September 8, 2013
David Albert Bowers, 59, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away of natural causes Sept. 7, 2013, at his home. A graveside service conducted by Pastor Herb Busick will be Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Manor Church Cemetery, Boonsboro, Md. He will be laid to rest beside his mother, Lena Mae Gaylor, who passed in July 2011. David was a 1972 graduate of Williamsport High School and attended Hagerstown Community College. He worked at Mack Trucks in the 1970s. He is survived by his son, Christopher Hornbecker of Ashburn, Va.; sister, Pamela M. Rinehart of Hagerstown; grandson, Chase; and two granddaughters, Lane and Bree.
September 5, 2013
James William Kershner, 93, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown. Born Feb. 12, 1920, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Earl McKinley and Grace Mae Ausherman Kershner. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a life member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Funkstown. He retired from Mack Trucks after 20 years. James was a member of Mack Golden Bulldogs, Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. and Washington County AMVETS Post 10; a charter and life member of Funkstown American Legion Post 211; and a member of Elks Lodge 378, AARP, United Auto Workers 171 and Eagles Inc. of Waynesboro, Pa. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty Mae Kershner; a son, James Lee Kershner and wife, Linda, of Funkstown; a grandson, James Frederick Kershner and wife, Michele, of Funkstown; and two great-grandchildren.
August 28, 2013
Sidney E. Creager Sr., 97, a resident of The Village of Laurel Run, Fayetteville, Pa., and formerly of 153 N. Potomac St., Waynesboro, died at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in the nursing home. Born Nov. 25, 1915, in Mont Alto, Pa., he was the son of the late Preston J. and Grace Mae (Dull) Creager. He was a lifelong resident of the Waynesboro area. He graduated from Waynesboro High School with the Class of 1935. He and his wife of over 46 years, Betty Marie (McCoy)
August 26, 2013
Nelson Ashwood Dunahugh, 83, of Falling Waters, W.Va., passed away Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center. Born Sept. 25, 1929, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late Edward S. and Ada Lee Griffith Dunahugh. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard in the 29th Infantry as a tank commander for 14 years. He was a member of Way of the Cross Baptist Church. Nelson was employed by Mack Trucks, retiring in 1989. He is survived by two sons, Nelson Edward Dunahugh and Shane M. Dunahugh, both of Clear Spring, Md.; and one brother, Paul Gordon Dunahugh of Falling Waters.
August 25, 2013
An interesting scene plays out fairly frequently at Discovery Station in downtown Hagerstown. Parents bring their children to see the exhibits, then sneak back on their own to take in the show in more detail. Discovery Station is one of the inner city's success stories. Established in 2005, the interactive museum attracts 12,000 people a year, many of whom are from other states. It has become a crucible for local lore, with donations coming from area sources who aren't sure what to do with, for example, an antique M.P. Moller pipe organ.
August 2, 2013
Nancy I. Rahochik, 84, of Spring Hill, Fla., died Saturday, July 27, 2013, while under hospice care. Born Dec. 17, 1928, in Newark, N.J., Nancy was the daughter of Frank and Irene Cilento. She was always active and athletic, and loved to swim, roller skate and dance. On her 19th birthday, she met Andy Rahochik at a dance, and they were married four years later. They lived in New Jersey, but when Mack Trucks moved them to Hagerstown, Md., they chose a large old country house in Smithsburg to raise their family.
July 18, 2013
A 63-year-old Fortuna, Calif., man was flown to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore Wednesday afternoon after his car collided with a Mack truck on southbound Interstate 81 near Williamsport, according to Maryland State Police. The 3:25 p.m. crash tied up traffic in the area for hours during rush hour for the helicopter to land and to allow police to investigate the accident. For unknown reasons, Ronald Plotnick lost control of his 2013 Hyundai and struck a guardrail in the median, police said in a news release.
July 12, 2013
Joseph "Joe" Robert Rohr, 90, of Boonsboro, Md., passed from this life on Friday, July 12, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, Md. Born April 30, 1923, in Boonsboro, he was the son of the late Charles Gary and Viola Belle (McFarland) Rohr. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Grace (Bowers) Rohr, whom he married on Jan. 1, 1948. Joe graduated from Williamsport High School in 1942. He was a sergeant during World War II, serving in the U.S. Army with the 189th Labor Supervision Center in the European Theater of Operations.
July 4, 2013
There will be a meeting of the Mack Trucks Golden Bulldogs Monday, July 8, at 10 a.m. at Local 171 Meeting Hall on Maugans Avenue. Guest speaker Roger Keller will talk about the various events going on in Washington County. Twenty-four members of the Golden Bulldogs visited the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center on June 26. The group toured the three museum buildings, as well as the buildings in the village area. The members were surprised to see the latest addition to the Transportation Museum - a 1925 Mack AB truck.
June 13, 2013
William Rhodes (Bill) Iseminger, 76, of Funkstown, Md., died on Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. Born Nov. 11, 1936, in Funkstown, he was the son of the late William Garis and Elsie Elizabeth Rhodes Iseminger. He began working at Mack Trucks in 1968 as a heat treat foreman, and later became a metallurgist, after completing several college courses. He retired in 2000. Prior to his career at Mack Trucks, he owned Hub City Esso in Hagerstown, and Myersville Esso.