January 7, 2013
Bessie V. Shilling, 88, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at her home. Born Sept. 3, 1924, near Clear Spring, Md., she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Mary (Mills) Keefer. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Chewsville. She was employed by Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown during World War II; Doubleday Bookbinding Co. in Smithsburg; Fashion Flair in Hagerstown; and Sears in Hagerstown. She was a volunteer for many years at Western Maryland Hospital in Hagerstown.
July 31, 2012
Esther S. Oyler, 94, of Homosassa, Fla., passed away on Monday, June 18, 2012. Esther was born Jan. 12, 1918, in Mercersburg, Pa. She enjoyed a varied career from parts control and aircraft construction with Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown, Md. during World War II to positions in retail management. After first moving to Florida in 1968, Esther owned and operated a ceramics business for many years. Esther moved back to Hagerstown in the late-1980s and then returned to Florida in 2005.
December 6, 2011
Constance “Connie” Dentler, 88, of Plantation, Florida, died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at her home. Born Dec. 22, 1922, in Hagerstown, Md., she was the daughter of the late Leon and Hazel Trovinger Bond. She was a 1941 graduate of Hagerstown High School. After high school, she was employed at Montgomery Ward, and during World War II, she worked at Fairchild Aircraft, later becoming a full-time parent raising her children. Connie was a member of the Democratic Club of Washington County for more than 30 years and worked for numerous years at the election polls.
November 15, 2011
Kathleen E. Muir, 92, of King Street, Hagerstown, Md., passed away Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at Golden Living Center of Hagerstown. Born April 17, 1919, in Cherry Run, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Arthur B. and Letha Belle (Rankin) Shriver. She was formerly employed by Fairchild Aircraft of Hagerstown and Washington County Hospital. She was a member of Emmanuel Chapel, Smithsburg, Md. She was an avid reader and loved the water and ocean. She is survived by daughters, Judy Morningstar and Jane Yeakle, both of Hagerstown; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
October 15, 2011
Luke Schwartz stood in the dark, hollow cavern of the twin-engine, twin-boom C-82 Packet. The 5-year-old glanced for a moment at the narrow hole leading to the cockpit overhead before he reached for the built-in rung ladder and began climbing. Situated in the pilot's seat, he craned his neck to gaze through the windows above and around him, then set to work exploring the knobs and dials of the instrument panel. Luke's parents, Richard Schwartz and Melanie Barclay of Hagerstown, stayed close behind enjoying his wonder Saturday at Wings and Wheels Expo 2011 at Hagerstown Regional Airport.
May 21, 2011
Grayson J. Michael, 89, of Wolfsville, Md., died Friday, May 20, 2011, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown. Married for 66 years, he was the husband of the late Ruth R. Michael, who preceded him in death on Feb. 7, 2010. Born July 6, 1921, in Myersville, Md., Grayson was the son of the late Charles S. and Lelah C. Palmer Michael. Grayson was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Wolfsville. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army. He farmed all of his life and retired in 1982 after 19 years with Mack Trucks in Hagerstown, and previously was employed by Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown.
May 19, 2011
Elizabeth Frances (Price) Robison, 86, of Hagerstown, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at her home. Born July 26, 1924, in Luray, Va., she was the daughter of the late Earl Edward and Regora Alice (Sours) Price. During World War II, she worked at Fairchild Aircraft. She went on to retire from Mack Trucks as a cafeteria employee in 1985. Elizabeth was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Hagerstown and the Queen Esther Chapter 3 Order of the Eastern Star in Hagerstown.
May 5, 2011
JAN. 16, 1921-MAY 5, 2011 Harold Paulsgrove Lung, 90, of Hagerstown Md., passed away Thursday, May 5, 2011, at the Village of Robinwood. Born Sunday, Jan. 16, 1921, in Chewsville, Md., he was the son of the late Clegget Lung and the late Hazel Paulsgrove Lung. His wife of 52 years, Janet W. Lung, preceded him in death in 1996. He graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1938. He was employed by Fairchild Aircraft as a tool-and-die maker. He then served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945 as an aviation machinist's mate first class.
April 20, 2011
George Frederick Stotler, 79, of Fairplay, Md., passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. Born Sept. 22, 1931, in Washington County, Md., he was the son of the late Charles Lauren and Anna Mary Rudisill Stotler. He attended Hagerstown High School and played soccer in high school. George was a self-employed farmer for 30 years until retiring in 2000. He was the owner/operator of the Double T Lounge in Hagerstown, Md., for 22 years.
March 21, 2011
Lauren S. Blickenstaff, 82, of Smithsburg, died Monday, March 21, 2011, at his home. He was born Nov. 2, 1928, in Wolfsville, and was the son of the late Samuel H. and Virgie Shuff Blickenstaff. Lauren was raised by his grandmother, Linnie Shuff. Lauren was a life member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Wolfsville. He served with the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1950. For many years, he worked as a security guard at Fairchild Aircraft, Hagerstown; was a carpenter with Morgan-Keller Builders; and retired as a security guard with Top Flight, Hagerstown.