Nelson T. Kane
Nelson Thomas Hunter Kane passed away Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, at Berkeley Medical Center. Born Feb. 19, 1938, in Bunker Hill, he was the son of the late Franklin Porter “Doll” Kane and the late Elsie Lancaster Kane, and stepson of the late Lena Puffenberger Strobridge Kane, who raised him from age seven.
Nelson is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy Jean Palmer Kane, whom he married March 31, 1961. He is further survived by daughters, DeLaine Buckley, Dena Kane, Debbie Shumaker and husband, Mitchell Shumaker; and sons, Nelson Thomas Hunter Kane II and wife, Becky Kane, and Mark Travis Kane. He is also survived by grandchildren Amanda Parsons, Charlotte Parsons Smith, Jessica Dodd Thomas, Tori Kane, Levi Silver, Cody Shumaker and Jacob Shumaker and great-grandchildren, Quenton, Ridley, Lucas and Sidney Thomas and Jackson Shumaker. He is further survived by his sister, Elizabeth Ann Miller, and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and stepmother, he was preceded in death by brothers, Paul Kane, Charles Kane and Edgar Kane and sisters, Aretha Regina Kane and Amy Davis.
A 1957 graduate of Musselman High School, Nelson enlisted in the United States Army Jan. 8, 1959, and was honorably discharged Oct. 1, 1961. He then served in the United States Army Reserve through Oct. 3, 1969.
Nelson grew up on the family farm on Henshaw Road in Bunker Hill. Following high school, he continued to farm while attending Shepherd College for one year, majoring in biology. After being discharged from the Army, he worked for a local manufacturing plant before spending a number of years building homes. In his later years, he traveled to local festivals, steam shows, and flea markets where he enjoyed meeting new people while selling his “treasures.”
He was a lifetime member of the NRA, being awarded recognition for his service to the Friends of the NRA program, and the Future Farmers of America, where he received their Honorary Chapter Farmer award. He was also awarded an Appreciation Award for his work with the Jefferson County Izaak Walton League. He was a recipient of the Ripley-Isherwood Golden Apple Recognition Award for his contribution to Musselman High School Athletics. He was of the Presbyterian faith.
Nelson enjoyed bluegrass music and taught himself to play the banjo. He enjoyed spending time in his wood shop where he built walnut and cherry furniture, some of which is in use at the Bunker Hill Presbyterian Church. He was an avid collector of antiques, including vintage John Deere tractors, and loved attending auctions.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the Musselman High School Future Farmers of America at 126 Excellence Way, Inwood, West Virginia, or the Bunker Hill Presbyterian Church at 9802 Winchester Avenue, Bunker Hill, West Virginia.
Services was held 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, at the South Berkeley Chapel. Prior to the service, visitation was held for family at 9 a.m. and for friends at 10 a.m. Visitors will be required to wear face masks, practice social distancing, and follow directives. Interment will be at the Bunker Hill Cemetery following the service..