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From advocating for special causes to recognizing the sacrifice of families who have lost a son or daughter in battle, John Nanny has given his all to ensure that the service provided by Ohio Valley veterans will not be forgotten.

Nanny, 79, died on Sunday. Marine, Nanny’s life exemplified her passion for helping others and promoting worthy causes. He was a common sight in our office, where he regularly stopped to chat, always passing on information about his latest project or sharing with us the names of young men from the Northern Panhandle selected for the American Legion Boys State.

It was his work with veterans service organizations that stood out. He was a former Commandant of the Marine Corps League, was a member and former Commandant of American Legion Post 1 in Wheeling, a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4442, and was also President of the Hershel “Woody” Williams Scholarship Foundation. He also worked for years coordinating the local Marine Toys for Tots campaign.

“John was a great way to organize the veteran community, get them to recognize each other and help each other,” said John Looney, director of the Wheeling Vet Center. “He was great at organizing the Marine Corps League for the county and for the state, and really supported veterans and recognized veterans who worked within the community.

“He was good at saying, ‘This is what America is’ and including everyone. … He’s definitely an example for everyone to follow his example. He demonstrated how well people can work the with each other.

Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott first met Nanny in 1989 at Boys State. He said working with Nanny on the Gold Star Memorial showed him Nanny’s passions for veterans.

“His passing will certainly leave a great void, not only in the veterans community, but throughout the greater region,” Elliott said.

“…He was just a wonderful guy. I really enjoyed all my experiences with him, and it really hurts to hear.

Nanny’s contributions to the Ohio Valley veteran community will be long remembered.

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