Tichnell’s work history included being the bookkeeper/co-owner of Tichnell Refrigeration, the first female to work in the office of Alpha Portland Cement in Manheim, worked in Washington, DC for the US Department of the Navy and the US Census Bureau, TRW in Cleveland, OH, the Peoples National Bank in Rowlesburg where she retired. She graduated from Rowlesburg High School, Class of 1943, was a member of the Rowlesburg Historical Society, a volunteer at Szilagyi Center Hooten Library, the Preston County Historical Society, a past Board of Director member for Preston County Senior Citizens, a past board of directors’ former member for COLE (Coalition on Legislature for the Elderly), was celebrated as a Rosie the Riveteer, and was recognized as a WV History Hero.

She is survived by her daughter, Donna Loughrie and husband, Daniel of Rowlesburg;  her son, Don Tichnell and wife, Carolyn of Masontown; four grandchildren, Brandy Loughrie-Moore and husband, Joseph of Houston, TX; Johnathan Loughrie and wife, Katherine of LaVale, MD; Shannon Langiotti and husband, Freddie of Tampa, FL and Travis Tichnell and wife, Faye of Terra Alta; five great grandchildren, Liam Moore, Amelia Jo Tichnell, Rylee Moore, Anna Loughrie and Molly Loughrie; three step-grandchildren, David Morris, Dana Morris and Shelley Martin and husband, Reggie; one step great grandson, RJ Martin; three sisters-in-law, Gloria Nestor and husband, Paul of Dayton, OH, Tina Tichnell of Aurora and Betty Funk of Elyria, OH and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Duncan G. Tichnell; her son, Charles Funk; two sisters, Wilma Chidester and husband, Clyde and Kathryn and her husbands, Calvin Lee Rogers and Forrest Moore; her brother, E. Dale Funk; a special sister-in-law, Georgie and brother in-law, Fred Tichnell.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ruth’s memory to the Preston County Historical Society; P. O. Box 118, Bruceton Mills, WV 26525

Private services for Ruth Maxine Tichnell were held on Tuesday, March 31,2020 and may be viewed at the following link:


She was buried at Mt. Israel Cemetery.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

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Private Interment

Mt. Israel Cemetery
Marquess Road
Tunnelton, WV 26444

Celebration of Life

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