Robert C. McCusker, 85

February 07, 2011
  • Robert C. McCusker
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JAN. 20, 1926-FEB. 7, 2011

HANCOCK — Robert Calvin McCusker, age 85, of Hancock, Md., died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at his home.

Born Jan. 20, 1926, in Hancock, he was the son of the late William A. McCusker and Hazel R. Munson McCusker.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 16th Armored Division, 5th Tank Group, under Gen. Patton.

He married Aura Blanche Ward on Jan. 26, 1947.

He had worked with Dillon Orchards, Blue Goose Storage, Pacific Lighting and Fairview Orchards, which then became H&H Storage, where he retired from in May 2003. He and his wife also owned and operated McCusker’s Service Station on Sideling Hill, from 1953 until 1988.

He was a life member and a past deacon of Mount Olivet Presbyterian Church, and also attended Hancock Assembly of God Church.

He was post commander of VFW Post 10502 for 23 years, where he held bingo every Monday night for 20 years. He decorated Main Street of Hancock with numerous American flags on all national holidays, as well as days designated by the VFW as “flag-flying days.”

Jan. 20, 2011, was designated as Bob McCusker Day in Hancock, in honor of the flags and other projects that he worked on.

He was a member of Webster B. Harrison American Legion Post 26, and a member and past president of the Hancock Rotary Club, as well as a Paul Harris fellow, and lifetime member of the Hancock Historical Society. Two of the many local projects he was involved in were the move of the Hancock Library out of the flood zone, and the design, fundraising effort and building of the Hancock War Memorial Monument located in the Widmeyer Park.

He was the recipient of the Community Foundation of Washington County People’s Choice Award in 2006.

In addition to his wife of 64 years, he is survived by his three daughters, Ann Mazingo and husband, Dennis, of Hagerstown, Md., Sandra Watring and husband, Elmer, of Parsons, W.Va., and Vickie Vann of Hancock; sisters Genevive Plante of Williamsport, Md., Fern Hart of Warfordsburg, Pa., Lorna Thomas of Fruitland, Md., and Harriet Yost of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; and brothers, Leroy McCusker of Cumberland, Md., and Henry McCusker of Hancock. He also is survived by one granddaughter, seven grandsons and 18 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sons William G. McCusker in 1949 and Robert C. McCusker in 2004; grandsons, Eric D. Mazingo, Vincent J. McCusker and William A. McCusker; one sister, Margaretta C. Joy; and brothers, Millard F. McCusker and Harry W. McCusker.

A service will be Thursday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m. at Mount Olivet Presbyterian Church, Exline Road, Hancock. The Rev. Philip Unger will officiate. Burial with military honors will be held by the District 3 VFW in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Grove Funeral Home, Hancock, Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. On Wednesday, the funeral home will be open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. The family will also receive friends Thursday at the church from 10 to 11 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hancock War Memorial Monument Foundation, c/o Vickie Hott, 131 E. Main St., Hancock, MD 21750; or to Mount Olivet Presbyterian Church, c/o Beverly Powell, 3035 Mann Road, Hancock, MD 21750.

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