College was interrupted by the World War II draft. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in World War II from June 1943 to February 1946. He served in the European Theater (England, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia).
He was employed for 30 years by the Pennsylvania Glass Sand (U.S. Silica) Corporation in the Engineering Department.
He was a member of the Union Chapel United Methodist Church, and served as a trustee and secretary of the Cemetery Fund, Church Building and the Maintenance Fund. He was honored by the church congregation for many contributions to the church in the 1990s and again in 2008.
He was a member of DeFord Lodge 88, Masonic Third degree of Berkeley Springs, a member of Martinsburg (W.Va.) Lodge of Perfection 14th degree, Wheeling Scottish Rite 32nd degree, Osiris Shrine, Martinsburg Tall Cedars of Lebanon and Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post 60.
He was a member of the West Virginia Society of Professional Engineers.
He is survived by his wife, E. Frances Dawson, Glenwood and Frances were married in June 1951; one son, Steven Glenwood Widmyer of Martinsburg; one sister, Mrs. William H. (Jessie) Hunter of Berkeley Springs; one grandson, Marc Steven Widmyer of San Diego, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.
The viewing will be Friday, June 20, 2008, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Hunter-Anderson Funeral Home in Berkeley Springs.
Funeral services will be Saturday, June 21, 2008, at 1 p.m. at the Union Chapel United Methodist Church with military graveside rites by the Tri-State Honor Guard. Pastor Glen Strickler will be officiating. Burial will be in Union Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Donations are being accepted by the Union Chapel Cemetery Fund at 10123 Valley Road, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 c/o Lonnie Letz.
Richard E. Gower Sr. 70
JAN. 12, 1938-JUNE 16, 2008
Richard Eugene "Dick" Gower Sr., 70, of 337 Ridge Avenue, Hagerstown, died Monday, June 16, 2008, at his home.
Born Jan. 12, 1938, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Harry H. and Mary M. Montgomery Gower.
He was employed with East Alco in Frederick, Md.
He served in the U.S. Army.
He was a member of the Western Enterprise Fire Company and the United Steel Workers of America No. 7786-00.
He is survived by his wife, Joan Gower; three sisters, Cora Koontz, Gloria Basore and Judy Chaney, all of Hagerstown; one son, Richard E. Gower Jr. of Hagerstown; two brothers, the Rev. Charles Gower of Martinsburg, W.Va. and the Rev. Robert Gower of Manassas, Va.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four sisters, Cleora Forsyth, Lula Miller, Betty Powichroski and Mary Lee Hall; and two brothers, Pete Cower and Larry Cower.
Services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 East Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Revs. Charles Gower and Robert Gower will officiate. Burial will be at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. before the service.
James V. Zawatski Sr., 57
MARCH 3, 1951-JUNE 14, 2008
James Victor Zawatski Sr., 57, of 41 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown, died Saturday, June 14, 2008, at his home.
Born March 3, 1951, in Newark, N.J., he was the son of the late Henry John and Rita Collier Zawatski.
He is survived by one daughter, Cari-Ann E. Zawatski of Hagerstown; three sons, James V. Zawatski Jr. and Edward A. Zawatski, both of Hagerstown and Jonathan M. Zawatski of Keedysville; one sister; and four grandchildren.
It was his wish that he be cremated.
Arrangements are by Andrew K. Coffman Funeral Home, Hagerstown.
Ruth Irene Jones Ridenour, 93
APRIL 10, 1915-JUNE 12, 2008
Ruth Irene Jones Ridenour of 200 Calvert Terrace, Hagerstown, Md., passed away on June 12, 2008 at the glorious age of 93 years old.
Born in Ringgold, Md., on April 10, 1915, "Ruthie," was the daughter of the late Harvey and Nellie Cunningham. During her life, Ruth was dedicated in marriage to Nelson Eichelberger Jones and John Kenneth Ridenour.
Ruth was a 1933 graduate of Hagerstown High School and Hagerstown Business College and worked in earlier years for W. F. Pryor Co., medical publishers.
For much of her life, Ruth was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and attended First Christian. Later in life, Ruth sought worship at the Church of the Brethren, also in Hagerstown. Additionally, she taught Sunday school and was a Girl Scout leader in Hagerstown.