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OBITUARIES
October 12, 2011
Robert Rufus Wren, most recently of Stuarts Draft, Va., beloved husband and father, passed peacefully from this life Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011. He was a veteran of the Korean War, and retired from the U.S. Army in 1968. After leaving active-duty military, he worked as a clothing quality-control engineer in both the civilian community and the Department of Defense. He is survived by three children, Rhonda Wren Pruitt of Prince George, Va., Janet A. Wren of Charlottesville, Va., and Robert C. Wren of Hagerstown, Md.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
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NEWS
February 18, 2009
MARCH 1924-FEB. 16, 2009 MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Calvert Lewis Estill, of Martinsburg, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at City Hospital. Born in March 1924, in Memphis, Tenn., he was the son of Calvert Lewis Estill Sr. and Robbie Lee Bennett Estill. He attended West Virginia University and was a 1945 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. He served in the occupation of Japan and the Korean War. He was a real estate broker and a certified general appraiser, licensed in six states.
OBITUARIES
November 29, 2012
Ellis A. "Woody" Woodcock Sr., 83, of Washington Square in Hagerstown, Md., passed away Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va. Born Oct. 5, 1929, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Rufford M. and Anna (Townson) Woodcock. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army. He retired from the Washington County Board of Education. He is survived by his wife, Joan M. Grove; children, Ellis Woodcock Jr., Mary Riggin, Roy "Sonny" Kerns, Robert Grove and Heather Grove; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | November 10, 2009
FUNKSTOWN -- Funkstown veterans from the Korean War and Vietnam War whose names were left off a plaque at the town monument will have their names on a new monument. Bill Osborne, who grew up in Funkstown, has spearheaded an effort to rectify the absences of some veterans' names from the monument at Baltimore Street and Alt. U.S. 40. The Town Council voted 5-0 Monday night to allow a new monument to be installed at the town monument and for Osborne to collect money for it. Osborne said it will cost $850 and he already has $500 in pledges from the Funkstown American Legion, the legion's Last Man Standing Club and another donor.
NEWS
May 13, 2010
JULY 18, 1933-MAY 11, 2010 Mr. Paul Eugene Smith, 76, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Tuesday, May 11, 2010, of failing health. He was born to the late James and Margaret Smith, July 18, 1933, in Hagerstown. He was married to Ms. Shirley Jackson Smith in 1957, but later divorced. During his 20s, Paul worked for the Mount Wilson State Hospital system as a janitor. He then entered the Korean War to serve his country. However, in that war, he sustained injuries that would later follow him throughout his life.
NEWS
November 4, 2009
AUG. 14, 1930-NOV. 2, 2009 Robert Eugene Shoemaker, 79, of 10848 Downsville Pike, Hagerstown, Md., passed away Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at the Veterans Affairs Hospital, Martinsburg. Born Thursday, Aug. 14, 1930, in Brosius, W.Va., he was the son of the late James Chester Shoemaker and the late Mildred Virginia Michael Shoemaker. He was employed with U.S. Silica for 20 years and later retired from Wal-Mart after 13 years. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army.
NEWS
March 25, 2009
MARCH 2, 1929-MARCH 23, 2009 Charles G. King, 80, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Monday, March 23, 2009, at Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown. Born Saturday, March 2, 1929, in Bristol, Tenn., he was the son of the late Carl Farmer and the late Gertrude King Farmer. Charles graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic High school and attended Catonsville Community College. He served in the Navy during the Korean War. He was employed with Canteen in Baltimore, Md., starting in 1954.
OBITUARIES
January 5, 2011
Retired Col. Orlyn C. Oestereich, 83, of Boonsboro, Md., passed away Saturday, Jan, 1, 2011, at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, Md. Born July 21, 1927, in Corsica, S.D., he was the son of Frederick and Dirkie (Berggaker) Oestereich, and the second youngest of 11 children.   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helene, in 1987. Orlyn proudly and bravely served his country in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps for 37 1/2 years, and retired in 1984. He earned a master’s degree in hospital administration from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
NEWS
September 21, 2008
Long shot: Man finds rifle his dad used in Korea DAVISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - As gifts go, Jim Richardson's choice for his father's 79th birthday was a long shot. Virgil Richardson fondly remembered the .30-caliber M1 Garand rifle he carried during his time as a soldier during the Korean War. He even still had the weapon's serial number. Using that number, Jim Richardson went online and found the firearm at a Kentucky gun broker. "I couldn't even talk when he gave it to me," Virgil Richardson told The Flint Journal.
NEWS
December 4, 2000
Students earn news writing contest mention By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer They didn't exactly rewrite history, but a group of Washington County Technical High School students traveled back in time to dig up news that happened nearly 50 years ago. Their efforts earned them an honorable mention in a nationwide USA Today/Edgate.com News of the Century contest. Nine students in the visual communications class entered the contest as juniors last year and recently learned as seniors that they received an award.
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