Member Loses Wife

Deepest sympathies to retiree John Woods on the January 15, 2018 passing of his wife Janie Mayle at age 59.   We all here at Local 495 want to express our deepest condolences.

A complete obituary for Janie and memorial contributions information may be viewed by going to




Local Member Passes (Service Update)

Braden Obituary

Click the link above for complete obituary and service details.



For those of you submitting dues for January 2018 forward please remember that the U.A. dues increased by $2 so your monthly out of work dues payment will now be $37.00 per month. 

Thank you! 


Retiree Clifford M. Hill Passes

The office has received word that retiree Clifford M. Hill (89) of Ripley, WV passed away on December 28, 2017 at Jackson General Hospital following a short illness.

Clifford joined the U.A. on September 23, 1952 and became a Life Member in 2006.  He is survived by his sons Melvin “Butch” Hill, Randy Hill, and Richard Hill.  He also is survived by 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and a special friend and companion Dorthy Hunt.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 4, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel in Evans, WV.  Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

Condolences may be shared with the family at

Death Assessment #244 ($10.00) is now due.


Local 495 Retiree Neil “Tom” Sawyer Passes

It is with deepest regret that we must pass along the word of the passing of Local 495 retiree Tom Sawyer.

Tom was 84 years of age.  He was a life member of the local union and served in many capacities with the union over the years.   Tom is survived by his wife of 61 years Rosemary and their children Jodee Achauer, Marcy McManaway, Thomas Sawyer, Creag Sawyer (local 495 retiree) and Justin Sawyer.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date.

To send a card to the family you may mail it to:  221 Westview Drive, New Concord, OH  43762.

Death Assessment #243 ($10.00) is now due.


Mike Miley Surgery Update (12-6-17)

Courtney has just updated the hall on Mike’s surgery progress so far today.  As of 1:41 p.m. he was still in surgery and they said he was stable.  He is expected to remain in surgery until 5 or 6 p.m.

We will update when we receive more information from Courtney on his condition and progress.


^*^MIKES SURGERY UPDATE^*^ (12-7-17)

As you all know, Mike had his very risky and serious surgery today, we had alot of risks doing this procedure, (bleeding stroke clots right side of his heart failing even more to where it would need support) luckily enough we were able to to control the clot he had that we noticed in an echocardiogram earlier on, and I’m beyond blessed to say we have the right team of doctors Nurses, friends family, the man upstairs on our side because surgery went EXCELLENT!! Dr. Lee explained we had minimal bleeding and minimal complications considering they had to do a whole different procedure and medications because mike is allergic to heperin (blood thinner), i can say what a relief it is after sitting all day thinking of the worst when they don’t always call you n update you from the operating room, we are not out of the clear yet being the next couple of days are very critical for him, but we all have the faith that he will be fine and the reason we all still call him IRON MIKE, because he has done the unthinkable, he is in recovery so I cant go back for 2 hours, but we are keeping him sedated threw the night and waking him up tomorrow I will try to update everyone tomorrow as I know things, thank you all. In the pictures is the device mike has n yes he will run off of batteries and we will have to plug him in #TEAMIRONMIKE


Local 495 Retiree Wendell Layman Passes Away

We are sad to have to announce the passing of Local #495 retiree, Wendell Layman.  A complete obituary can be viewed at the link below.



Mike Miley Update


As you all know we have been getting mike up and walking, and He has been doing well with that for not walking much at all the last 9 weeks, we are getting stronger every day. On Monday, we had a small procedure done, we had a heart catheter done on the left side of his neck so we could monitor the right side of his heart for 72 hours to help us determine wether we needed to get an LVAD (support for his heart) so we also did another echocardiogram on Tuesday, as Mike, myself, his surgeon and the rest of his team discussed results and his heart still only functioning at the 20-25% we all agree he needs a permanent LVAD put in, after discussion we are planning on surgery for December 6th, in the morning please remember this is an extensive surgery and will last at least 6 hours and he will have recovery for at least 2 hours after that, so if I dont answer anyone on wednesday, its because I dont know a whole lot either for an update, so we all will need to patient that day for results in the evening hours. On a good note, we all are very happy with the progress mike has made over the last 9 weeks, he still amazes me how strong will powered he is, from not knowing hour to hour that he was make it in the begining, to overcome the impossible and make a recovery like he has with his liver, lungs and kidneys coming back, Once we recover from the surgery if everything goes as planned and no other complications go on, we will be put on the heart transplant list in march, so everyone cross our fingers and pray and hope next weeks surgery goes well and all organs keep functioning on their own, until then we will be focused on walking more, eating, and getting stronger, total recovery time for mike is all dependant on him n how well he does, we dont know how long this process will take, it could be 4 weeks, or it could even be 2 months, we won’t know how he will do until after the surgery, we are still getting mail from you guys,  our prayer chain is so huge I dont know how to thank everyone for all your support, words cant express how we feel about everyone reaching out n touching our hearts like you guys have, the visits the calls, the cards, and comments, I read everyone to Mike, this truly is my miracle💓💓💓💓💓💓😇 thank you guys again



Local Retiree Passing (Updated)

It is with deep regret that we must pass along the news that retiree Charles D. Clark has passed away.  Charles is survived by his wife Carmelita and his son David “Inch” Clark.

We do not have any additional information at this time but the membership will be made aware of arrangements when we are notified.

A complete obituary may be viewed at the link below:


Charles D.



Winning Logo Chosen

The membership has voted and we would like to congratulate Joe Kozora (son of retiree John “Jack” Kozora) on designing the winning new Local #495 logo.

A huge thank you to all of you who participated in the contest!  We had numerous great logo submissions and its good to know there is so much artistic talent within the local!

Click the link below to view the new logo!!!

Kozora Logo