Raymond R. Wollard Sr., 88

SEPT. 6, 1924-AUG. 23, 2013

August 24, 2013
  • Wollard

Raymond Russell Wollard Sr., 88, of Hagerstown passed away Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, surrounded by his loving family.

Born Sept. 6, 1924, in Thurmont, Md., he was the son of the late James Franklin Sr. and Daisy Lee (Pleasant) Wollard. He also was preceded in death by a brother, James Franklin Wollard Jr.; and his son-in-law, John Ryder.

He was a 1942 graduate of Hagerstown High School.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.

He worked for the Western Maryland, Chessie System and CSX railroads, and retired as an engineer with 43 years of service.

He was a member of Washington Square United Methodist Church in Hagerstown, Morris Frock American Legion Post 42, Hagerstown A.F.&A.M. Lodge 217, Tall Cedars of Lebanon and the Railroad Old Timers Club.

He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and visiting railroad museums and reading about railroad and train history.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Betty Ruth (Crilley) Wollard; three children, Raymond R. Wollard II and wife, Carolyn, Rayetta R. Ryder, and Michael J. Wollard and wife, Barbara, all of Hagerstown; seven grandchildren, Laura Cromwell (James), Brian Ryder (Alexandra), Kristen Leggett (John), Kelly Hessong (David), Sarah Staley (Kane), Rachel Olson (Jake) and Michael Wollard; and 15 great-grandchildren, Tosh Olson, Roxy Olson, Charlotte Staley, Delaney Cromwell, Eli Leggett, Alivia Leggett, Gabrielle Ryder, Emily Ryder, Jeremiah Ryder, Christian Ebert, Ashlyn Hinkle, Lane Hessong, Amanda Hessong, Peyton Hessong and Ashton Hessong.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, with the Rev. Jerry Lowans officiating. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded.

The family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Raymond’s name to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742; or Washington Square United Methodist Church, 538 Washington Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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