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Obituaries for 3/28

March 28, 2003

Elden E. Hays


CASCADE - Elden E. Hays, 81, of 25324 Highfield Road, died Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital.

Born Nov. 15, 1921, in Wolfsville, Md., he was the son of the late Oscar and Lizzie Longman Hays.

He was a graduate of Middletown (Md.) High School.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He worked as a physical therapy aide first for Maryland State Hospital at Fort Ritchie in Cascade and retired in 1980 from Western Maryland Hospital Center in Hagerstown.

He was a member of Cascade American Legion Post 239, Maryland Classified Employees Association and National AARP.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine E. Weishaar Hays, whom he married July 25, 1953; two daughters, Rebecca Hays and Mary Hays, both at home; five sons, Eldon E. Hays Jr. of Glendale, Ariz., Michael L. Hays of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., John P. Hays of Hagerstown, Joseph Hays of Cascade and James Hays at home; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

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He was preceded in death by five sisters, Susan Adkisson, Frances Barkdoll, Madelyn Ambrose, Pearl Johnson and Lillian Mellott; and three brothers, Archie Hays, John Hays and Lee Hays.

Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Rita's Catholic Church, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. The Rev. Sigfrid Troche will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Fairfield, Pa.

There will be no public viewing; the family will receive friends Monday following the service at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 1037 Haven Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro, is in charge of arrangements.




Reuben E. Snyder


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Reuben Elkins "Rube" Snyder, 83, of 404 Macintosh Way, and formerly of 2353 McCleary Drive, died Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at Manor Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born July 21, 1919, in Greencastle, Pa., he was the son of the late J. Kieffer and Mildred Snyder.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Louise Detrich Snyder, in 2002.

He was a 1937 graduate of Greencastle High School and attended Gettysburg College.

Prior to retirement, he worked as a purchasing agent for Grove Manufacturing, JLG Industries and D.L. Martin.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was a member of Greencastle VFW, a former member of Greencastle American Legion, Waynesboro Elks, Chambersburg Country Club and a founder of Greencastle Little League and Greencastle PONY League.

He is survived by two sons, Jim Snyder of Chambersburg and Gary Snyder of Toledo, Ohio; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister and one brother.

Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, Chambersburg. The Rev. Robert Cook will officiate. Burial will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg, with military honors by VFW Post 1599.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home, which will open at 2 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.




Nancy L. Ridenour


SMITHSBURG - Nancy L. Ridenour, 67, of Smithsburg, died Thursday, March 27, 2003, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Nov. 4, 1935, in Pondsville, Md., she was the daughter of the late George F. and Edith M. Kuhn.

She was a 1953 graduate of Smithsburg High School.

She was employed by Dorbee Manufacturing in Hagerstown and Doubleday Co. in Smithsburg. She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Beaver Creek Christian Church Disciples of Christ.

She was a member of YMCA of Hagerstown, Woodmen of the World and German American National Congress.

She is survived by her husband, Harold E. Ridenour Sr.; one daughter, Janet L. Hull of Hagerstown; one son, Harold E. Ridenour Jr. of Smithsburg; four sisters, Mable I. Giles of Spotsylvania, Va., V. Louise Kauffman of Waynesboro, Pa., Dorothy M. Gochenour of Sabillasville, Md., and Judy A. Watson of Gerrardstown, W.Va.; and three grandsons.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Lena M. Myerly and Betty J. Trumpower; and two brothers, George F. Kuhn Jr. and M. Richard Kuhn.

Services will be Monday at 10 a.m. at Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg. The Rev. Mark Curran will officiate. Burial will be in Beaver Creek Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Beaver Creek Christian Church Disciples of Christ, General Fund, 9711 Beaver Creek Church Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740.




Donald L. Ott


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Donald Lester "Donnie" Ott, 56, of Charles Town, died Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Born Dec. 28, 1946, in Jefferson County, W.Va., he was the son of the late James Lester and Charlotte Dailey Ott.

He was a graduate of Charles Town High School.

He was a self-employed farmer for 26 years in Jefferson County, W.Va. He was employed by Southern States in Charles Town for 17 years.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, receiving the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam campaign and service medals.

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