2 ex-officials in Franklin die

June 05, 1997


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Two former Franklin County politicians died Tuesday, leaving a legacy of public service.

Joe W. Ausherman, 70, of 7811 Lyons Farm Road, Waynesboro, Pa., who served as a Franklin County commissioner from January 1960 to 1968 and from 1983 to 1992, died of heart failure in the emergency room of Waynesboro Hospital.

Quentin Naugle, 50, of 50 Eisenhower Drive, Chambersburg, who was a borough councilman for eight years, died of a heart attack in the emergency room at Chambersburg Hospital.

Ausherman, a Republican, served his first two terms as commissioners chairman. He was appointed to the board in 1983 to fill the unexpired term of J. Edward Beck Jr. and served as chairman again in 1987.


"He was a man of conviction who was committed to the betterment of Franklin County," said G. Warren Elliott, commissioners chairman.

A real estate professional, Ausherman became a partner in Ausherman Brothers Real Estate in 1950 with his brother, Tom. Together they opened seven offices throughout the county.

He retired in 1995.

Ausherman's son, Paul, said that for as long as he can remember his father was interested in politics.

But he'll remember his father most as someone who loved the outdoors. He was an avid hunter of whitetail deer and other game, Paul said.

Naugle, who worked for Sprint/United Telephone Co., served on council from 1983 to 1991, where he was known for his support of the borough's police, fire and ambulance units.

"He was very dedicated to being a council member," said Chambersburg Mayor Robert Morris. "He was very concerned about public safety."

Naugle's wife, Sandra, said he was familiar with many public safety issues, having grown up with several members of the police and fire departments.

"He really worked hard at trying to help people," she said.

Morris said he'll remember Naugle as being an outspoken and opinionated councilman with the community's best interests in mind.

"He always spoke up," Morris said. "He wasn't afraid to voice his opinion . . . . He was a very friendly, outgoing, pleasant fellow."

Naugle loved to hunt and fish and was an active member of the Chambersburg Rod and Gun Club and its Timberline Sporting Clays unit, Sandra said.

He was a lifelong resident of Chambersburg and a 1964 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School.

Naugle suffered a major heart attack in 1992, shortly after his stint on council.

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