July 08, 2008

Harold M. Flanary, 69

FEB. 10, 1939-JULY 6, 2008

Harold M. Flanary, 69, of West Washington Street, Hagerstown, Md., and formerly of Walkersville, Md., died Sunday, July 6, 2008, at the Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

Born Feb. 10, 1939, in West Virginia, he was the son of the late Marshall Madison and Iva Thomas Flanary.

He was a retired heating and sheet metal mechanic.

He was an active member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Hagerstown.

He is survived by daughters, Vickie E. Ramsburg of Missouri and Laura Jean Melody of Williamsport, Md.; grandchildren, Randall Mark Crist Jr., Crystal Leann Trythall, Ryan Thomas Drury, Candice Marie Fisher and Allen Joe Melody; great-grandchildren, Brent Russell Trythall and Riely Mark Crist; four sisters; three brothers; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother.

Services will be held Thursday, July 10, 2008, at 2 p.m. from the J.L. Davis Funeral Home in Smithsburg, Md. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Reeders Memorial Home at 141 S. Main St., Boonsboro, MD 21713 or J.L. Davis Funeral Home, 12525 Bradbury Ave., Smithsburg, MD 21783 to help with medical or funeral expenses.

Ralph E. Fahnestock Sr., 68

OCT. 29, 1939-JULY 5, 2008

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Ralph E. Fahnestock Sr., 68, of 2889 Fisher Road, died Saturday, July 5, 2008, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born Oct. 29, 1939, in Chambersburg, he was a son of the late Merle and Julia Francis Fahnestock.

He retired in 2002 from Grove Worldwide Inc., where he worked as an inspector with 35 years of service.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Hilda Brindle Fahnestock; six children, Ralph E. Jr. of New Franklin, Pa., Faith L. Tanner, Deborah J. Wright, Sherry A. Gray, Robin G. Fahnestock and Sandy I. Fahnestock, all of Chambersburg; two sisters, Margaret A. Brindle of Chambersburg and Donna J. Shrader of Shippensburg, Pa.; 17 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Richard.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg. The Rev. Gary L. Zook will officiate. Burial will follow in Cashtown Cemetery, Chambersburg.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday one hour before the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Franklin/Fulton Unit, 384 Floral Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201.

George F. Ruth, 85

FEB. 23, 1923-JULY 3, 2008

WEST OSSIPPE, N.H. - George F. Ruth, 85, of West Ossipee, N.H., died on Thursday, July 3, 2008, at Mountain View Nursing Home in New Hampshire.

Born Feb. 23, 1923, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late Dr. Grover Cleveland and Anna Ruby Brown Ruth.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Ann Reisner Ruth.

He was a graduate of West Virginia University.

He had been employed with United Aircraft as an engineer and retired from Oliver Wolcott Technical College as a guidance director.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

George had a true love of flying. In World War II, he joined the Naval Air Corps. After earning his wings, he became a fighter pilot and flew Hellcats and Wildcats in the South Pacific.

He was a former ski instructor at Mohawk in Connecticut and Stowe in Vermont.

George was a vibrant and active person in his early years. He loved to sail and ski. He and Pat traveled abroad and throughout the country to enjoy the best slopes. George was well on his way toward restoration of a 1946 PA-12 three-seater plane. After the death of Pat, he moved to Wind Sock Village, a private air park in West Ossipee, to fulfill his dream of flying his plane. Although in recent years he could not fly, his hangar became the gathering point for neighbors to socialize and swap stories. He frequently sat in his kitchen to survey the air strip and monitor his radio.

He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Assoc. Chapter 1085, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assoc. and the CT Antique Aircraft Club.

He is survived by two sisters, Lucille Karn and Virginia "Ginny" Leiter, and a brother, Allen Ruth, all of Hagerstown.

He is preceded in death by one brother, William Ruth.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E .Wilson Blvd. The Rev. Mark Sandell will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

There will be no viewing.

Online condolences may be made at

Cecile Cummings, 57

-JULY 6, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Cecile "Marie" Cummings, 57, of Martinsburg, died Sunday, July 6, 2008, at her residence.

She is survived by her companion, Jake Carper; her children, Angela Shepherd and Annette Riner, both of Martinsburg; eight sisters; three brothers; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother.

Services will be private.

Cards of sympathy may be sent to P.O. Box 1943, Martinsburg, WV 25402.

Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.

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