Leon Aldine Spessard, 88

August 11, 2009

MAY 12, 1921-AUG. 7, 2009

HAMPTON, Va. - Leon Aldine Spessard, 88, of Hampton, Va., formerly of Hagerstown, Md., died Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, at Newport News Nursing and Rehab Center in Newport News, Va.

Born May 12, 1921, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Charles W. Spessard Sr. and Addie M. Ketzel Spessard.

His wife, Margaret "Margie" Eloise Spessard, preceded him in death on Dec. 10, 2000.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps.

He retired from Fairchild Aircraft after 40 years.

He was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church for 35 years and a member of the Golden Rule Sunday school class.


He was a member of BPO Elks; a life member of VFW Post 1936; Dixon Troxell Post 211 American Legion; Improved Order of Red Men 84; Woodmen of the World; life member of AMVETS Post 10; Fairchild Oldtimers; Hagerstown Suns Fan Club; Scottish Rite of Freemasons Cumberland 32 degree Mason; Ali Ghan AADNMS Shrine of Cumberland, Md.; Hagerstown Shrine Club; Tall Cedars of Lebanon; York Right Blue Lodge AF&AM; Ithiel Royal Arch Chapter 27; St. Bernard Commandery 9 Knights Templar; Palestine Council 16 R and SM; The Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of MD; Hagerstown Junior Fire Co. 3; and Fairchild Production Workers Union UAW.

He is survived by one son, Robert Spessard and wife, Ching-Yun Spessard, of Hampton; one brother, Lewis Spessard of Annandale, Va.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Charles W. Spessard Jr.

The service will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Dr. Stephen D. Robison will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family requests that flowers be omitted and donations be made to Otterbein United Methodist Church, 108 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Graveside military honors will be conducted by Morris Frock American Legion Post 42.

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