Dwight K. Elkin, 87, of Fowler Township, Ohio, died Sunday morning, Dec. 29, 2013, at Omni Manor Health Care Center in Austintown.
He was born Jan. 5, 1926, in Punxsutawney, Porter Township, the son of the late H. Clair and Bessie Elizabeth Miller Elkin.
Dwight was a 1944 graduate of Punxsutawney High School.
He served in the Navy as a ships fireman in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.
Dwight was entrusted in the Pacific with piloting the Admiral's shuttle launch between ships in the fleet.
He worked for American Welding & Mfg. Co. in Warren for two years, then worked as a machinist at GE Ohio Lamp for 29 years, retiring in 1988.
Dwight attended Cortland Church of the Nazarene and enjoyed traveling with his wife.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 67 years, Lillian Montrose Snyder Elkin, whom he married Feb. 21, 1947; two daughters, E. Gail (Don) Johnson of Bazetta and Becki (Roger) Phillips of Damascus, Ohio; two sons, J. Scott (Michelle) Elkin of Johnston and Pastor Jim Elkin of Greene Township; six grandchildren, Heather (Richard) Victor, Melissa Elkin, Kemp (Charity) Klinger, Anissa Butcher, Lynne Sharrers and Lauralee (Bill) Noble; 12 great-grandchildren, Garner and Laney, Bryce, Brett, Brock and Logan, Sierra and Landon, McKayla, Hayden, Brayden and Trey; and one brother, Boyd (Janet) Elkin of Punxsutawney.
One grandson, John Scott Elkin; one brother, John Elkin; and three sisters, Erma Dobson, Alice Reed and Letha Snyder, all have preceded him in death.
The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at Lane Family Funeral Homes, Shafer-Winans Chapel in Cortland, Ohio, and also one hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Burial will be at Dugan Cemetery in Fowler, where military honors will be accorded.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Bible Society, P.O. Box 96812, Washington, D.C., 20090-6812; Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512; or to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, 17001 Prairie Star Parkway, Lenexa, KS 66220.
Online condolences may be made to the family and the obituary viewed at www.shaferwinanschapel.com.