Dennis R. Ferguson



Dennis Ray Ferguson, 68, of RR 1, Pullman, WV., died Sunday, Sept. 12, 1993, in Harrisville, WV.

Authorities say Ferguson committed suicide in the Ritchie County Jail where he was awaiting trial on charges that he shot and killed a state policeman.

He was born in Pennsville, WV, a son of the late Dennis Clyde and Sarah Alma Moore Ferguson. He was a 1943 graduate of Weirton (WV) High School.~ During high school, he worked at Half Moon Airport in exchange for flying lessons and received his pilot's license in May 1942. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star for valor. He received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Naval Reserve around 1959 and also received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army.

He had attended Marietta (OH) College and transferred to Steubenville College where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology in 1951. He had also done graduate work at Pitt Graduate School in Pittsburgh, PA. He worked as an industrial hygienist at Weirton Steel Co., Division of National Steel Corp., for 13 years and had spent five years in Denver, CO, working for the Colorado State Health Department. He retired to Ritchie County in 1973.
Surviving is a sister, Margaret Miller of Thousand Oaks, CA.

No services or visitation were held. Burial was in Arlington Nationa] Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
McClure-Schafer Funeral Home, Marietta, OH, was in charge of arrangements.