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Seth K. Schnebly, 81

February 14, 2009

Seth K. Schnebly, 81



MAY 27, 1927-FEB. 13, 2009

CLEAR SPRING - Seth Kriner Schnebly, 81, formerly of Fairview Road in Clear Spring, and a resident of Reeders Nursing Home, went to be with his Lord on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, surrounded by his loving family.

Born May 27, 1927, in Maryland, he was the son of the late Roy Smith Schnebly and Bertha Kriner Schnebly and the stepson of Julia Louise Schnebly.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve Grace Beckley Schnebly, in 2007.

He was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Reformed Church, where he served as deacon, elder and as president of the Consistory. He was appointed Elder Emeritus of St. Paul's in 1998. He also was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Union Sunday School Men's Bible Class.

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He was a 1945 graduate of Clear Spring High School. He was a lifelong dairy farmer, where he milked Guernseys at Crown Stone Farm all his life. He was the director of the American Guernsey Cattle Club, the president and director of the Maryland Guernsey Association and a delegate for seven years to the National Animal Breeders Association.

He served on the Guernsey Sire Committee for Maryland Artificial Breeders Cooperative and Sire Power for 25 years. He was the president of the Maryland Division of Sire Power Inc. for four years. He was inducted into the Maryland Dairy Shrine and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Maryland Guernsey Breeders.

He attended the 4-H Club Congress and served 28 years as a 4-H leader. He was a member of the Washington County and Maryland 4-H All-Stars.

Seth helped organize the Washington County Guernsey Breeders Association in 1946 and served as president several times. He was a member of the Washington County Farm Bureau Board, member of the Farmers and Home Administration and the Great Hagerstown Fair. He was a delegate to the Interstate Milk Producers (now Land of Lakes), and was a charter member of the Wacohu Grange.

He is survived by one daughter, Mary Garst and husband, James, of Frederick, Md.; two sons, John Schnebly and wife, Pamela, and William Schnebly and wife, Susan, all of Clear Spring; one sister, Dorothy Binkley of Hagerstown; one brother, Joseph Resley Schnebly of Clear Spring; nine grandchildren, Brian Schnebly, Mark Schnebly, John Clifton Schnebly, Matthew Schnebly, Jeremy Schnebly, Lindsey Garst, Lisa Garst, Heather Schnebly and Lucas Garst; five great-grandchildren, Evan Schnebly, Emma Schnebly, Caroline Schnebly, Brianna Schnebly and Peyton Schnebly; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Reformed Church, National Pike, Clear Spring. The Rev. John Toms will officiate. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home Inc., 13607 National Pike, Clear Spring. The funeral home will open at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740; or St. Paul's Reformed Church, c/o Roxanne Imes, 13901 Pontius Lane, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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