Obituaries for 7/4

July 08, 2002|By

Claude O. Merckle

Claude Owen Merckle, 82, of 108 Greenwood Circle, Hagerstown, died Wednesday, July 3, 2002, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Jan. 23, 1920, in Brunswick, Md., he was the son of the late Edward Ellis and Hattie Virginia Sole Merckle.

He was a 1938 graduate of Hagerstown High School; attended Hagerstown Junior College for four years; the University of Maryland in teacher education for two years; and the University of Oklahoma in teacher education for one year.

He was employed by Danzer Metal Works in 1938, became president of the company in 1967 and remained so until he retired in 1985.


He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Hagerstown and was an associate member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Funkstown.

He was past president of Hagerstown Junior Chamber of Commerce; past president of Southern Engineering Society; County Chairman for John F. Kennedy Industrial Survey in 1960; member and past president of Washington County Board of Education from 1961 to 1974; chairman of Washington County School Building Commission; past president of Hagerstown Junior College Board of Trustees; past president of Cumberland Valley Chapter American Ordinance Association; member of Washington County Vo-Tech Advisory Council; past president of Maryland State Advisory Council of Vocational-Technical Education; member of Maryland State Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Western Maryland Roundtable for the Future; chairman from 1983 to 1984 of the Vocational Study Commission for Washington County; past president of Hagerstown Wesel Sister City Affiliation Committee; member of Private Industry Council, SCORE, American Legion, Morris Frock Post 42; B.P.O. Elks 378 and North American Rod and Gun Club.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Wilda V. Reed Merckle; four daughters, Lois E. Smarrella of Raleigh, N.C., Mary A. Reed of Marietta, Ga., Susan J. Houck of Aberdeen, Md., and Nancy L. Merckle of Columbia, Md.; one son, James O. Merckle of Greensburg, Pa.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Revs. Darrell L. Layman and Robert C. Lehman will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Williamsport. Military honors will be conducted at the cemetery by the American Legion, Morris Frock Post 42.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Rescue Service, 110 N. Eastern Blvd., Hagerstown, MD 21740 or to a charity of one's choice.

Larry R. Dumire

ROANOKE, Va. -- Larry Richard Dumire, 52, of Roanoke, died Tuesday, June 25, 2002.

He was the son of the late Cletus William Dumire and Helen DeMarco.

He is survived by two daughters, Donell Dumire and Lara Dumire, both of Roanoke; one brother, Jack Dumire of Williamsport; two sisters, Shirley Sissler of Flintstone, Md., and Karen Cole of Texas; one half-brother, Tony DeMarco of Pennsylvania; one step-brother, Jimmy DeMarco of Kentucky; two step-sisters, Cecilia Arborgast of West Virginia and Anne DeMarco of Hagerstown; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his step-father, John DeMarco; and one son, Phillip E. Dumire.

Arrangements are by Oakey's Funeral Service and Crematory, Roanoke.

William J. Van Ryzin

WASHINGTON -- Lt. Gen. USMC William John Van Ryzin, 88, of Washington, D.C., and Shepherdstown, W.Va., died Monday, July 1, 2002, at his home in Washington.

He was preceded in death by two wives, Evelyn Grace Ingenthron and Joan E. Macdonald.

He was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1935 to 1971.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Shepherdstown.

He was a member of Shepherdstown Men's Club, Forty and Eight; was a founding member of the Historic Shepherdstown Commission with many years of restoration work of the Entler Hotel; and was principal volunteer for the Jefferson County United Way, where he received the de Tocqueville Award for being Mr. United Way.

He is survived by two sisters, Helen Venrose and Mary Jane Leuer; one brother, Arthur Van Ryzin; two sons, Peter Van Ryzin and Joseph Van Ryzin; four grandsons and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, Shepherdstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shepherdstown Historic Commission, P.O. Box 1786, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.

Mary E. Brightman

KNOXVILLE -- Mary Etta Brightman, 79, of 19431 Garretts Mill Road, died Tuesday, July 2, 2002, at her home.

Born July 17, 1922, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Ed and Mary Elizabeth Willard Turner.

She was the owner and operator of Laughing Gull in Easton, Md. She was the creator of Old World Santas.

She was active in the Talbot Iris Society and was an iris collector and grower. She was a volunteer with Samaritan House in Denton, Md.

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