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Obituaries

October 30, 1997

Obituaries

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Friday, October 31, 1997 Edition

Harry A. Holsinger Jr.

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - Harry A. Holsinger Jr., 79, of Arbutus Park Retirement Community, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1997.

Born June 30, 1918, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Harry A. and Fonzie Brown Holsinger.

He retired from the Maryland State Police with the rank of lieutenant after 29 years of service.

He was a member of Church of the Brethren, Hagerstown.

He was executive director of Maryland State Sheriff's Association for four years and was instrumental in the formation of the Association's Boys Town.

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He is survived by his son, Charles Holsinger of Davidsville, Pa.; one grandson; and three great-grandsons.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Vivian Holsinger.

A memorial service will be Friday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Franklin Street United Methodist Church, Johnstown. The Rev. Jeffrey Miller will officiate.

There will be no viewing.

Memorial contributions may be made to Outreach Program of the Franklin Street United Methodist Church, 510 Locust St., Johnstown, Pa. 15902.

Arrangements are by John Henderson Funeral Home, Johnstown, Pa.

Henry E. Best

WEVERTON, Md. - Henry Etzel Best, 69, of Weverton, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1997, at Frederick Memorial Hospital, Frederick, Md.

Born Dec. 9, 1927, in Yarrowsburg, Md., he was the son of the late Ernest McClellan and Mary Etta Miller Best.

He was a retired employee with Amtrak in Washington, D.C. and formerly employed at Fairchild Industries, Hagerstown.

He was a member of Brownsville Church of the Brethren, Brownsville, Md.

He served in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Joan Coulter Best; one daughter, Lori S. Dagenhart of Frederick, Md.; one sister, Betty B. Gaither, of Weverton; four brothers, Linford Best of Brownsville Heights, Md., Lee Best of Weverton, Thomas Best of Mount Airy, Md. and Robert Best of Knoxville, Md.; one aunt; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Brownsville Church of the Brethren. The Rev. R. Thomas Fralin Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Brownsville Heights Cemetery.

The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Eackles-Spencer Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Memorial contributions may be made to Brownsville Church of the Brethren, 1911 Rohrersville Road, Brownsville, Md. 21715.

Harry P. Smith

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Harry P. Smith, 56, of 2889 White Church Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1997, at ManorCare Health Services, Chambersburg.

Born Feb. 12, 1941, in Chambersburg, he was the son of the late Clyde R. and Modena T. Shaffer Smith Sr.

He had worked as a furniture salesman at the former P. Nicholas Sons and the former Famous Furniture Store, both of Chambersburg. He had most recently been employed in construction with Martin Building, Hagerstown.

He was a member of King Street United Brethren Church, Chambersburg.

He was a member of Wesley Yeager Post 606 American Legion, Fort Loudon, Pa.; and AARP.

He is survived by one daughter, Jane L. Cline of Chambersburg; two sons, Gary L. Smith Sr. and Terry L. Smith, both of Chambersburg; four sisters, Dorothy Shumate of Gettysburg, Pa., Catherine Clark and Maxine Barthalow, both of Chambersburg and Gladys Carter of Baltimore, Md.; five brothers, Clyde R. Smith Jr. of Frederick, Md., Leroy Smith of Fairfield, Pa., Boyd Smith of Fayetteville, Pa., William Smith of Wichita, Kan., and Donald Smith of Topeka, Kan.; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, John Smith.

Services will be Monday at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Arnold Goodon will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Chambersburg.

Visitation will be Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 452 East King St., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

Robert L. H. Burtner

FREDERICK, Md. - Robert Lee H. Burtner, 70, of 5705 Woodlyn Road, died on Thursday, Oct. 30, 1997, at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Born May 31, 1927, in Frederick County, he was the son of the late Lloyd W. and Carrie Huffer Burtner.

He was a 1944 graduate of Frederick High School.

Prior to his retirement, he was a co-owner of Burtner Brother's Custom Farming in Frederick County.

He was a member of Evangelical Lutheran Church, Frederick.

He is survived by his wife, of 47 years, Faye Troupe Burtner; one daughter, Patricia Ann Knill of Myersville, Md.; two sons, Ronnie Lee Burtner of Hacienda Heights, Calif. and Steven J. Burtner of Jefferson, Md.; three brothers, David Burtner of Middletown, Carroll Burtner and Raymond Burtner, both of Frederick; seven grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

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