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Obituaries

September 18, 1998

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Friday, September 18, 1998 Edition

Charles M. Lesher

Charles Milton Lesher, 78, of 55 E. Washington St., Hagerstown, and formerly of Clear Spring, who died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998, is survived by four sons, Charles M. Lesher Jr. and Richard L. Lesher, both of Hagerstown, Paul F. Lesher of Chester, Va., and Ronald E. Lesher of Falling Waters, W.Va.

Lois E. Hoffman

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. - A memorial service for Lois Esther Snader Hoffman, 80, of Michaux Manor Nursing Home, and formerly of 120 Clayton Ave., Waynesboro, Pa., who died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1998, will be Sunday, Oct. 4, at 1:30 p.m. at Waynesboro Church of the Brethren, 117 S. Church St., Waynesboro. Pastor Brent K. Driver will officiate. A reception in the church social hall will follow. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

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E. Leon Draper

FREDERICK, Md. - E. Leon Draper, 75, of 1407 Key Parkway, died Thursday, Sept. 17, 1998, at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Born March 24, 1923, in Middletown, Md., he was the son of the late Edgar E. and Hazel Crone Draper.

He was formerly employed at Fort Detrick and retired in 1979 from the National Bureau of Standards.

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

He was a member of Grace United Church of Christ in Frederick.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nellie B. Rohrer Draper; a daughter, Joan E. Bealer of Gapland; two sons, Vaughn L. Draper of Houston and Randal M. Draper of Mount Airy, Md.; two sisters, Mary Richards and Ruth Lakin, both of Frederick; a brother, Glenn Draper of Frederick; eight grandchildren; a great-grandson; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank B. Draper and Robert L. Draper.

Services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Etchison Memorial Chapel of Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, 106 E. Church St., Frederick. The Rev. Joseph R. Foster will officiate. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Middletown.

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

Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, 407 Central Ave., Reisterstown, Md. 21136; or to Grace United Church of Christ, 25 E. Second St., Frederick, Md. 21701.

Catherine M. Fortner

Catherine M. Fortner, 88, of 11 W. Baltimore St., Hagerstown, died Thursday, Sept. 17, 1998, at Vindobona Nursing Home, Braddock Heights, Md.

Born Jan. 12, 1910, in Richard, Va., she was the daughter of the late James F. and Mary E. Milholland Morrissey.

Her husband, Stedman A. Fortner, died in 1981.

She was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, the Daughters of Catholic Charity and Catholic Daughters of America.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, with the Rev. Edward W. Manalis as celebrant. Burial will be in Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St.

Jacob R. Decker

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Jacob R. Decker, 78, of 36 N. Phillips St., died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1998, at Waynesboro Hospital.

Born Feb. 7, 1920, in Waynesboro, he was the son of the late Samuel L. and Cora Emma Talhelm Decker.

He attended Waynesboro-area schools.

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

He worked at Grove Brothers Ice Cream, which later became Penn Dairies. He later worked for H.E. Hoover, and then for Good Lumber Co. in Quincy, Pa. He owned Decker Plumbing and Heating for 20 years, until his retirement.

He was a Protestant.

He was a life member of A.T.H.&L. Co. No. 1 of Waynesboro Volunteer Fire Department, and John McLaughlin VFW Post in Waynesboro.

He is survived by his wife, Delorous Marker Decker, whom he married April 23, 1947; a son, Colby Decker of Waynesboro; two granddaughters; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by five sisters, Carrie G. Rook, Ruth Kriner, Blanche Grove, Clara Bleistein and Alice Decker; and two brothers, John C. Decker and Paul E. Decker.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. The Rev. Wilbur Sites will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro.

Arrangements are by Snyder-Lochstampfor Funeral Home, Waynesboro.

Drainie B. Watson

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - Drainie Bergen "D.B." Watson, 82, of 7383 Freestate Drive, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998, at Vindobona Nursing Home in Braddock Heights, Md.

Born Oct. 30, 1915, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Dennis B. and Melissa E. Hauser Watson.

His wife of 55 years, Mildred Viessman Watson, died in 1992.

He founded Watson's Family Restaurant in Frederick, Md., in 1968.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army.

He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Middletown.

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