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Edward Francis Close

Edward Francis Close, 71, of Williamstown, passed away May 15, 2021, at the Marietta Memorial Hospital.

He was born June 1, 1949, in Canton, Ohio, a son of the late Donald and Lena Isabella Close.

He graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1967 and also from Mountain State College. He was a retired machine operator/trackman for CSX Railroad. He had an extreme love for trains, especially steam engines. A steam engine excursion ride was always a must do! He was also an animal lover with cats, taking the highest priority and wanted nothing more than to help all the stray cats.

He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Close of Parkersburg.

A very special thank you to Art and Mary Tucker and to Jane Williams for their many years of caring friendship and help.

Funeral services will be Wednesday 11 a.m. at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg with A. Arthur Tucker officiating.

Burial will follow at Parkersburg Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be held Tuesday 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley, 90 Mount Tom Road, Marietta, OH 45750.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com