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Lee E. Rephann Jr., 85

December 08, 2009

DEC. 25, 1923-DEC. 6, 2009

Lee E. Rephann Jr., 85, of Hagerstown, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at his home.

Born Dec. 25, 1923, in Eckhart Mines, Md., he was the son of the late Lee and Gladys (Eisel) Rephann.

He was in the first graduating class of Beall High School in Frostburg, Md.

Lee was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army. He was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge and received a Purple Heart.

He retired as an automobile insurance adjuster and most recently had worked at Mace Auto Body Shop in Smithsburg, Md.

He was a member of the Church of Christ in Hagerstown.

Lee was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He is survived by three children from a previous marriage: a daughter, Vickie Rephann of Cumberland, Md., and two sons, Ron Jeffrey and wife Linda of Frostburg, and Lee Rephann and wife Bonnie of Gerrardstown, W.Va.; his late companion's children, Mary Ann Collins of South Carolina, and Joseph Umstot of Wisconsin; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; special friends and caregivers Linda and Larry Thomas and their daughters; "special little buddy" Ryan, and "my little" Kaliyah; and his beloved pets, Princess, Punkin, Tom and Buddy.

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In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents who reared him, Joseph and Martha (Willison) Rephann; two brothers; one sister; his companion of 33 years, Dottie Umstot, and her son, Eddie Umstot.

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at Rest Haven Cemetery, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, with the Pastor Gerrard Fess and Dan Franklin officiating. Inurnment will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery, with military honors by the Hagerstown AMVETS Post 10 and the Maryland State Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Lee's name to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742 or to the Humane Society of Washington County, 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff at the VA Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., and Washington County Hospice.

Condolences may be made online at www.rsthvn.com.

Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, Hagerstown, is in charge of the arrangements.

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