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Obituaries

January 11, 2000

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David H. Bingaman

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - David Henry Bingaman, 70, of 2881 State Line Road, and formerly of Hagerstown, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at Waynesboro Hospital.

Born Jan. 7, 1930, in Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Frederick Allen and Ellen Mae Kaetzel Bingaman.

He was employed by Consolidated Freightways in Hagerstown, retiring in 1988.

He attended Otterbein Church of the Brethren in Waynesboro.

He was a member of I.O.R.M. Conococheague Tribe No. 84, Williamsport; Funkstown Rod and Gun Club, Downsville; Greencastle Sportsman Association; National Rifle Association; and Teamster Local No. 992.

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He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dorothy Louise Fitzgerald Bingaman; a daughter, Debra A. Fulmer of State Line, Pa.; two sons, David W. Bingaman of Boonsboro and Darryl E. Bingaman of Sharpsburg; two sisters, Shelva J. Kershner of Halfway and Hazel V. Kreps of Pinesburg, Md.; three brothers, Fred H. Bingaman of Pinesburg, Isaac D. Bingaman of California and Clyde V. Bingaman of Virginia; eight grandchildren; a great-grandson; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Ellen M. Bingaman and Donna J. Bingaman; a sister, Esther B. Deatrich; and a brother, Robert J. Bingaman.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St. in Williamsport. The Rev. A. Paul Harne will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Williamsport.

Friends may call Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home, which will be open after 9 a.m.

Theodore E. Gordon

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Theodore E. "Whitey" Gordon, 64, of 1945 Mountain Road, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital.

Born July 21, 1935, in Cove Gap, Pa., he was the son of the late Thomas and Evelyn Little Gordon.

He worked for Mellott's Sawmill and retired from Mellott's Manufacturing, both of Mercersburg.

He was a Protestant.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Ann Miller Gordon, whom he married Dec. 25, 1957; a daughter, Judith D. Gibson of Chambersburg; his stepmother, Dorothy Gordon of St. Thomas, Pa.; three sisters, Hilda Shew of Fort Loudon, Pa., Marie High of Chambersburg and Patricia Myers of Fort Loudon; two brothers, Melvin Gordon of St. Thomas and Ronald Gordon of Culpeper, Va.; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother.

Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, 47 N. Park Ave. in Mercersburg. The Rev. John F. Rauhut will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens in Chambersburg.

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

Margaret K. Comstock

Margaret Karr Comstock, 91, of Hagerstown, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Sept. 30, 1908, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Henry C. and Margaret Neal Karr.

She obtained a bachelor of science degree in home economics education at the University of Maryland and a master's degree in child development from Mills College.

She was a research assistant at Fels Research Institute at Yellow Springs, Ohio; taught home economics at the University of New Hampshire; and taught in nursery schools in Boston and Baltimore.

She was a member of Presbyterian Church, where she helped organize ACTS and pushed to get food stamps in the county.

She was a member of League of Women Voters in Columbus, Ga., and started a unit of League of Women Voters in Washington County. She campaigned for charter government and corrections reform, and was featured in a recruitment film about the local league. She served on Community Services Council; Extension Service Advisory Board; Community Corrections Services Committee; Citizen's Advisory Recycling Committee; Solid Waste Advisory Board; and on the Boards of Community Concerts and the Department of Social Services. She was active in American Association of University Women, whose Hagerstown branch honored her in 1980 by having a gift grant named for her. She volunteered in the first-grade classes at Old Forge and Greenbrier schools.

She was a member of Citizens for Peace, an anti-nuclear-weapons group.

She lobbied for clean water, clean air and conservation of natural resources. She served on the Potomac River Advisory Council, the planning committee for the Edgemont Reservoir watershed. She organized newspaper recycling in her retirement village.

She hiked with the Appalachian Trail Club and played with the Elizabeth-towne Recorder Consort.

She received numerous awards, including the Newton D. Baker Award from the United Way, the Mabel R. Walter Woman of the Year Award from the Zonta Club of Hagerstown and recognition in the Exchange Club's Golden Book of Deeds, among others. In 1998, she received the Tawes Award for a Clean Environment.

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