Melvin Jack Vorbach, 94, formerly of Romney, passed away Sunday, March 11th at his son’s home in Bunker Hill, WV. Born in Morgantown, WV on November 5, 1923, he was the son of the late William A. and Lena B. (Grose) Vorbach.
Besides his parents, Jack is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Julia (Marra) Vorbach. A daughter, Marci Mia (Vorbach) Bondy. A grandson, Michael Vorbach. Four brothers; William, Robert, Joseph, and David Vorbach. Two brothers-in-law; Joe Carra and George Sutton. A sister-in-law, Irene Vorbach.
Jack is survived by a son, Donald R. Vorbach and wife Sherry of Bunker Hill, WV. Two granddaughters; Brandi Rosado of Memphis, TN and Julie Jene Logan and husband Dickie of West Memphis, Arkansas. Two great-great grandchildren; Jordan and Grayson Logan. Four sisters; Bonnie Mattingly and husband James of Bridgeport, WV, Twila Carra of Edgewater, FL, Shonet McClung and husband James of Morgantown, WV and Sharon Sutton of Palmara, VA. Three sisters-in-law; Kay Vorbach of Morgantown, WV, Betty Vorbach of Morgantown, WV, and Beverly Vorbach of Zellwood, FL.
Jack was born and raised in Morgantown, WV graduating from Morgantown High School in 1941. After a brief stint working for his grandfather in the carpentry business, Jack enlisted in the US Army. During his enlistment, he served tours in Europe and the Pacific; at the height of WWII. In 1946 he was honorably discharged and returned to Morgantown and enrolled at West Virginia University School of Forestry, graduating in 1950. During his time at WVU, he met Julia and in 1947 the young couple married and were inseparable for the next 60 years. They started their family and after several moves, they settled in Romney in 1952 due to Jack’s work. In 1956 Jack started working for WESTVACO as a Forester. After 30 years, he retired and was able to focus more on his hobbies.
As a young teenager, Jack became interested in music and he eventually mastered the Banjo. Many may remember Jack playing his “Rag Time” music performing in many shows in the Romney area. Jack even had his own airplane. He obtained his pilot’s license in the early 80’s and would fly in the WV/VA areas- up until 2004. Jack lived a full life. He was a kind and gentle soul. He was friendly, loving, easy going, and had a very dry quick- witted sense of humor. Jack was also very resolved. Once he had his mind made up, you weren’t changing it. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting and fishing, gardening, and Boy Scouts. He was a member of the Romney First United Methodist Church, Romney Lions Club, and the Society of American Foresters.
Jack had moved to Bunker Hill, WV to live with Don and Sherry due to declining health issues. He still continued to play the banjo and would return weekly to Romney to play music with friends. Jack will surely be missed by all.
Friends will be received on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 11:00 AM till 12:00 Noon at the Romney First United Methodist Church located at 49 N. High St. in Romney. A memorial service will immediately follow at 12:00 Noon with Rev. Dr. Roy Knight officiating. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in memory of Jack to: Romney Senior Center ~ PO Box 41 ~ Romney, WV 26757 or Potomac Center ~ 1 Blue St. ~ Romney, WV 26757
Please direct inquiries to Shaffer Funeral Home, 304.822.3511