Duane graduated from this earthly “Vail of Tears” to his heavenly home. He is now with his Heavenly Father and all the relatives and friends who went on before. DUANE ALAN MIDKIFF, 71, of Branchland, W.Va., passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2021. He was born July 8, 1950, in West Hamlin, W.Va., a son of Lottie Farley Midkiff and the late Walter Midkiff. He was also preceded in death by an infant sister, Judith Carolyn “Michael’s Twin.” He was a member of West Hamlin United Methodist Church, a graduate of Guyan Valley High School Class of 1968. He was a former employee of the Town of West Hamlin Water Company and Orders Construction, building bridges; the West Hamlin bridge was the first bridge that Duane worked on. Duane was able to make walking sticks with a cross on top. He was glad to give these away to family and friends. He was an avid reader of the scriptures and had a lot of scripture memorized. He is also survived by a brother, Michael (Mitzi); a sister, Diana Midkiff Murphy (Thomas); niece, Cassidy (Johnathan) May; nephew, Carl (Olivia) Flint; great-nephews and niece, Carl Adkins IV, Troj Flint, Connor Clay and Caylee Mae Clay. Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Sunday, July 18, 2021, at McGhee-Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin, W.Va., with Rev. Thomas Jeffrey officiating. The burial will be in Enon Cemetery, Salt Rock, W.Va., where the committal service will be 11 a.m. Monday, July 19, 2021. A visitation will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Condolences can be left at www.handleyfh.com.

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