PORT WASHINGTON — Council approved dedicating Dec. 20, 2018 as the "Neil Compton Day" for Port Washington.

Neil Compton, a longtime educator and administrator in the Indian Valley School District, was laid to rest on Thursday, Dec. 20.

Much of the council meeting was honoring Compton with stories of how he dedicated his life to the community and the kids of the school district. Compton was a teacher, principal, superintendent, bus driver for many years in the Indian Valley School District. His testament of life is obvious in this community. He truly was a pillar of Port Washington. A school bus was brought in for his funeral precession to the cemetery.

Neil Ronald Compton, 90, of Port Washington passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 in the Community Hospice Truman House surrounded by his family.

Neil was a man of few words, but what he said carried great weight with his family, friends, neighbors and colleagues. He was said to have never disparaged anyone, and he said he always learned something from everyone he met.

Born June 4, 1928 in Grafton, W.Va., he was a son of the late Benjamin and Rachel Truffitt Compton. Neil was also preceded in death by his wife, Ellen J. Compton on June 28, 2009; grandson, Matthew Ronald Compton; sister, Mary Henderson; brother, Ray Compton and several brothers and sisters-in-law.

After his graduation in 1946 from Grafton High School, in West Virginia, he served in the Army and is a World War II veteran. He received his bachelor's degree in education from Fairmont State University and his master's degree from WVU. Neil served as a teacher, principal and superintendent for Port Washington Schools and Indian Valley South retiring in 1982. He was a devoted and accomplished educator and was selected as the Outstanding American Educator in 1975. Neil was a very active member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Port Washington for over 60 years. He loved spending time with family, being outdoors, hunting, fishing, golfing, kayaking, mountain climbing, traveling the world, riding his bicycle and his Harley. Neil spent much of his time doing things for the church and golfing with his many friends at River Greens Golf Course. He was proud to be an alumnus of WVU and was a devoted fan of the Mountaineers.

Neil is survived by his children, Terry (Dana) Kittell of Coshocton, Gary (Kay) Compton of New Philadelphia, Larry "Ike" (Debbie) Compton of Sugarcreek, Jerry "Jud" (Dawna) Compton, Barry "Ed" (Becky) Compton both of Dover; brothers, Edward Compton of Florida, Thomas (Penny) Compton of Colorado; sister, Jo Claire Callison of Texas; 13 grandchildren, Kevin (Tiffany) Kittell, Jay (Tracy) Kittell, Angelica (John Igrec) Compton, Aaron Compton, Adam Compton, Josh (Tessa) Compton, Scott (Deanna) Compton, Jeremy (Amy) Compton, Jessi (Josh) Garvin, Joseph Compton, Kyle (Ashley) Compton, Danielle Compton; 16 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, James Henderson of Colorado; special friend, Pat Savage and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 20, in the St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Port Washington with Rev. Dr. Robert E. Buckley officiating. Interment was in the Union Cemetery.

Council also:

• Heard that there were approximately 50 children who visited with Santa at the Fire Station on Sunday, Dec. 16.

• Approved the submittal of a paving project proposal from Newton Asphalt for approximately $24,000 for the paving of High Street to be completed in 2019.

• Was reminded that there will be a meeting on Dec 27 at 7p.m. for the closing of the books for year 2018.