Richard G. HERNDON

January 20, 1915 - May 24, 2003

01/20/1915 - 05/24/2003

Past Services

Visitation
Tuesday May 27, 2003
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Service
Wednesday May 28, 2003
10:00 am
St. Michael Catholic Church
1225 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
242-1560 | Directions
Cemetery
Wednesday May 28, 2003
11:30 am
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Wheeling
National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
Directions
Visitation
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions

HERNDON, Richard G., 88, of 47 Ainswood Ave., Wheeling, WV, died Saturday, May 24, 2003 at his home. He was born Jan. 20, 1915 in Clarksburg, WV, the son of the late R.B. Herndon and Mary Conway Herndon. He attended St. Michael’s Grade School and Central Catholic High School in Wheeling. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Law Degree from Ohio State University and commenced his law practice in Wheeling in 1938. At the time of his death, he was the founding and senior partner of the law firm of Herndon, Morton, Herndon & Yeager. He worked for many years to better health care for the Wheeling area. He was devoted to the charitable mission of Wheeling Hospital, where he served as a member of the Board of Directors from 1963 to 1987. From 1970 to 1973 he also served as President of the Board of Directors of Wheeling Hospital where he worked tirelessly on financial planning, fund-raising and construction of the hospital’s new facilities at Medical Park. During his time on the Board he worked to continue the successful expansion for the Hospital’s facilities and services to the community. Since 1963 he served as treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the Welty Home for the Aged Inc., which operated a custodial care home know as The Welty Home. In 1970, with other dedicated volunteers, he commenced the organization and construction of the Good Shepherd Nursng Home as a division of the Welty Home for the Aged Inc. He continued to expand Good Shepherd Nursing Home into the largest non-profit nursing home in West Virginia. In 1984 he commenced the organization and construction of the Welty Retirement Apartments. In 2001 he was the moving force in providing a new service to the elderly by the expansion of the Welty Home’s operations to provide assisted living services to it’s residents who need assistance with daily living, but who do not otherwise require nursing home care. He was a member of the finance and investment committee of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and volunteered his efforts in service to Bishop Swint, Bishop Hodges, Bishop Shulte and Bishop Schmitt. For over thirty years he served successively with Bishop Hodges, Bishop Shulte and Bishop Schmitt as a co-trustee of the Clara Welty Trust for the benefit of Welty Home for the Aged Inc. Richard Herndon was a long time member of the Board of Directors of Security National Bank & Trust., where he also served as Chairman of its holding company Spectrum Financial Cooperation. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Holler Herndon; brothers, John Herndon of Pittsburgh, Pa., Edward Herndon of Bethesda, Md. and James Herndon of Akron, OH; and his sister, Mary Lee Herndon of Wheeling. He was also preceded in death in 1980 by his eldest child, Judith A. Herndon, who was his law partner and a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates and the West Virginia State Senate. He is survived by his daughter, Patricia and her husband, Capt. Thomas Vermillion USAF retired of Niceville, Fla.; granddaughters, Colleen Vermillion and Stephanie Dockstader and her husband, Shiloh; a son, Dr. Richard G. Herndon, Jr. and his wife, Rebecca, of Wheeling; grandsons, Richard G. Herndon III, James Herndon and granddaughter, Bonnie Katherine Herndon; son, Gregory J. Herndon and his wife, Laura Davis Herndon, of Wheeling; granddaughter, Alexa Herndon and grandson, Evan Herndon; a sister, Betty Herndon of Wheeling; and a nephew, Denis W. Busch and his wife, Linda, of Bridgeport, Ohio. Friends received 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger Street, Elm Grove. Funeral liturgy with Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wheeling with the Most Rev. Bernard W. Schmitt as celebrant. Interment in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling. The family requests that Richard G. Herndon be remembered by memorial contributions to the Judith Herndon Scholarship Fund at Mound de Chantal Visitation Academy.

Subscribe
Notify of
3 Condolences
Inline Feedbacks
View all condolences
Paul E. Burke, Jr.
8 years ago

Sorry to hear about the passing of our good friend and attorney – Signed, Paul E. Burke, Jr.

Sr. Mary Grace Flynn
8 years ago

To all the dear family of Richard Herndon: I was sad to learn this morning of his death and since I am not in Wheeling, I will take advantage of this e-mail to send you all my love and sympathy and the assurance of my prayers. We will miss his gentle, kindly presence and his interest and concern for Mount de Chantal. We shall be forever grateful for his friendship. Sincerely, in the Lord, Sr. Mary Grace Flynn

Robert O. Hess
8 years ago

Very sorry to hear of the passing of our good friend and attorney for many years Richard Herndon – Our sympathy to his family – Signed Robery O. Hess