John W. Watson

June 3, 1944 - August 25, 2016

06/03/1944 - 08/25/2016

Past Services

Wednesday August 31, 2016
Union Cemetery
211 Maple Ave.
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
740-685-1260 | Directions
Wednesday August 31, 2016
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home
204 West Main Street
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
740-695-0475 | Directions
Wednesday August 31, 2016
1:00 pm
Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home
204 West Main Street
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
740-695-0475 | Directions

John W. Watson, 72, of St. Clairsville, OH died Thursday, August 25, 2016 at the Veteran Administration Hospital-Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA. He was born June 3, 1944 in Bellaire, OH a son of the late W. Hayes and Margaret McConnell Watson.

John was a former foreman for Consolidated Coal Company, a retired employee of VOTO Manufactures Sales Co., a Presbyterian by faith and proudly served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. After his discharge, he attended The Ohio State University. He was a graduate of the St. Clairsville High School.

Surviving are his loving wife of 46 years Michele A. Boiarski Watson of St. Clairsville; a daughter, Dawn Watson-Boothe and her husband Terry of Florence, KY; a son, John W. Watson, II of St. Clairsville; a sister, Nancy (Mitch) Toto of Morristown, OH; two grandchildren, Nicholas and Tea’ Boothe.

Friends will be received on Wednesday from 11 am until time of service at 1 pm at Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home & Crematory 204 West Main Street St. Clairsville with Fr. Thomas Chillog officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, St. Clairsville with full Military Honors conducted by the Belmont County Veterans Association.

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Charlotte Brokaw Thomas
7 years ago

I remember ‘little John’ with his legs dangling down from the United Presbyterian church pew. His parents, Margaret and Hayes loved him dearly and were so proud of their young man. Now they are united. May all who knew and loved him be grateful for the priceless gift of friendship here and above.

Mark J. Klug
7 years ago

Michelle, Please know that you and your family will be remembered in our prayers. I hope our Lord and Savior will give you peace of heart, as He will certainly now give John as He reaches for John’s hand to kindly usher him to the Kingdom of God the Father as has been promised. Christy and I will pray for understanding that John will suffer no more,, and that he will be patiently waiting to be rejoined with you, the love of his life, when God decides that it is time. I realize how close you two were here on earth, and that it must be so painful to be separated for awhile. Please find some solace in the fact that John’s big wide smile would always help uplift those around him, and that we won’t soon forget that. Please take care of yourself now. I promise you, John is safe, and in good hands. May God Bless you and be with you in a special way during this most difficult time. I hope that Christy and I will see you sometime at Denny’s to share some thoughts over a cup of coffee. Take care.

Mark and Christy Klug
Moundsville, WV

Tom Nicholson
7 years ago

My best buddy through high school and beyond. We entered service on the same day. He went to Viet Nam I went to Germany. Gone way too soon. Already feel a vacant spot in my life.

Cheryl J Skinner, Patriot Guard
7 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time

May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of John W. Watson, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your work on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of…..

US Army Veteran, John W. Watson, “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Milton Campbell
7 years ago

Sorry for your loss. The best friend that a bereaved family can have is our Creator and Father, God. He invites you to throw all your burdens on him and he will sustain you in this time of grief. May you all find comfort as you pour out your hearts to him in prayer because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7).

Mary Ann Watson
7 years ago

My deepest sympathy to John’s wife, Michelle, and his two children, John and Dawn and sister Nancy. John was a wonderful cousin, a great conversationalist, and a wonderful co-researcher on Indian history of the farmlands around St. C. I think of him so fondly. I was fortunate to have him in my life. Love to all, Mary Ann

7 years ago

My deepest condolences to the Watson family, may you find comfort in prayer and the beautiful words of Revelation 21:3,4 where God promises us that He will soon eliminate all death and suffering.