Man dies from injuries sustained in wreck

July 03, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

HAGERSTOWN - Years after he sold the family farm and hit the road with his wife, Arthur Samuel Fouche continued to nurture a love of the land.

Farming was an important part of the Fouche legacy, three of his children said Sunday.

"It was in his blood. He grew up on a farm," said daughter Melanie Fouche, 52, of Hagerstown.

Arthur Samuel Fouche, who sold his Holstein cattle farm almost 30 years ago, died Saturday at Washington County Hospital at the age of 83. He was injured June 22 in an automobile accident.

Fouche was a good man who taught his children a strong work ethic and a sense of responsibility, said daughter Beverly Laple, 58, of Frederick, Md.

"He would go out of his way to do things that, a lot of times, a lot of people wouldn't do," Laple said.


One year, Fouche donated enough sweet corn to feed the residents at Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village, where he lived in a cottage for about the last four years of his life, she said.

According to Maryland State Police, Fouche failed to yield as he drove his 1993 Ford Escort onto Md. 66 from San Mar Road in Boonsboro at 12:31 p.m. June 22. A northbound 2002 Chrysler 300M driven by Kenneth Hickman, 50, of Westminster, Md., struck the Escort.

Fouche died at 5:40 p.m. Saturday, a police press release said.

Hickman sustained back injuries in the crash, according to police.

After he retired as a self-employed farmer in 1974, Fouche and his wife, Eunice, traveled frequently, said their son, Meredith Fouche, 55. He also managed a farm at Eastalco in Buckeystown, Md., his son said.

Fouche planted dogwood, walnut, maple and ornamental pear trees in the yard of the house where he and his wife lived after selling the farm, his son said.

"He had a long life, and a good life," said Meredith Fouche, who moved in with his father a couple of months ago.

The Fouches visited almost every state, including Alaska, said Laple, who traveled with her parents up and down the East Coast.

According to Laple, Fouche is survived by his son and three daughters. He had four grandsons, but one - Laple's youngest son - died last year in a motorcycle accident, she said.

Fouche visited his wife, who lives in a nursing home in Frederick, almost every other day, their daughter said.

Laple said she believes she was privileged to grow up on a farm. Her father, who liked the independence of working for himself, would not have had it any other way, she said.

"I don't think he would have ever, ever done anything else," she said.

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