Louis M. Barlup, Jr., 86

OCT. 4, 1926-JULY 27, 2013

July 29, 2013
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Louis M. “Mac” Barlup Jr., 86, of Waynesboro, Pa., passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Meritus Hospital near Hagerstown, Md.

Born Oct. 4, 1926, at his home, Spring Brook Dairy Farm, in Washington Township, he was the son of the late Louis M. and Margaret Belle (Currens) Barlup. 

He and his wife of 64 years, Jacqueline (Hovis) Barlup, were married on Aug. 27, 1949. They moved to their present residence in 1963.

He was active in both educational administration and borough government, serving  as principal of the Waynesboro High School for 26 years and mayor of Waynesboro for 17 years.

Barlup attended the former Zullinger and Wayne Heights Elementary schools and graduated from Washington Township High School in 1946 while serving in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from Hagerstown Junior College with an associate degree and from Shippensburg State Teachers College with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education. In 1954 he received a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Western Maryland College (McDaniel) in Westminster, Md., where he also earned a secondary principal’s certificate, a supervising principal’s certificate and a letter of eligibility for a superintendency.


Barlup’s teaching career began in 1951 as a fourth-grade teacher of 42 students in the former Wayne Heights Elementary School. In 1953 he was made teacher-principal of the newly-established Washington Township Junior High School and, following jointure with Waynesboro, was appointed principal of East Junior High School in the former Waynesboro High School building. His educational career continued with his appointment to principal of the Waynesboro Area Senior High School, where he served for 26 years from 1964 to 1990. 

During his administrative career, Barlup served as president of the Waynesboro Area Teachers Association, the Franklin County Schoolmen’s Association and the Tri-State Athletic League, and was an evaluation team leader for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. For five summers he served as host-counselor for students studying abroad in European comparative cultures programs.

He held life memberships in both the National Education Association and the Pennsylvania State Education Association, in addition to other professional educational organizations.

Barlup served as a borough councilman and as Waynesboro’s mayor from 1989 to 2005. He was a member of the executive board of the Association of Mayors of the Boroughs of Pennsylvania and served as its president from 2001 to 2003. He was also president of the Central Tri-County Boroughs Association.

In 2005 he received an award as Pennsylvania Mayor of the Year.

During World War II, Barlup enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the North Atlantic. He was a life member of the American Legion, Joe Stickell Post, and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, William Max McLaughlin Post.

He also belonged to The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the U.S. Naval Training Center Bainbridge Association. He was awarded the Legion of Honor Award from the Chapel of Four Chaplains.

Following retirement, he founded and organized U.S. Navy veterans of Franklin and Adams Counties who meet regularly to share memories and common experiences of serving in the Navy during World War II.

He was a 51-year member and a past president of the Rotary Club of Waynesboro and served as chairman of the history and scholarship committees. He was recognized as a Thompson Fellow of the club and a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.

Barlup was a lifelong member of Trinity United Church of Christ, having served on the consistory as both a deacon and an elder. He was a member of the Waynesboro Country Club, the Waynesboro Fire Department and the Acacia Masonic Lodge of Waynesboro.

He served on the board of directors of the Quincy United Methodist Home, the Hagerstown Community College Foundation, Waynesboro Community Services, Renfrew Board of Directors, the Renfrew Committee Inc. and the Franklin County Housing Authority. He was president of the Waynesboro Beneficial Fund Association and chairman of the scholarship committees of the Masonic Lodge and the American Legion.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, J. Michael Barlup of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; a daughter, Dr. Tracy A. Barlup of Hagerstown; a daughter-in-law, Deborah G. Barlup of Macungie, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Matthew, Katie, Andrew, Kristin, David, Adam and Logan, and six great-grandchildren, Olivia, Cole, Ava, Lila, Joey and Simon. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Belle Barlup Unger, and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Louis M. Barlup III; three sisters, Loretta Nichols, Myrtle Lois Keefer, Grace Hargrove; and a brother, Barry R. Barlup.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Church of Christ, 30 W. North St., Waynesboro, on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at 1 p.m.

The family will receive friends at the church from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The Rotary Foundation, c/o The Rotary Club of Waynesboro, Attn: Mr. C. Gary Barton, 11829 Orchard Lane, Waynesboro, PA 17268, or The Waynesboro Beneficial Fund Association, 5 Roadside, Ave., Waynesboro, PA 17268.

Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro, is handling the arrangements. 

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