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Donald W. Reeder

BOONSBORO - Donald W. Reeder, 64, of 16 Della Lane, died Thursday, May 1, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Nov. 18, 1932, in Rohrersville, he was the son of the late Ralph W. and Mabel Mary Poffenberger Reeder.

He was employed at the Maryland Correctional Institution, Hagerstown, retiring after 30 years.

A U.S. Army veteran, he served during the Korean War.

He was a member of Hagerstown Church of the Brethren.

He also was a member of Clopper-Michael Post 10 American Legion, Boonsboro; McClellan Gun Club, Keedysville; BPO Elks Lodge 378, Hagerstown; and AARP.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara A. Brandenburg Reeder, whom he married Feb. 19, 1960; two sisters, Deloris A. Smith and Lois Y. Webber, both of Boonsboro; two brothers, Ralph E. Reeder and Gail L. Reeder, both of Boonsboro; eight nieces; one nephew; four grand-nieces; and five grand-nephews.

Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Bast Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. The Rev. Dean Miller and the Rev. Rachel Black will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Keedysville.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Fairview Cemetery, c/o Geneva Barkdoll, 19652 Mill Point Road, Boonsboro, Md. 21713; Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, 15 S. Mulberry St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740; or Mt. Zion Lutheran Cemetery Board, c/o Sarah Palmer, 1360 Otter Drive, Hagerstown, Md. 21742-3040.

Charles R. Thompson Sr.

KNOXVILLE, Md. - Charles "Buck" Richard Thompson Sr., 62, of 19615 Tree Top Drive, died Thursday, May 1, 1997, at Frederick Memorial Hospital, Frederick, Md.

Born Nov. 9, 1934, in Lovettsville, Va., he was the son of Florence Isabella Compher Thompson of Brunswick, Md., and the late Harry Richard Thompson.

He was employed as a forklift driver by Jefferson Cold Storage, Charles Town, W.Va., until his retirement.

He was of the Methodist faith.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by six daughters, Darlene Spangler of Wolfsville, Md., Judy Kline of Harrisburg, Pa., Mary Lou Magaha and Ginny Payne, both of Taneytown, Md., Linda Thompson of Hagerstown and Brenda Mentzer of Boonsboro; three sons, Thomas Thompson of Knoxville, Butch Payne of New Market, Md., and Charles Thompson Jr. of Funkstown; one sister, Patricia Thompson Deener of Falling Waters, W.Va.; and 25 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a friend, Virginia Kennan.

Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, Lovettsville. The Rev. Chris Suderdieck will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Lovettsville.

Visitation will be held today from 3 to 9 p.m. at John T. Williams Funeral Home, 100 Petersville Road, Brunswick.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Charles Thompson Fund, c/o Florence Thompson, 15, 5th Ave. Box B, Brunswick, Md. 21716.

Ernest W. Corderman

Ernest William Corderman, 94, of 419 W. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, died Thursday, May 1, 1997, at Williamsport Nursing Home, Williamsport.

Born March 19, 1903, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Luther H. and Irene LeFever Corderman.

He was of the Protestant faith.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Helen Ruth Corderman; two sisters, Pauline Everhart and Charlotte Witherspoon, both of Hagerstown; and two brothers, Roscoe Corderman and Earl Corderman, both of Hagerstown.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harry Corderman and Howard Corderman.

Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown. The Rev. J. Norman Mayer and the Rev. Robert Bitner will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

H. Ralph Buhrman Sr.

H. Ralph Buhrman Sr., 86, of Poplar Grove Road, Hagerstown, died Thursday, May 1, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Aug. 20, 1910, in Mt. Zion, Md., he was the son of the late Vernon A.M. and Nettie K. Toms Buhrman.

He was a farmer. He had been employed by Landis Tool Co., Waynesboro, Pa., retiring in 1965 after 23 years of service.

He was a member of Wayside Baptist Church, Leitersburg. He was a former member of Germantown Bethel Church of God, Cascade.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sadie E. Bumbaugh Buhrman; two daughters, Josephine Willard of Waynesboro and Doris L. Thrailkill of Smithsburg; one son, Howard R. "Butch" Buhrman Jr. of Hagerstown; three brothers, H. Elmer Buhrman of Waynesboro, Lloyd C. Buhrman of Sabillasville, Md., and Samuel S. Buhrman of Hagerstown; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, G. Earl Buhrman, D. William Buhrman and O. Guy Buhrman.

Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg. Pastor Odell Stone and Pastor Paul Topias will officiate. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, Cascade.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wayside Baptist Church Building Fund, 21303 Leiter St., Hagerstown, Md. 21742; or Germantown Bethel Church of God Building Fund, 16924 Raven Rock Road, Cascade, Md. 21729.

Ruby E. Hillyard

Ruby Elizabeth Hillyard, 66, of 1025 Bramley Drive, Hagerstown, died Wednesday, April 30, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Aug. 23, 1930, in Cavetown, she was the daughter of the late John and Leona Webb Gsell.

She was employed by L'Aiglon and E.J. Fennel Co., retiring after 30 years.

She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband, Richard M. Hillyard; one daughter, Leona Leasure of Chambersburg, Pa.; one son, Richard W. Hillyard of Hagerstown; two brothers, Melvin "Buddy" Gsell of Orlando, Fla., and Jack Gsell of Texas; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Thelma Smythe and Florence Schaffer.

Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Edward H. Heim will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1037 Haven Road, Hagerstown, Md. 21740; or St. John's Lutheran Church, 141 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Addie T. Harris

SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. - Addie T. Harris, 97, of Summit Point, died Wednesday, April 30, 1997, at Valley View Nursing Home, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Born Jan. 7, 1900, in Newport News, Va., she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Turner.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Doleman Harris, on Jan. 23, 1978.

She graduated from college.

She was employed for many years by the Thomson and Breckenridge families at Hawthorne Farm, Summit Point.

She was a member of Prosperity Baptist Church, Jamestown, W.Va.

She also was a member of the Jefferson County Chapter of the NAACP.

She is survived by three nieces.

Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town, W.Va. The Rev. John Green will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Martinsburg.

Friends will be received Saturday one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Harry R. Krenzer Sr.

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Harry R. Krenzer Sr., 77, of Berkeley Springs, died Wednesday, April 30, 1997, at his home.

Born Nov. 25, 1919, in Frederick, Md., he was the son of the late John and Carrie Mae Lookingbill Krenzer.

A U.S. Navy veteran, he served during World War II.

He was a member of Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post 60, Berkeley Springs.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores Whitcomb Krenzer; three daughters, Doris Baker of Fayetteville, N.C., Audrey Garland of Bakersville, N.C., and Mary Brooks of Idaville, Pa.; one son, Harry Krenzer Jr. of Clear Spring; three sisters, Mary Smith of Taneytown, Md., Ruth Martin of Union Bridge, Md., and Margaret Zepp of Florida; six brothers, Jim Glacken and Leroy Skip, both of Taneytown, Charles Glacken of Hampstead, Md., George Glacken of Westminster, Md., Paul Glacken of New Oxford, Pa., and Morris Glacken of Thurmont, Md.; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Hunter-Anderson Funeral Home, 106 S. Mercer St., Berkeley Springs. The Rev. Wayne Frum will officiate. Military honors will be conducted on Sunday following the services by the Tri-State Honor Guard. Burial will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Finksburg, Md.

Viewing will be held Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. The funeral home will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the convenience of friends.

John Sullivan

WILLIAMSPORT - John "Jack" Sullivan, 81, a resident of Williamsport Nursing Home and formerly of Denville, N.J., died Wednesday, April 30, 1997, at the nursing home.

Born July 15, 1915, in Rockaway, N.J., he was the son of the late Frank and Kate Fehling Sullivan.

His wife, Rose Zecca Sullivan, died in 1978. They were married April 12, 1942.

He was a 1933 graduate of Rockaway High School in Rockaway.

He was employed at Stapling Machine Co. in Rockaway as a machinist, retiring in 1980.

A veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Army in the 450th Division.

He was a member of Denville Volunteer Fire Co. in Denville.

He is survived by one son, Gary J. Sullivan of Greencastle, Pa.; one brother, Frank Sullivan of Denville; and one granddaughter, Mary Woscek of Sterling, Va.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Margaret Grea.

Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Norman Dean Funeral Home, 16 Righter Ave., Denville. Burial will be in Denville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Norman Dean Funeral Home today from 7 to 9 p.m.

Local arrangements are by Minnich-Miller-May Funeral Home in Greencastle.

Phil I. Harr

Phil Isaac Harr, 82, of 19717 Spring Creek Road, Hagerstown, died Wednesday, April 30, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Dec. 24, 1914, in Crystal Springs, Miss., he was the son of the late Worley and Amy Ward Harr.

His first wife, Caroline Heyser Harr, preceded him in death.

Raised in Roanoke, Va., he graduated from Jefferson High School in 1933. He was a 1937 graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with an aeronautical engineering degree.

He worked at Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown as service manager. He later was general manager of the Burlington Plant in North Carolina, and the St. Augustine, Fla., facility.

In 1959, he went to work for General Dynamics, Convair Division in San Diego, as director of reliability control for the Convair Division, which was engaged in the Atlas program. The Atlas space booster program launched the first manned space craft. He became corporate director of reliability, quality and value control and product and logistic support at the corporate offices in New York City. General Dynamics transferred their corporate office to St. Louis in 1973. He retired in 1979.

He was appointed to Washington County Board of Education by Gov. Theodore McKelden. He was on the board of directors of Hagerstown Trust Co. from 1957 to 1961. He served on the board of directors of Mason Dixon Council, Boy Scouts of America. He participated in the Pegasus Radio Control Flying Club. He was a volunteer for SCORE.

He was a member of Grace Brethren Church in Waynesboro, Pa.

The Aerospace Industries Association gave him the highest award, the Distinguished Colleague Award. He received a National Security Industrial Association award for his contribution to national defense and space programs. He was awarded a certificate of appreciation for service to the office of the secretary of defense.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Lucile Margin Blessing Harr; two sons, John Parker Harr of Rochester, N.Y., and Richard Lee Harr of Dover, Del.; one sister, Betty Welch of Richmond, Va.; five grandchildren; and 12 nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held Saturday at Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesboro, Pa. The Rev. Roger Myers will officiate.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Grace Brethren Church, Philadelphia Avenue and 4th Street, Waynesboro. The Rev. Roger Myers will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Grace Brethren Church, 250 Philadelphia Ave., Waynesboro, Pa. 17268.

Arrangements are by Snyder-Lochstampfor Funeral Home Inc., Waynesboro.

Irene H. Motz

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Irene Huff Motz, 87, of Manor Care, and formerly of 400 Clayton Ave., Waynesboro, Pa., died Wednesday, April 30, 1997, at the nursing home.

Born March 29, 1910, in Washington, Va., she was the daughter of the late Charles Henry and Mary A. Fogg Huff. She also lived in Ringgold, Md.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Ray Motz Sr., on Nov. 10, 1996. They were married Aug. 11, 1928.

She was employed in the late 1940s and early 1950s as a seamstress by Leiter Brothers Store, Waynesboro.

She was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Waynesboro. She attended Otterbein United Brethren in Christ Church, Waynesboro.

She also was a member of the National AARP.

She is survived by one sister, Virginia Coss of Hagerstown; three grandchildren, W. Christopher Motz and Katherine M. Motz, both of Waynesboro, and W. Chad Motz of Thorburn, Nova Scotia; one great-grandson; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, William Ray Motz Jr.; and two brothers, Joseph Huff and Charles "C.H." Huff.

Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro. Pastor Richard L. Thorp will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Raymond W. Parks Jr.

Raymond W. Parks Jr., 75, of 13904 Marsh Pike, Hagerstown, died Thursday, May 1, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Nov. 16, 1921, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Raymond W. and Sylvia Guether Park Sr.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Spigler Parks, in 1990.

He was a graduate of Mercersburg Academy. He was a 1943 graduate of Penn State University.

He was the owner of Hagerstown Dairy. He later became the general supervisor of Shenandoah's Pride.

A veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force, he served in China and India during World War II.

He served for 22 years on the Washington County Advisory Commission of the Board of Health.

He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Hagerstown.

He was a 38-year member of Hagerstown Kiwanis and a member of Morris Frock Post 42, American Legion.

He is survived by two sons, David W. Parks of Hagerstown and Jon T. Parks of Richmond, Va.; two grandchildren; and two nieces.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Norma Pelliciari and Sylvia James.

Services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Richard W. Simpson will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family requests the omission of flowers and suggests memorial donations be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Ralph L. Ludwig

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Ralph L. Ludwig, 71, of Hedgesville, died Friday, May 2, 1997, at City Hospital, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born Sept. 1, 1925, in Hardy County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Charles E. and Mary Wilkins Ludwig. He was the stepson of D.D. "Hun" Wilkins of Needmore, W.Va.

He was employed by the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources as a forest ranger, in charge of fire control until his retirement. He was the last forest ranger in the Eastern Panhandle.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was a member of Hedgesville Baptist Church.

In addition to his stepfather, he is survived by his wife of 41 years, Frances V. Teets Ludwig; one daughter, Janet Ott of Martinsburg; one son, M. Todd Jenkins of Huntington, W.Va.; one sister, Bernice Moyer of Bergton, Va.; and two grandchildren.

Services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg. Pastor Floyd Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Ruby E. Hillyard

Ruby Elizabeth Hillyard, 66, who died Wednesday, April 30, 1997, was preceded in death by two sisters, Thelma Smythe and Florence Shaefer.

Betty L. Scottice

GERRARDSTOWN, W.Va. - Betty Lee Scottice, 65, of Gerrardstown, died Wednesday, April 30, 1997, at her home.

Born June 27, 1931, in Cincinnati, she was the daughter of the late Markie and Esther Schueler Day.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Inwood, W.Va.

She is survived by three daughters, Karen Hines of Cincinnati, Gail Terris of Shepherdstown, W.Va. and Jeanette Barber of Damascus, Md.; three brothers, Lynn Day and Edward Day, both of Cincinnati and Ronald "Bud" Day of Ripley, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son, Randy Parsons.

Services will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church. The Rev. Devin B. Ward will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.

The casket will be taken to the church one hour prior to the services on Monday.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to First Baptist Church, Inwood, W.Va., 25428.

Dorothy J.W. Milton

ARLINGTON, Va. - Dorothy Jean Watson Milton, 66, of Arlington, died Thursday, May 1, 1997, at her home.

Born June 30, 1930, in Middleway, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Lester L. and Roberta Childs Watson.

She was employed as an accountant by Barber's Exxon, Alexandria.

She was of the Protestant faith.

She was a member of AARP. She was a volunteer for the Arlington Senior Citizens.

She is survived by one son, Jeffry E. Milton of Dumfries, Va.; three sisters, Josephine W. Wilson of Bunker Hill, W.Va., Mary E. Deeds and Ruth Dodson, both of Middleway; two brothers, Lester L. Watson Jr. of Charles Town, W.Va., and Ray Watson of Bunker Hill; one cousin; two grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home, Ranson, W.Va. Pastor Lester Dillow will officiate. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery, Middleway.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family suggest memorial donations be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 4563, Charleston, W.Va. 25634-4563.

Paul W. Painter Jr.

BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - Paul Wayne Painter Jr., 42, of Route 1, died Thursday, May 1, 1997, at City Hospital, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Morn March 16, 1955, in Martinsburg, he was the son of Paul Wayne and Barbara Higgs Painter Sr. of Halltown, W.Va.

He was employed as a team leader at Southeastern Container, Winchester, Va. He also had worked at Dixie-Narco Co., Ranson, W.Va.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Debbie Rutherford Painter; three daughters, Barbara Runion of Gerrardstown, W.Va., and Cristy Painter and Angela Painter, both at home; one son, John Paul Painter of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; two sisters, Sharon Brown and Vickie Ainsworth, both of Charles Town, W.Va.; one brother, Kenneth Painter of Gore, Va.; and two grandchildren.

Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Eackles-Spencer Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Pastor Tim Butler will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Lutheran Cemetery, Bolivar, W.Va.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Lucille I. Shaw

WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - Lucille Iva Shaw, 96, of Warfordsburg, died Thursday, May 1, 1997, at Quincy United Methodist Nursing Home in Quincy, Pa.

Born Feb. 9, 1901, in Fulton County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Jerry A. and Ella Nora Truxell Bair.

Her husband, Harry W. Shaw, died in 1947.

She retired from Southern Fulton School Cafeteria in Warfordsburg, and previously worked at Park-N-Dine and National Lunch restaurants in Hancock.

She attended the United Methodist Church in Warfordsburg.

She was a charter and life member of Hancock Lioness Club, Hancock.

She is survived by four daughters, B. Evelyn Heiser of York, Pa., Laura E. Creek of Hancock, and Bonnie J. Ward and Helen L. Layton, both of Warfordsburg; one son, Gerald W. Shaw of Hancock; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Thelma E. Bair; one brother, Walter A. Bair; and one grandson.

Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Rehoboth United Methodist Church, Tollgate Ridge. The Rev. Frank Kocek will officiate. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Grove Funeral Home in Hancock, today from 7 to 9 p.m., and one hour prior to the service at the church. For the convenience of friends the funeral home will be open today from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Benevolence Fund of Quincy United Methodist Home, 6596 Orphanage Road, Quincy, Pa. 17247; or to Hancock Fire Company Inc., 3 Fulton St., Hancock, Md. 21750.

John W. Hepfer

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - John William Hepfer, 73, of Punta Gorda, died April 25, 1997, at Charlotte Regional Medical Center, Punta Gorda.

Born Feb. 9, 1924, in Waynesboro, Pa., he was the son of the late John W. and Alice Holtzman Hepfer.

He received a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics and physics from Bridgewater College, Va., in 1950, and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in 1953. He received a master of arts degree in quantitative analysis from the University of Maryland in 1966. He was a graduate of Harvard Business School's Program for Management Development.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on July 30, 1942. He flew 44 combat missions in the Southwest Pacific as an aircraft navigator. He served in 1950 during the Korean War as a general. He was promoted to major general on July 1, 1977.

He was the 1977 recipient of the Air Force Association's General Bernard A. Schriever Award in recognition of his engineering and managerial contributions to national defense. His military decorations include the Department of Defense Distinguished S/M and the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster; the Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters and the Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster. He was a master navigator.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Punta Gorda.

He also was a member of the Retired Officers Association; Isles Yacht Club; St. Andrew's Golf Club, all of Punta Gorda; and the U.S. Air Force Association, BPO Elks Lodge 731, Waynesboro. He was a 50-year member of the Joe Stickell American Legion Post 15, Waynesboro.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Miller Hepfer; two sons, John W. Hepfer III of St. Louis and Maj. Stephen J. Hepfer of Arlington, Texas; one sister, Arlene Ankerbrand of Waynesboro; and two grandchildren.

Services were held on April 29 at Roberson Funeral Home, Punta Gorda. Burial and full military honors were conducted by the MacDill Air Force Base in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.

H. Ralph Buhrman Sr.

Services for H. Ralph Buhrman Sr., 86, who died Thursday, May 1, 1997, will be officiated by Pastor Odell Stone and Pastor Paul Tobias.

Dennis W. Henson

SAN FRANCISCO - Dennis Wayne Henson, 46, of San Francisco, died Thursday, May 1, 1997, at his home.

Born in Hagerstown, he was the son of James L. Henson Sr. and Zelma M. Lushbaugh, both of Hagerstown. He was the stepson of Claudette Henson and Harrison "Tiny" Lushbaugh.

He was a graduate of South Hagerstown High School.

He was employed by Bell-Atlantic in Washington, D.C., and Northern California.

In addition to his parents and stepparents, he is survived by one sister, Patty J. Henson Powley of Rockville, Md.; three brothers, James L. Henson Jr. and Jeff Henson, both of Hagerstown, and Terry L. Henson of Boone, N.C.; one stepsister, Vicki Lushbaugh Higgins of Falling Waters, W.Va.; one stepbrother, Jerry Lushbaugh of Hagerstown; maternal grandmother, Daisy Z. Jacobs; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held in California at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements are by Tom Neptune Society of Northern California.

C. Richard Ahalt

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - C. Richard "Dick" Ahalt, 74, of 7514 Picnic Woods Road, died Friday, May 2, 1997, at his home.

Born Dec. 9, 1922, in Middletown, he was the son of the late M. Foster and Sara Virginia Shank Ahalt.

He was a lifelong farmer.

He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Middletown.

He also was a member of the Republican Senatorial Inner Circle.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Coblentz Ahalt; two daughters, Marsha Bowers of Walkersville, Md., and Melinda Davis of Manchester, Mo.; two sons, Mark Ahalt and Michael D. "Chip" Ahalt, both of Middletown; two sisters, Martha Coblentz and Frances Ahalt, both of Middletown; three brothers, Maurice Ahalt of Middletown, Louis Ahalt of Leesburg, Va., and Edwin Ahalt of Pearisburg, Va.; six grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Malcolm "Mac" Ahalt on Feb. 12, 1993; one sister, Mary L. Ahalt and three brothers, Leroy Ahalt, Bruce Ahalt and George M. Ahalt.

Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church. The Rev. Donald L. Turley will officiate. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery, Middletown.

Friends may call Sunday at Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, 31 E. Main St., Middletown. The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the building fund for Zion Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 306, Middletown, Md. 21769.

James S. Steck

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - James Sperow Steck, 86, of Manor Care, Chambersburg, and formerly of 4111 Ricklyn Drive, Chambersburg, died Friday, May 2, 1997, at the nursing home.

Born Feb. 21, 1911, in Welsh Run, Pa., he was the son of the late Luther Philip Roman and Mary Bess Sperow Steck. He also lived in Martinsburg, W.Va.

He was a 1929 graduate of Martinsburg High School. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Fairmont State College, Fairmont, W.Va. He received his master's degree in English from the University of Virginia. He received his doctorate of education in English from Penn State University.

He was employed by the Saturday Evening Post and the U.S. Census Bureau in Washington, D.C. He taught at Hagerstown High School for two years. He was head of the English Department at Union College, Barbourville, Ky. He was an English professor at Shippensburg State Teachers College until his retirement in 1976.

A U.S. Army veteran, he served for four years during World War II in the South Pacific Theater.

He was a member of First Lutheran Church, Chambersburg, where he sang in the church choir.

He also was a member of Hagerstown Lodge 217 Free and Accepted Masons, where he received his 50-year pin; Tall Cedars of Lebanon Valley Forest 145; and Shippensburg Lions Club. He was an adviser for the Sigma Pi Fraternity, Shippensburg College, for 17 years.

He is survived by his wife, whom he married April 20, 1946, Rachel Shuck Steck; one daughter, Sarah Steck Bernot of Mount Joy, Pa.; one son, Philip R. Steck of Jackson, Wyo.; one brother, Philip C. Steck of Martinsburg; three grandsons; and nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 10, at 2 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 43 W. Washington St., Chambersburg. The Rev. Karen Minnich-Sadler will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

There will be no public viewing.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association, 225 E. King St., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

Arrangements are by Minnich-Miller-May Funeral Home, Greencastle, Pa.

Mary E. Roney

WILLIAMSPORT - Mary Elizabeth Roney, 94, of 16505 Virginia Ave., died Friday, May 2, 1997, at Homewood Retirement Center.

Born Jan. 3, 1903, in Clear Spring, she was the daughter of the late Daniel S. and Annie M. Spickler Seibert.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Howard Roney, in 1954.

She attended Hood College.

She was part owner of Roney Stationary and Office Supplies.

She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church and St. John's Guild.

She was a member of the Alumnae, Clear Spring High School; Conococheague NSDAR; Washington County Museum; Clear Spring Historical Society; the Women's Club and the Crossroad Garden Club. She was a life member of Washington County Hospital Auxiliary and a former member of the Washington County Historical Society.

She is survived by one daughter, G. Harriett Downey of Williamsport; two granddaughters, Suzanne Downey Rutledge of Charlotte, N.C., and Martha Downey Fritz of Richmond, Va.; one grandson, Norman Downey of Richmond; seven great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church. The Rev. Victor Ruck will officiate. Burial will be in Little Rose Hill Cemetery, Clear Spring.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church Endowment Fund, 101 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740; or the charity of one's choice.

Howard L. Monninger

WILLIAMSPORT - Howard Layman Monninger, 81, of Milestone Garden Apartments, Williamsport, died Thursday, May 1, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Feb. 7, 1916, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late George and Josephine Sprecher Monninger.

He was employed by Fairchild, retiring in 1978 after 34 years of service.

He was a member of the Hagerstown Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

He also was a member of Antietam Fire Co. and AARP 623.

He is survived by his wife, whom he married in 1977, Nancy Cullen Monninger; one stepdaughter, Noreen Wright of Brooksville, Fla.; one stepson, Norwood Cullen of Fletcher, N.C.; two sisters, Mary Wetzel of Hagerstown and Ivaline Cline of Williamsport; two brothers, Louis Monninger and Robert Monninger, both of Hagerstown; four stepgrandsons and two stepgreat-granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Myrtle Clopper; and two brothers, Frank Monninger and William Monninger.

Services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. Pastor Jeffery Taylor will officiate. Burial will be in rose Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Olivia J. Mixell

FORT LITTLETON, Pa. - Olivia Joy Mixell, infant daughter of John and Penny Wheeler Mixell, of HCR 75, died Thursday, May 1, 1997, at Fulton County Medical Center, McConnellsburg, Pa.

She was born Feb. 21, 1997, in McConnellsburg.

She was a member of Fort Littleton Bible Church.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by two sisters, Heather Runk and Brandi Mixell, both at home; maternal grandparents, Gary and Darlene Wheeler of Warfordsburg, Pa.; paternal grandfather, Earl Mixell of Fort Littleton; maternal great-grandmother, Mary Truax of Warfordsburg; and paternal great-grandfather, Joseph Pitcox of Fort Littleton.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Joy Mixell and her paternal great-grandmother, Laura Pitcox.

Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at M.R. Brown Funeral Home, Hustontown, Pa. The Rev. Deborah Strait and the Rev. Doug Poffenberger will officiate. Burial will be in Sherman's Valley Cemetery, Hopewell, Pa.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the funeral home on Sunday.

Margaret L. Pepper

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Margaret L. Pepper, 88, of the Shook Home, Chambersburg, and formerly of Twining Village, Holland, Pa., died Thursday, May 1, 1997, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born Oct. 3, 1908, in Bloomington, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Alva and Pearl Stockwell Owens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Foster L. Pepper, on Aug. 15, 1989.

She was a homemaker.

She is survived by one daughter, Barbara L. Urban of Lucas, Texas; one son, Kenneth O. Pepper of Fayetteville, Pa.; one sister, Maude Loos of Tonawanda, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son; one granddaughter; one sister; and one brother.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 10, at James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, 2200 Trenton Road, Levittown, Pa. Burial will be private.

There will be no viewing.

The family requests the omission of flowers and suggests flowers be sent to the Shook Home, 55 S. Second St., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

Robert H. McCleaf Sr.

Robert Hartzel McCleaf Sr., 82, of 300 Cornell Ave., Hagerstown, died Friday, May 2, 1997, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Oct. 26, 1914, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Charles Hartzel and Mary Adella Carbaugh McCleaf.

He was employed by Fellows, Reed & Webber. He also worked for Texaco for 35 years.

A U.S. Army veteran, he served during World War II.

He was a member of First Christian Church, where he was a Deacon, an usher and superintendent of Sunday school.

He was a member of BPO Elks 378 for 53 years and the American Legion, Morris Frock Post 42. He was chairman of the board for Boy Scouts Troop 66.

He is survived by his wife, Mabel L. Palmer McCleaf; two daughters, Doris L. Wisler of Boonsboro and Joyce E. Kephart of Chesapeake, Va.; two sons, Steven L. McCleaf of Hagerstown and Robert H. McCleaf Jr. of Boonsboro; one sister, June Dann of Bellefonte, Pa.; one brother, Harold C. McCleaf of Hagerstown; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, E. Louise Nuckels and Doris E. Showe; and two brothers, Ralph McCleaf and Grayson McCleaf.

Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown. The Rev. Fred M. Harris and the Rev. Robert L. Reggenold will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. BPO Elks Lodge 378 will conduct a memorial service on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the John Marsh Cancer Center, Suite 129, 11110 Medical Campus Road, Hagerstown, Md. 21740.


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