February 27, 2013
Col. James Arthur "Jim" Kesselring, 76, of Williamsport, Md., passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at his home. Born July 27, 1936, in Hagerstown, Md., to the late James Webster and Pauline Estelle Brown Kesselring. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Ellen Imogene Armstrong Kesselring. He was a graduate of North Hagerstown High School. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, the Army National Guard and retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Army in 1996. Jim was employed by Fairchild Industries, Rohr Industries, both of Hagerstown, and Garrett Container Systems in Deep Creek, Md., retiring in 2010.
December 17, 2012
Ward Leo Clark, 91, of Falling Waters, W.Va., went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at City Hospital. Born March 23, 1921, in Morgan County, he was the son of the late Ernest Willard Clark and Virgie (Michael) Clark. He was employed as a mechanic for Fairchild Industries, was a veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Army and attended the Full Gospel Church. He is survived by his four sons, Edward Leo Clark, Chambersburg, Pa., Terry K. Clark of Maryland, Timothy S. Clark of Hedgesville, W.Va., and Alan W. Clark of Martinsburg, W.Va.; five daughters, Rita E. Kitchen of Boonsboro, Iva L. Kyne of Falling Waters, Belinda Bryan of Hagerstown, Cynthia Burcker of Bunker Hill, W.Va., and Deanna Belz of Clear Spring, Md.; 25 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one brother, Ernest W. Clark Jr. of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
November 7, 2012
Margaret Katherine (Jones) Schildtknecht, 91, of Hagerstown, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 at NMS Healthcare. Born Jan. 30, 1921, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late George W. and Iva Myrtle (Black) Jones. Margaret was a former member of First Baptist Church in Hagerstown, and a former member of Antrim Assembly of God in Greencastle, Pa. She worked as a welder for 12 years at Fairchild Industries before becoming a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Freeman D. Schildtknecht, who died in 2001; a son, Richard Garrett; a daughter, Beverly J. Schildtknecht; seven brothers, Chester, Dewey, Keneith, Paul, Charles, George, and David F. Jones; and three sisters, Mary Schildtknecht, Vicky Babington, and Annie Young.
October 1, 2012
Mildred Janette "Milly" Holtzman, 90, of Mercersburg, Pa., went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at her home. Born Jan. 16, 1922, in Clear Spring, Md., she was the daughter of the late Francis Ridenour Snyder and Myrtle Trumpower Snyder. She was a 1941 graduate of Clear Spring High School. In previous years, she was employed with Fairchild Industries for 19 years, and retired from Mack Trucks in Hagerstown after 27 years. Milly was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Clear Spring and attended Clayton Memorial Church of God in Mercersburg.
June 22, 2012
The son of Daniel and Bertha Wolfinger Boward, Lawrence Mark Boward was born Sept. 6, 1923 in Reid, Md., and grew up in Hagerstown, Md. A lifetime member of First Christian Church, Mark graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1941. Mark worked for Fairchild Industries until he joined the U.S. Army Air Force. He then attended George Washington University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in foreign affairs, and met his future wife, Jean Brandt (Boward). They were married in 1949 and moved to Bethesda, Md., where he worked for Dynaelectron Corp.
May 30, 2012
Mrs. Myrtle L. Hartle, 86, of Hagerstown, died Tuesday afternoon, May 29, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown. She was the wife of the late Mr. Richard Lee Hartle, who died April 9, 2012. Born Sept. 23, 1925, in Franklin County, Pa., near State Line, she was a daughter of the late Nelson Russell and Lillian Celeste (Byers) Leckron. She was a 1943 graduate of Greencastle High School. Prior to marriage, Mrs. Hartle worked for Fairchild Industries, Hagerstown. As a homemaker in later years, she enjoyed working with flowers and sending cheer notes to shut-in friends.
April 10, 2012
Mr. Richard Lee "Dick" Hartle, 90, of Hagerstown, died late Monday afternoon, April 9, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center, Hagerstown. He was the husband of Mrs. Myrtle Louise Leckron Hartle, whom he married on July 30, 1948. Born in Aug. 7, 1921, in Middleburg, Washington County, he was the youngest of 11 children of Stanley Wade and Eleanor Elizabeth Nellie Barnhart Hartle. He was a World War II Army Air Force veteran and attended the University of Maryland under the G.I. Bill.
February 23, 2012
Mr. Donald Keith Merchant, 90, of Dallas, Ga., died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. Born in Uvilla, W.Va., Mr. Merchant was the chief of restoration for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. During a long work career, he worked at Fairchild Industries and for Airpax, where he held several patents. He was the owner of Data Merchant in Cambridge, Md., and was a computer instructor at Dorchester Community College, and owner and publisher of the Antique Aircraft Gazette special interest newspaper.
January 26, 2012
George M. “Buck” Everett Sr., 88, of Hancock, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at the home of his son, George M. Everett Jr., of Hancock. Born Aug. 20, 1923, in Hancock, he was the son of the late John and Hallie Jane Corbett Everett and the widower of Edna May Flowers Everett Divelbiss. He attended Hancock area schools. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army in New Guinea and the South Philippines. He retired from Fairchild Industries in Hagerstown and had been employed by Fleetwood Industries in Hancock.
January 23, 2012
Donald Draper Frush, 89, of Hagerstown, passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at Homewood Retirement Center in Williamsport, Md. Born Sept. 21, 1922, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Walter H. and Alma Anderson (Draper) Frush. Donald was a 1940 graduate of Hagerstown High School. Mr. Frush was employed as a tooling engineer for more than 40 years with Fairchild Industries in Hagerstown. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He was a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church in Hagerstown, and enjoyed traveling and visiting national and state parks and horticultural gardens, and listening to classical music.