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Obituaries

February 25, 2004

John J. Badum


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - John J. Badum, 75, of 11517 Grant Shook Road, Greencastle, and formerly of Hagerstown, died at 6:55 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23, 2004, at his home.

Born Nov. 2, 1928, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late William L. and Veronica McGovern Badum.

Mr. Badum served in the Merchant Marine during World War II.

He and his wife, Mrs. Joan L. Long Badum, were married Nov. 28, 1987, in Queens, N.Y.

Mr. Badum was employed as a quality control inspector at Mack Trucks Inc., for 36 1/2 years, retiring in 1987.

He was a member of St. Mark's Catholic Church, Greencastle, and was a past grand knight of Pangborn Council 1365, Knights of Columbus, Hagerstown. He was also a member of Morris Frock American Legion Post 42, Hagerstown, AMVETS Post 224, Chambersburg, Pa., Harry D. Ziegler V.F.W. Post 6319, Greencastle, and B.P.O. Elks Lodge 731, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1191 and Eagles Club Inc., all of Waynesboro, Pa.

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In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Mary B. Harper, Leesburg, Va., and Theresa M. Badum, Middletown, Md.; two grandchildren; one sister, Margaret A. "Peggy" Brostow, Bethpage, N.Y.; three nieces and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by one son, John R. Badum and one brother, Lawrence W. Badum.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, 2004, in St. Mark's Catholic Church, 395 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle, with Father Joseph L. Stahura as celebrant. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, with military graveside services conducted by Morris Frock American Legion Post 42.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m., this evening in Miller-Bowersox Funeral Home, 521 S. Washington St., Greencastle.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Good Shepherd, 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17201.




Roger F. Bowman


KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Roger F. Bowman, 92, of Kissimmee, and formerly of Greencastle, Pa., died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004, at his home.

Born Sept. 2, 1911, in Johnstown, Pa., he was the son of the late Charles Howard and Jennie Daley Bowman.

His first wife, of 58 years, Anna Marie Maus Bowman, died in 1996.

He was employed as a real estate agent in Florida.

He is survived by his wife, Edith G. Wilson Bowman; two daughters, Jean M. Gay of Montana and Shirley M. Monn of Greencastle; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Nancy B. Law; and one son, Robert W. Bowman.

Services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home in Greencastle. The Rev. Lester Kauffman will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Greencastle.

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




Merrill L. Covalt


SPRING MILLS, Pa. - The Rev. Merrill L. "Tony" Covalt, 65, of Covalt Lane, Spring Mills, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, at Mt. Nittany Medical Center in State College, Pa.

Born Feb. 10, 1939, in Big Cove Tannery, Fulton County, Pa., he was the son of the late Merrill P. and N. Christine Gordon Covalt.

His first wife, Margaret Kay Swope Covalt, died Oct. 19, 1990. They were married Sept. 10, 1958.

He was a graduate of Liberty Baptist Bible College, Lynchburg, Va.

He was a logger and a pastor.

He was pastor and founder of the Locust Grove Fellowship Bible Church, Lower Georges Valley Road, Spring Mills, which he pastored for 25 years. He was involved with gospel music for more than 50 years, which started with his parents and siblings and he kept it going with his children and grandchildren. His dearest love was for our Lord Jesus Christ. It showed in his personality and his love of his fellow man. He enjoyed hunting.

He is survived by his second wife, Jean A. Addleman Covalt, whom he married Dec. 24, 1999; one daughter, Holly K. Rowles of Spring Mills; sons, Jody L. Covalt, Michael T. Covalt, and M. Keith Covalt, all of Spring Mills, and Paul M. Covalt of Florida; stepsons, David A. Wance of Pine Croft, Pa., Stacey W. Wance of Bellefonte, Pa., Randy T. Wance of Chadds Ford, Pa., and Douglas R. Wance of West Milton, Pa.; sisters, Dolly Winegard of Connecticut, Amy Jo North of Pottersdale, Pa., and Sue Green of Spring Mills; brother, Mark of Greencastle; and 19 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three grandchildren.

Services will be Friday, Feb. 27, 2004, at 1 p.m., at Steven R. Neff Funeral Home, 120 W. Main St., Millheim, Pa. Burial will be private at Mountain Cemetery, Spring Mills.

Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Locust Grove Fellowship Bible Church, 263 Reeder Road, Spring Mills, PA 16875.




Richard L. Fitzgerald


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Richard L. "Dick" Fitzgerald, 71, of 343 E. McKinley St., died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004, at Manor Care Health Services in Chambersburg.

Born April 23, 1932, in Chambersburg, he was the son of the late Lester S. and Irene Thompson Fitzgerald.

He was a 1950 graduate of Chambersburg High School.

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