Obituaries for 10/1

October 01, 2002

William M. Huff Jr.

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - William M. Huff Jr., 83, of 3838 Coseytown Road, died Friday, Sept. 27, 2002, at his home.

Born Sept. 22, 1919, in Spotsylvania County, Va., he was the son of the late William Mason Sr. and Olive O. Ponton Huff.

He received his GED in Hagerstown, and attended North Carolina State and Hagerstown Business College.

He worked at Fairchild Aircraft Manufacturing in Hagerstown as an accounting clerk, worked in the Internal Audit Department, and worked as a senior auditor until 1971. He worked for the Washington County Board of Education as an internal auditor, retiring in 1985.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II as a fighter pilot in the European Theater with the 9th Air Force Division.


He was a member of the National AARP.

He is survived by his wife of more than 55 years, E. Ruth Bowers Huff; one son, Charles V. Huff of Fayetteville, Pa.; one grandson, Mark A. Huff of Fayetteville; one granddaughter, Anglia R. Huff of Fayetteville; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, E. Pauline Bell; and four brothers, Louring F. Huff, Walter J. Huff, Willis E. Huff and Harry C. Huff.

Services will be today at 1:30 p.m. at Miller-Bowersox Funeral Home, Greencastle. The Rev. Lester E. Kauffman will officiate. Burial will be in Leitersburg Lutheran Cemetery.

Matthew L. Simar

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - First Sgt. (E8) U.S. Army/Retired Matthew L. Simar, 86, of 9792 Welsh Run Road, and formerly of Aberdeen, Md., died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002, at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Born May 11, 1916, in Iota, La., he was the son of the late Maxime Sr. and Angele Lydia Ledoux Simar.

He began his military career in 1935 at the age of 18. He was assigned to Schofield Barracks, Pearl Harbor. From 1939 to 1945 he served with the 25th Infantry Division and during World War II he fought in the Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Later he served two tours overseas. He retired in 1961. He worked in civil service as a security specialist at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

He was a member of the 25th Infantry Division Association and Free and Accepted Masons.

He is survived by his wife, Helen D. Jenkins Simar, whom he married April 27, 1946; one daughter, Emily A. Berry of Chugiak, Alaska; two sons, Ronald P. Simar of Mercersburg, Pa., and John D. Simar of Lawrenceville, N.J.; two sisters, Rose Pizzica of Tampa, Fla., and Margaret McCarver of Littleton, Colo.; one brother, Frank N. Simar of Pearland, Texas; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.

Private memorial services will held in the Chapel of the Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Central PA Chapter, Suite 100, 800 Corporate Circle, Harrisburg, PA 17102.

Arrangements are by Lininger-Fries Funeral Home Inc., Mercersburg.

Dennis B. Hiett

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Dennis B. Hiett, 67, of Martinsburg, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002, at his home.

Born Sept. 3, 1935, in Winchester, Va., he was the son of the late Chester and Hildred Zeilor Hiett.

He was a graduate of Moorefield High School and received a master's degree from West Virginia University.

He retired as owner/operator of Hiett Church Furniture and taught school at Paw Paw and North Middle School.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Williamsport, was an elder, deacon, and bell choir member.

He was instrumental in establishing the sport of cowboy action shooting on the East Coast.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Tabler Hiett; one son, Timothy Hiett of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; one stepdaughter, Nancy Minnick of Hedgesville, W.Va.; one stepson, Thomas Clevenger of Martinsburg; three grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and one aunt.

Services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Williamsport. The Rev. Mark Sandell will officiate. Burial will be in Enon Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Largent, W.Va.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 10813 Donelson Drive, Williamsport, MD 21795; or American Heart Association, P.O. Box 4847, Annapolis, MD 21403-4807.

Richard E. Rush Sr.

WINCHESTER, Va. - Richard E. "Dick" Rush Sr., 86, of Ambrose Drive, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2002, at Winchester Medical Center.

Born Nov. 11, 1915, in Winchester, he was the son of the late Edgar and Ellen Frances Rush.

His wife of 64 years, Frances Evelyn Walter Rush, died March 31, 2002.

He was a 1933 graduate of Handley High School.

He retired from Potomac Edison (Allegheny Power), after 36 years in a variety of positions, including local manager in Berryville, Va. He owned Rush Studio, and was the photographer who took the first Patsy Cline promotional photos. His photo appears on the U.S. Postal Service stamp.

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