Dayton Leon Ables

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Dayton Leon Ables

Age 74, of Sutton, West Virginia passed away on October 04, 2018 after a long battle with Mystania Gravis.

Known as Rivers to his friends, he was born at home in Gilmer County, West Virginia on February 05, 1944.

As a toddler he was sent with his brothers and sisters to make the required head count to the Baldwin School. At about 8 or 9 years old his father, Granville William Ables, decided to move to Ohio, so he and Addie (Lattea) packed all the children and moved up near Diamond, Ohio where Rivers grew up hunting and trapping on the local lake and rivers.

At 17 he decided to go into the Air Force where he served Honorably and was discharged in California where he decided to stay until he retired. While there he worked as a Labor Foreman in Commercial Masonry, helped start and build the Local 165 Union from which he and his crews helped rebuild all of the state capital and downtown area, which at that time was about 6 city blocks. When he retired in 1995 and moved back to West Virginia, the City of Sacramento was over 40 miles across, there were few commercial jobs involving masonry that he was not part of. He was also an Operating Engineer.

Dayton played as hard as he worked, he enjoyed dirt bikes, fishing, hunting (anything), camping, 4 wheeling, he was an outdoorsman.

Dayton was preceded in death by both his parents, Granville William Ables and Addie (Lattea) Ables as well as all his siblings: Harold of Diamond, OH; Nancy of Ohio; Mary Louise of Buckhannon, WV; Bessie of Ohio; Ray of Ohio; Maxine of Ohio, Robert of Ohio and Carol Marie of Ohio.Dayton is survived by his son, Barry (Shelia) Ables, Urbana, Ohio and 6 grandchildren and wife, Maryetta of Sutton, WV, who would like to express our deepest appreciation to West Virginia Caring who provided palliative and hospice care for our family and to the Hubbard Hospice House who opened their doors and their hearts to Dayton. In lieu of flowers donations to WV Caring would be most appropriate.

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