John Richard Watson Sr., 86, of Weirton, WV, passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014, at Trinity Medical Center West, Steubenville, OH.

He was born May 14, 1928, in New Cumberland, WV. The son of the late William Orpha Watson and Edith Corrine Ross Watson. John was a member of Cove Presbyterian Church, where he served in many leadership roles, a U.S. Army, Korean War veteran, VFW Post No. 3526, New Cumberland Lodge No. 22 A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rite, Osiris Shriners, 25 year club of Weirton Steel Company.

He retired from Weirton Steel as a foreman in the strip steel.

Surviving are his loving wife of 52 years, Betty Jane Sandy Watson; daughter, Juliet Watson Spry (Craig) and their children, Christian Allan Spry, Cara Jane Spry of Currituck, NC; son, John Richard Watson Jr., of Suwanee, GA; sister, Saundra Brown, of New Cumberland, WV; brother, William O. Watson, of Weirton, WV, Arthur “Jack” Watson of New Cumberland, WV.

Visitation will be Friday May 23, 2014, 4-8 p.m. at Steel & Wolfe Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 3721 Main St., Weirton, WV. Additional visitation will be held Saturday from 10 until time of service at 11 a.m. at Cove Presbyterian Church with Dr. J.E. Rudiger presiding. Interment will follow at New Cumberland Cemetery with Masonic rites by New Cumberland Lodge No. 22 A.F. & A.M.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Cove Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 3404 Main St., Weirton, WV 26062.