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Arthur L. Hirt, 80

APRIL 7, 1931-JAN. 1, 2012

January 02, 2012
  • Arthur L. Hirt
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Mr. Arthur Lee “Art” Hirt, 80, of 120 Coquina Sands Drive, Waynesboro, Pa., died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown. His passing was the result of a lengthy illness.

Born April 7, 1931, in Watertown, S.D., he was the son of the late Julius A. and Jessica A. (Boyle) Hirt. He spent his early life in Watertown, Minneapolis, Minn., and Scranton, Pa.

Mr. Hirt graduated with the 1952 Class of Valley Forge Military Academy and Jr. College, and in 1954 graduated from Gettysburg College with a Bachelor of Arts.

He and his wife, Eleanor M. (Gowe) Hirt, were married Feb. 10, 1951, in Scranton. They lived in Waynesboro since 1963.

Mr. Hirt served in the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps.

He was the owner and operator of catalog stores for Sears-Roebuck Co., Baltimore, Md., and Montgomery Ward, Waynesboro, from 1965 to 1985. He was then employed by the Public Opinion newspaper, Chambersburg, in the advertising department from 1986 to 1993.

Mr. Hirt was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Waynesboro, where he served as a member, president and vice president of Methodist Men.

He was also a member of Exchange Club, Westminster, Md.; Waynesboro Community Concert Association; Thurmont Dance Club; Gettysburg Cotillion; Joe Stickell American Legion Post 15, Waynesboro; Eagles Club Inc., Waynesboro; BPO Elks Lodge 731, Waynesboro; Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 842, Chambersburg; was a charter member of Pen Mar Dance Club; and volunteered for Hospice of Franklin County.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Jeffrey A. Hirt and his wife, Barbara, of Houston, Texas; three daughters, Suellyn L. Crossley and her husband, Gary, of Orlando, Fla., Cynthia L. Wiseman and her husband, Faron, of Canton, Ga., and Barbara A. Scott and her husband, Tom, of Walkersville, Md.; seven grandchildren, Justin Wiens, Jamie Stup, Jenni Hirt, Tyler Crossley, Allison Scott, Evalina Wiseman and Ian Wiseman; a great-granddaughter, Eva Wiens; and a sister-in-law, Martha Hirt of Townsend, Del.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Lewis S. Hirt.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at Christ United Methodist Church, 100 S. Church St., Waynesboro, with Pastor David Deatrich officiating. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer memorial contributions be made in his name to Christ United Methodist Church, 100 S. Church St., Waynesboro, PA 17268; or to Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library, 45 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA 17268.

Online condolences may be made at www.bowersoxfuneralhomes.com.

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