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Richard W. Magaha, 72, of Charles Town passed away on Friday, August 14, 2020 at his residence under the care of his loving wife and Hospice of the Panhandle.

He was born June 29, 1948 in Jefferson County. He was the son of the late Thomas L. “Tom” Magaha and Arbutus D. “Bootie” (Dailey) Magaha.

Richard retired after 33 years with the Mt. Weather Fire Department. Also, he was Superintendent of Road and Grounds and co-owner of T.L. Magaha and Sons Inc., Farms.

He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church.

He graduated from Charles Town High School, class of 1968.

He was a member and former assistant chief with the Citizens Fire Company and was a member of FFA and 4-H.

He served in the Air National Guard in Martinsburg.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Nancy Ann (Blue) Magaha, at home; son, Jason W. Magaha and wife Laura, of Charles Town; granddaughter, Kate Magaha; brothers, Donald L. “Donnie” Magaha and Larry T. Magaha and wife Jan, both of Charles Town; nieces, Karen L. Magaha and Donna L. Ring.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his niece, Shelly Hawk.

Private graveside service will be held at Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Martinsburg.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, on Sunday, August 23, the Magaha family would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to pay their respects to the family, to please meet at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 2005 Old Leetown Pike, Kearneysville at 1:30 p.m. and line up their vehicles for a drive thru visitation. The caravan  will proceed to the Magaha Farm on Route 51 where the family will be outside to greet them.

Arrangements are by the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town.

Memorial contributions may be made to Citizens Fire Company, PO Box 927, Charles Town, WV 25414, Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County, PO Box 147, Charles Town, WV 25414 or Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430.

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