Richard E. Ohler, 84

February 08, 2011
  • Richard E. Ohler
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JAN. 27, 1927-FEB. 7, 2011

Richard Elwood Ohler, 84, of 1043 Spruce St., Hagerstown, Md., died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at his home.

Born Jan. 27, 1927, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Grover Melroy and Mary Sherley Ohler.

He was employed as plant supervisor with Danzer Metal Works for over 40 years and was also employed with Tri-Fab Inc.   

He was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt, fish, boat, hike and go camping. He loved to play his banjo, loved to garden and share the harvest with neighbors, and to make homemade wine from his grape harvest. He was a voracious reader and Civil War buff. He fixed just about anything and loved woodcarving. After retirement, he did part-time machinist work with Ohler Enterprises.

He was a Boy Scout leader for Troop 101 for 15 years. He received Honored Vigil Recognition in “Order of the Arrow.” He participated in Wood-badge leadership. He was a member of American Dewar Team and nationally recognized as a rifle marksman and a Maryland State Small Bore Rifle champion. He was a great athlete and played semiprofessional football.  
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Claudine; one daughter, Jean Marie Clark of Harrisonburg, Va.; two sons, James Richard Ohler of Severna Park, Md., and John Lewis Ohler and wife, Jodi, of Easton, Md.; grandchildren, Jonathan Clark and fiancee, Ruthie Mehegan, Katherine Clark Johnson and husband, Travis, Sarah Grace Ohler, Justin Taylor Ohler and Joshua James Ohler; and several nieces and nephews.   

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Romaine Stoner, Jettie Beckley and Doris Crumbacker; and one brother, Thurman Ohler.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Mike Henning will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742; or St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 1020 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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