Richard Melvin Stenger, 92, of Hagerstown, Md., died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown.
Born Nov. 22, 1918, in Antrim Township, Pa., he was the son of the late Edgar Franklin and Charlotte ”Lottie” Christine (Clapsaddle) Stenger. He was the husband of 67 years to the late Beverly Margaretta (Moser) Stenger, who died Aug. 23, 2009.
Richard graduated in the Class of 1935 from Greencastle High School in Greencastle, Pa., and Columbia College in Hagerstown. He was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, having served as a B-24 pilot in the 8th Air Force in Europe during World War II.
After the war, Richard worked for and later retired from Standard Oil Co. of Ohio (Pangborn Division). He was a member of BPOE Elks Lodge 378 of Hagerstown, Lions Club of Hagerstown, Retired Officers Association, Sons of the American Revolution, Second Air Division Association, and Christ’s Reformed United Church of Christ of Hagerstown. He also was a longtime volunteer for the American Red Cross of Hagerstown,
Richard is survived by two daughters, Francine Ryan of Calistoga, Calif., and Paula Blum of Cedar Brook, N.J.; three grandchildren, Julia Blum and Gabriel Blum, both of Cedar Brook, N.J., and Abigail Burke and her husband, Daniel; great-grandson, Matthew R. Burke; and great-granddaughter, Annabelle M. Burke, all of South Egremont, Mass.
A graveside service will be Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown. The Rev. Gregg R. Meserole will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by Washington County AMVETS Post 10 and Bulldog Detachment of the Marine Corps League, both of Hagerstown.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Christ’s Reformed United Church of Christ, 140 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown, MD 21740 or American Red Cross, 1131 Conrad Court, Hagerstown, MD 21742.
Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, Bryan K. Kenworthy P.A., 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Online condolences are accepted at www.geraldminnichfuneralhome.com.