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Obituaries for 6/14

June 14, 2004

Gerald L. Shank, 87

MARCH 19, 1917-JUNE 13, 2004

WILLIAMSPORT - Gerald Lancelot Shank, age 87, of 16432 Virginia Ave., Williamsport, Md., died Sunday, June 13, 2004, at Washington County Hospital.

Born March 19, 1917, in Big Pool, Md., he was the son of the late Lancelotte G. Shank and Annie L. Walburn Shank.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosa Mae Shank, in 2002.

He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Army.

He was a 1934 graduate of Clear Spring High School.

He was employed as a bus driver for Potomac Edison, Blue Ridge Bus Lines and retired in 1977 from Greyhound Lines after 30 years.

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He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Fairport, N.Y., and Williamsport American Legion Post 222.

He is survived by his former wife, Ruth Shank of Hagerstown, Md.; two daughters, Betty E. Shank of Hagerstown, Patricia "Patsy" Gerhart and husband, Jack Gerhart, of Shippensburg, Pa.; one son, Gary L. Shank of Williamsport; three granddaughters, Susan Gerhart of Shippensburg, Sara Nave of Hagerstown and Ruth Ann Huff of Orlando, Fla.; one grandson, David Mills of Hagerstown; and three great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Louise Mills, and one grandson, Jeffrey Gerhart.

Services will be held on Wednesday, June 16, 2004, at 11 a.m. at Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home Inc., 13607 National Pike, Clear Spring, Md. The Rev. Scott Shumaker will officiate. Burial will be in Edge Hill Cemetery in Charles Town, W.Va.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m.




Richard E. Rainey, 66

OCT. 12, 1937-JUNE 12, 2004

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Richard Eugene "Dick" Rainey, 66, of Martinsburg, died Saturday, June 12, 2004, at City Hospital.

Born Oct. 12, 1937, in Berkeley County, W.Va., he was the son of the late John Wilmer and Elizabeth Della Oliver Rainey.

He was a meat cutter by trade and was last employed with Barnhart's Supermarket.

He served in the U.S. Air Force.

He was a member of First United Brethren Church and St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Janice Louise Stanley Rainey; two daughters, Rhonda R. Bingaman and Crystal D. Rainey, both of Martinsburg; three sons, Michael R. Rainey, David L. Rainey and Dennis W. Rainey, all of Martinsburg; one sister, Mary A. McCain of Martinsburg; one brother, Wilmer L. Rainey of Martinsburg; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and six nieces and nephews.

Services will be Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg. The Rev. John Yost will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery.

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




Helen H. Ripple, 85

OCT. 5, 1918-JUNE 12, 2004

BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - Helen H. Ripple, 85, of Bunker Hill, died Saturday, June 12, 2004, at Greenwich Care Home.

Born Oct. 5, 1918, in Jefferson County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Stephen E. and Adda Robey Allen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter H. Ripple.

She retired from Smith-Nadenbousch Insurance Co.

She was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Edna P. Tims of Norfolk, Va.; two sons, Raymond Ripple of Inwood, W.Va., and Walter H. Ripple of Plano, Texas; one sister, Adda L. Leishear of Laurel, Md.; one brother, Jack C. Allen of Martinsburg, W.Va.; eight grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Ricky L. Ripple; two sisters, Vivian N. Stec and Jacqueline James; and one grandson.

Services will be Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at South Berkeley Chapel, Inwood. The Rev. Ken Fizer will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens

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

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 177, Chicago, IL 60601.




Mildred L. Karl, 94

OCT. 17, 1909-JUNE 13, 2004

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Mildred Louise Jester Karl, 94, a resident of Manorcare Health Services, and formerly of 124 Ridge Ave., Waynesboro, Pa., died Sunday, June 13, 2004, at the nursing home.

Born Oct. 17, 1909, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late George and Erna Jester.

Her husband, James W. Karl, died in 1994. They were married June 15, 1935.

She was a 1917 graduate of Allegheny High School, Pittsburgh.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of First Church of Christ, Chambersburg, and the Mother Church of Boston.

She is survived by one son, William F. Karl of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, James W. Karl; two sisters, Betty Jester and Mary Jester; and one brother, Robert Jester.

Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

There will be no public viewing.

Arrangements are by Cumberland Valley Crematorium, Waynesboro.




Russell L. Cogle Jr., 55

OCT. 25, 1948-JUNE 13, 2004

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