Richard L. Glessner, 91

June 18, 2009

APRIL 21, 1918-JUNE 17, 2009

Richard Lee Glessner, 91, formerly of 15235 Clear Spring Road in Williamsport, Md., passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at Coffman Nursing Home in Hagerstown, Md.

Born Sunday, April 21, 1918, in Maugansville, Md., he was the son of the late Snively Earl Glessner and the late Cora Belle Shank Glessner.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Cynthia Glessner, in 2008.

He was a 1938 graduate of Hagerstown High School.

He was employed by Fairchild Aircraft, where he was lead man for 35 years and flight test for five years, retiring in 1983 after 43 years of service.


He served in the U.S. Naval Air Corps during World War II and graduated from the Naval Air Technical School in Norman, Okla.

Richard was a former member of Broadfording Bible Brethren Church, where he served as usher and Sunday school teacher of the adult class for 25 years. He was a former member of the Grace Gospel Men's Chorus.

He was past vice president of the Pinesburg Ruritan Club, and was a member of the Fairchild Bowling League, Williamsport American Legion Post 202 and UAW Local 842.

He is survived by one son, Gustaf I.R. Glessner and wife, Sharon, of Hagerstown; one sister, Helen L. Ebersole of Hagerstown; one grandchild, Angela D. Hahn and husband, Todd, of Hagerstown; and two great-grandchildren, Cameron L. Hahn and Caitlyn M. Hahn, both of Hagerstown.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Janet Glessner, Paige Dinterman and Patricia Alter; and five brothers, Paul, William, Donald, Glen and Ray Glessner.

Services will be Friday, June 19, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, with the Rev. John Hoffman and Dr. Larry Rickard officiating.

The family will receive friends Thursday, June 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown.

Memorial donations may be made to the Williamsport Ambulance Co., 2 Brandy Drive, Williamsport, MD 21795.

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