Jack W. Phleeger, 82

July 19, 2011
  • Phleeger

DEC. 30, 1928-JULY 19, 2011

Capt. Jack Willis Phleeger, 82, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, from lung cancer.

He was born Dec. 30, 1928, at the Washington County Hospital to the late Emory Willis Phleeger and Pauline (Osborne) Phleeger. Jack grew up in Funkstown, Md.

He attended Hagerstown High School, Class of 1946, until he enlisted in the Army at age 17, later earning his General Education Development certificate.

He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean conflict. Upon his return, he joined the National Guard for eight years. Following that, he was the commander of U.S. Army Reserves on Willard Street, Hagerstown, for 13 years, where he became the youngest captain in Maryland at that time. He then retired after 26 years of military service.

Jack had several jobs, working at Hopkins Gruber in his youth, then working 17 years at Western Maryland Railroad as brakemen, machinist and in accounts receivable before becoming employed as manager of Long Meadow Bowling Center for 37 years. He also worked a short time at Pangborn Corp. and as a foreman at Mack Trucks.

He belonged for over 50 years to the Funkstown American Legion Post 211 and is a lifetime member of the North American Rod and Gun Club. He was also a member of the B.P.O. Elks Club 378, associate member of the Antietam Fire Co. 2 and the 29th Division Association Inc., Lantern Post 729.

He is preceded in death by his only sister, Janice Lushbaugh and her husband, Leonard (Pat) Lushbaugh.

He is survived by his wife, Judith C. (Smith) Phleeger; daughter, Debra Kay Phleeger, Gaithersburg, Md.; son, Jack Wesley Phleeger, Henderson, Nev., granddaughter, Ashley Phleeger, Gaithersburg; a niece, Patti Simbulan, Burke, Va., and a nephew, Curtis Lushbaugh, Frederick, Md. Jack is also survived by his first wife, Clara Goyt of the Julia Manor Nursing Home, Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends on Friday, July 22, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown. Services will follow immediately with interment at Rest Haven Cemetery on Pennsylvania Avenue, Hagerstown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John R. Marsh Cancer Center, 11110 Medical Campus Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740 or Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

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