William Henry Dennis, Jr. 79
William H Dennis, Jr, 79, of
Keedysville, MD passed away on April 26, 2021. He was the loving husband of Martha (Boyce) Dennis. Bill was born May 16, 1941 in Baltimore, Maryland
to William and Amelia Dennis.
The first of his family to attend college, Bill took night classes at Johns Hopkins University while he and Martha raised a family. In 1978 he earned a Doctorate of Science from Johns Hopkins University which he applied to his career as a chemist and physical scientist with various government agencies.
A modern-day Renaissance man, he pursued knowledge with a passion, had a wide variety of interests, especially science, art, history, and music. He enjoyed learning about new things every day and delighted in sharing that knowledge with others.
Music was an important part of his life and he spent a lot of time both listening to music and playing many instruments, his favorite being the piano. He also played the trombone in the New Horizons Band of Hagerstown. He composed original stories and poems and happily recited these to family and friends. He found peace in planting both vegetables and flowers in his beautiful garden, and kept extensive scientific journals detailing dates, weather conditions, items planted and yield of each plant species. He loved to pick flowers for his wife so they could have color in the house.
Everyone who met him said “He’s such a nice man”.
In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by his daughter Allison Garman and husband David; son Bill Dennis and wife Cristin; grandchildren Daniel Garman, Lorna Dennis, and Kai Dennis; brother Mark Dennis; sisters-in-law Betty Dennis, Ruth Stephens, Carole Pack, Louise Graff and Ethel Livingston; many favorite nieces, especially Barbara and Mary, nephews and several cousins. He is predeceased by grandson Andy Garman and brothers Earl and Joel Dennis.
A celebration of his life will be planned at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please support educational programming by donating to your local public radio or television station through National Public Radio (NPR) or Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
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Susan W. (West) Mowen, 76
Born March 15, 1944 in Harrisburg, PA, she was the daughter of the late Maurice and S. Ruth (Martin) West.
Mrs. Mowen was a graduate of Steel High (PA) with the Class of 1962 and later received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Shippensburg University with the Class of 1965.
She and her husband of 52 years, Kenneth W. Mowen, were married August 10, 1968 in Highspire, PA.
Mrs. Mowen was a teacher for various school districts for over 20 years.
She was a member of Quincy United Methodist Church, Quincy, PA where she served as the choir director, St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ in Highfield, MD, where she served as organist, and the Women’s Quilt Guild.
With a love for music, Mrs. Mowen enjoyed playing music and being involved with bands. She also enjoyed knitting, sewing, making various fiber crafts and camping with her family. Sue played baritone in the New Horizons Band.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two children, Beth Firme and her husband, Christopher of Blue Ridge Summit, PA and Bill Mowen and his wife, Candice of Chambersburg, PA; and two grandchildren, Nikki Ryder and Hunter Mowen.
Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, November 2, 2020 in Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 South Broad Street, Waynesboro with her daughter, the Rev. Beth Firme officiating. Burial will be private in Quincy Cemetery, Quincy, PA.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, Monday morning, in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Quincy United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 218, Quincy, PA 17247.
Hugh Allen, 88
Dorothy Marie (Sites) Wagner, 87
Dorothy Marie (Sites) Wagner, 87, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away on Sept. 17, 2019, peacefully in her sleep at Menno Haven. She was born in Chambersburg, PA on Feb. 8, 1932, the daughter of the late Garnet W. Sites and J. Marie Sites. She lived in Chambersburg, PA her entire life graduating from Chambersburg High School and continuing on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from the Susquehanna University of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. While attending Susquehanna University, she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and she met her future husband, Harry D. Wagner of Buck Run, PA. He and Dorothy were married in the King Street United Brethren Church on Saturday, August 27, 1955 by Dr. Clyde Meadows. They spent their honeymoon in Niagara Falls, Toronto and Montreal,, Canada. Employed as a vocal music teacher in Elementary Schools in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, she retired after 27 years. Over the years, she taught hundreds of students at various elementary schools in the Chambersburg School District. In addition to her lifelong passion for music, she enjoyed reading, history, and travel. Together with her husband, she was also actively involved in the Wayne Band of Waynesboro, PA and New Horizons Band for many years. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Harry. She is survived their two children, Chris A. Wagner (Claudia) of Spring, TX; Douglas L. Wagner (Greta) of Lebanon, PA; their six grandchildren, Spc. Katherine E. Wagner of the 1st Cavalry Division, Ft. Hood, TX and Jessica H. Wagner and Vanessa M. Wagner of Spring, TX, and Matthew D. Wagner of Mont Alto, PA and Alan S. Wagner and Joy M. Wagner of Lebanon, PA, and the rest of her family and friends. The family of Dorothy Wagner wishes to thank Menno Haven and their staff as well as the doctors and nurses who attended to her. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 in the chapel at Menno Haven, with the Reverend Arthur Page officiating. Burial will be at Lincoln Cemetery following the service. Online condolences may be expressed at www.sellersfuneralhome.com
Barbara Goetschius Cashion, 85
Barbara Goetschius Cashion, 85, who taught at Georgetown University, Wilson College, Gettysburg College and Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania died June 18, 2019.
Dr. Cashion received her masters degree in sociology from American University in 1971 and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1974. She was the co-author with J. Ross Eshleman of an introductory sociology textbook first published by Little, Brown and Co., and authored numerous articles for scholarly journals. She retired to Hagerstown, Maryland where she became a proficient oboe player. Before She moved to Silver Spring, Maryland in 2016, she was a charter member of the New Horizons Band in Hagerstown.
Barbara was raised in Ramsey, New Jersey. She is survived by two daughters, Janet Trant of Edinburg, TX and Elizabeth Williams of Chevy Chase, MD; a sister, Peggy O'Hagen of Hackensack, NJ; and two nieces and one nephew of New Jersey. She adored her four grandchildren: James Johnston of Parkville, MD; Jennifer Johnston of Austin, TX; Emily Williams of Brooklyn, NY; and Kelly Williams of Chevy Chase, MD.
Graveside services will be private in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park with Rev. Greg Shook officiating and conducted at the convenience of the family.
Ray Gary Delphey, Jr - 87
Mr. Ray Gary Delphey Jr., 87, of Frederick, died Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Homewood at Crumland Farms. He was the husband of the late Martha "Marty" Delphey, who preceded him in death in 2015.
Born February 10, 1932 in Washington D.C., he was the son of the late Ray Delphey Sr. and Margaret Delphey.
Ray married Marty on June 16, 1956. He served in the US AirForce for eight years. He retired from commercial banking with Riggs National Bank. He was a charter member of the New Horizons Band in Hagerstown, MD
Ray is survived by his daughter, Laura Acuna (Patrick), son, Ray Delphey III (Christina), grandchildren, Patrick Acuna Jr. (fiance Angela Laurienzo), J. Grant Acuna, Matthew Acuna, Ray Delphey IV, Stefanie Goggins (Kyle), and great-grandchildren, Addison Goggins, Dylan Goggins, Easton Delphey and Beckett Delphey.
The family will receive friends from 10AM to 11AM, on Monday, March 18, 2019 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 31 E. Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701. A memorial service will follow at 11:00AM at the church. Rev. Douglas Jones will officiate. Inurnment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 35 E. Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701 or Hospice of Frederick County, P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, MD 21702.
Online condolences may be shared at www.keeneybasford.com.
Richard Penney, 80
Richard Penney, of Greencastle PA, passed away on November 9, 2018 at the age of 80.
Richard was the son of the late O. Eugene Penney and Greta A. Penney.
Richard was a graduate of Westminster Choir College and went on to sing in the Sea Chanters chorus of the United States Navy Band and play trumpet in the Colorado National Guard 101st Army Band. He was an avid musician and enjoyed playing in many community bands throughout his life, including playing trumpet with the New Horizons Band in Hagerstown.
Richard taught music at Chicopee Comprehensive High School in Chicopee Massachusetts,and worked as a church musician at many churches across the country, from Washington D.C. to Massachusetts to Colorado to Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his son, daughter, two sisters and four grandchildren.
A celebration of Richard’s life will be held on January 19, 2019 at 11:00 at Greencastle Presbyterian Church in Greencastle, PA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter - www.cvas-pets.org.
Robert Gene Lochbaum, 81, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away, Saturday, September 1, 2018, at the Meritus Medical Center.
Born Tuesday, November 24, 1936 in Chambersburg, PA, he was the son of the late Earl Bishop Lochbaum and the late Dorothy Rose (Buhrman) Lochbaum.
graduated in 1958 from Shippensburg University with Bachelor Degree's in
science and business, he went on to receive Master's Degrees in Guidance and
Counseling and also in Administration and Supervision from the George
Bob served six and one half years in the Pennsylvania National Guard. He was employed with the Washington County Public School System for 50 1/2 years. He was a business teacher at South Hagerstown High School and then as Guidance counselor at North Hagerstown High School for 44 years, retiring in 2008. Bob was a part-time instructor at Hagerstown Community College for 35 years and also at the American Institute of Banking Instruction.
In addition to teaching and counseling students, Bob's love and hobby was playing music. He played trombone during high school, in the marching band, orchestra and the dance band. While at Shippensburg he was a member of the college band and orchestra. During college and at the beginning of his teaching career, he played with the Phil Young Dance Orchestra for six years and the Luke Bare Dixieland Band for two years. He played with the Hagerstown Municipal Band for 10 years. He also played with the Tall Cedars Band, Ali Ghan Shrine Band, Tri-State Big Band, New Horizons Senior Band, the Sunday School Orchestra and a Christmas Brass Group that played at Nursing Homes in both Hagerstown and Chambersburg for over 20 years.
Bob was a 32nd degree Mason and was a member of AF&AM Masonic Lodge 217, Scottish Rite of Cumberland, Tall Cedars, where he was Grand Tall in 1998, Ali Ghan Shrine Club in Hagerstown and Cumberland and the Hillbilly Clan. He was also a member of the Morris Frock American legion Post 42, VFW, Moose Club, B.P.O. Elks Lodge 378, North American Rod & Gun Club, South Mountain Rod & Gun Club and the Eagles, Inc. of Waynesboro.
He is survived by his wife Ann Catherine (Bair) Lochbaum; two sons, Mark R. Lochbaum & wife Susan of Hagerstown, MD and Steven E. Lochbaum & wife Michele of Wauchula, FL.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Helen Lochbaum and Frances Strickland, and brothers, Earl Lochbaum and Paul Lochbaum.
Services will be held Friday, September 7, 2018, at 11:00 am, at Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road Hagerstown, MD, with the Rev. Linda M. Alessandri officiating.
Family will receive friends at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Masonic services will be offered by Masonic Lodge 217 at 6:00 PM on Thursday
Interment will be at the Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Shriners' Hospital for Children, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA, 19101, or Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown, MD 21742 or to the charity of your choice.
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David Anson Miller, 60
David Anson Miller, 60, of
Born Wednesday, April 10, 1957 in
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Janene K. Miller; children Nicholas, Matthew, and Megan(Curtis Barthlow); grandchildren, Dylan, Abigail and Emma; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his sister, Jennie Samuels.
David always thought of others and will be remembered as a
caring, gentle soul to all whose lives he touched. David graduated from
He was also a member of the New Horizon Band and the Gad Abouts Square Dance Club. He enjoyed playing the clarinet in the band and with the choir. David loved going on vacations to the beach with his "Beyer" family and especially loved traveling with his wife and sister-in-law, Joni and her husband, Ron.
A memorial mass will be held Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at 10:00 am, at the St. Ann Catholic Church, 1525 Oak Hill Avenue Hagerstown, MD, with the Rev. Msgr. J. Bruce Jarboe officiating.
Family will receive friends at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, Tuesday, January 9, 2018, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the
Myesthenia Gravis Foundation of
Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com
Donna MacBain Johnson, 86
Rev. James E. Henneberger, 83
A graduate of Gettysburg College in 1953, with a BA in English, Master of Divinity at Lutheran Theological Seminary in 1957, and a Masters of Arts from Fuller Theological Seminary, 1969, Pasadena, CA. Rev. Henneberger followed his calling and passion, serving full time as a Lutheran Minister for over 40 years. He was the mission developer and first Pastor of Antioch Evangelical Lutheran Church, Farmington, MI. Fluent in Spanish, he served as a missionary in Argentina from 1962 – 1973; he started the Hispanic ministry at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Miami, FL. Rev. Henneberger served as a Chaplain in the Civil Air Patrol.
Surviving are his wife of 26 years, Sarah N. Henneberger, whom he married on August 12, 1989, five children, Linda Maria Serrano and husband Guillermo of Debary, FL; Susy K. Fox and companion Jason Wright of Riverton, WY; David John Henneberger of Toms River, NJ; Lynn M. Sacks of Irvine, CA; and Mike Mortimer and wife Donna of Mt. Airy, MD; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and one nephew, Chris Henneberger and wife Joy of Almont, MI. In addition, he is survived by his first wife, Janet Keagy Coringrato of Allentown, PA. In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Henneberger and a daughter in law, Eileen Henneberger.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015, at 11 AM at Solomon’s Lutheran Church, 4856 Wayne Rd., Chambersburg, PA 17202, where Rev. William B. Nienstedt will officiate. Interment will be private in Greenhill Cemetery, Waynesboro, PA. Arrangements are entrusted to the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA. Online condolences may be offered on his Book of Memories page at www.geiselfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Division of Global Missions, ELCA Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 1809, Merrifield, VA 22116-8009.
BARBARA CAROL COUCH, 78
BARBARA CAROL COUCH, 78, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at her home.
Born January 24, 1937 in Norwich, NY, she was the daughter of the late Grace and Wilbert Samson, Sr.
Barbara is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 57 years, Paul Couch.
She was a member of Evangel Baptist Church where she served as the pianist and a member of the church choir. She loved sharing her talents with the church youth.
Barbara was employed with the IRS as a Revenue Agent for 22 years. After retirement, she served as an instructor for 3 years. Barbara was a Life Master Bridge Player, and played the bass clarinet with the New Horizons and Wayne Band.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Cheryl L. Rose and husband, Randy E., of Mercersburg, PA; two sons, Bruce P. Couch and wife, Tammy, of Corinth, NY, and Mark A. Couch and wife, Marie, of Fayetteville, GA; one brother, Reeve Samson and wife, Carmela, of Durham, NC; seven grandchildren, Bradley Rose, Rebecca Hall and husband, Thomas, Paul J. Couch II and wife, Jennifer, Mathew Couch, Sarah Couch, Mark Couch, Jr., and Michelle Couch; and four great-grandchildren.Barbara's family was her pride and joy.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Nancy Samson; and one brother, Wilbert (Bill) Samson, Jr.
Services will be held 11am, Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Evangel Baptist Church, 17922 Broadfording Road, Hagerstown, MD. Rev. Ron K. Faith will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends, Monday, from 6-8pm, at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, MD.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21742.
William A. (Bill) Richardson, Jr
William A. Richardson, Sr. Passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2015 in Keedysville, Maryland
Loving father of Carl (Catherine), Karen (Timothy), John, Kathleen, Mark (Celeste),Alice and the late William A., Jr.
Beloved grandfather of Matthew and Michael Dugan, Kyra Richardson, Isabella and Harry Richardson, Madison and Courtney Boyle.
Bill was an active member of the flute section of the Hagerstown New Horizons Band.
Services and Interment are private for the family.
Donations in Bill's memory may be made to: New Horizons Band of Hagerstown, P.O.Box 58, State Line, Pennsylvania 17263
Harry D Wagner, 80
Harry Donald Wagner, 80, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away on Sept. 6, 2014 peacefully in his sleep at Menno Haven.
He was born in Minersville, PA on Sept. 16, 1933, the son of the late Harry E. Wagner and Pearl M. Wagner. As a boy, he lived in the small village of Buck Run, PA, graduating from Cass Township High School and continuing on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from the Susquehanna University of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. While attending Susquehanna University, he was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity and he met his future wife, Dorothy M. Sites of Chambersburg, PA.
He and Dorothy were married in the King Street United Brethren Church on Saturday, August 27, 1955 by Dr. Clyde Meadows. They spent their honeymoon in Niagara Falls, Toronto and Montreal, Canada and recently celebrated their 59th anniversary.
Harry was drafted into the US Army on November 19, 1955. He went through basic training at Ft. Stewart, Georgia as a member of the 101st "Screaming Eagle" Division. Upon completion of his training, he was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Harry was a member of the division band and served as the division's bugler. His military service continued in the US Army Reserve with the XXI Corps at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. Because of the Cuban Missile Crisis,
his enlistment was extended. He was honorably discharged in late 1962.
Employed as an instrumental music teacher in Elementary and Secondary Schools in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, he retired after 31 years. Over the years he taught hundreds of students at Antietam Jr. High School and its predecessor, West Jr. High School, along with several elementary schools in the Waynesboro School District, the Quincy Orphanage, and assisting with the Waynesboro High School Band. In addition to his lifelong passion for music, he enjoyed reading, history and travel. Together with his wife, he was also actively involved in the Wayne Band of Waynesboro, PA and New Horizons Band for many years.
The funeral service will be held at 1:30 on Thurs., Sept. 11, 2014 in the chapel at Menno Haven with the Reverend Adam Leeper officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service Burial will be at Lincoln Cemetery following the service.
On line condolences may be expressed at www.sellersfuneralhome.com
David Patrick Turpin went to be with God Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.
Dave was born in Socorro, N.M., Oct. 19, 1939. His parents, Audelita(Adella) Ramirez, mother, and William Schmittou, father, brought him into this world to love and be happy and bring happiness to others. Later, Adella married Charles A. Turpin, stepfather/grandfather/great-grandfather to many.
Dave joined the Marine Corps in 1957 and later married Karen Miller. They had four children together: Maria Turpin Payne, David C. Turpin, Teresa Lee Turpin Stagg Norman and Andrew C. Turpin
Dave spent 24 years and 9 months in the Marine Corps, retiring in 1981. He was a dedicated master sergeant and his MOS was crash/fire/and rescue plus drill sergeant. After his retirement, he worked in trucking and fuel distribution.
Adding to his family, Maria had three children: Joanna, Melody and Sara; David C. had three children; Teresa Lee had three children and Andrew had one child, Ryan Turpin. Sean Turpin, Sara Hall-Turpin, Caitlin Hall-Turpin; Daniel/Sumer Stagg, Samantha Simms. Each of his grandchildren have had additions to the family: Daniel and Alana Stagg’s children are Kai and Mason; Sumer Malia’s son is Greg; Samantha’s children are Jackson and Carson. So, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Then from the Axline side, Alison Axline Haley and Kurt Axline were Dave’s stepchildren, and both have provided GrandDave with three step grandchildren: Erin Haley, Travis Haley and Chase Axline. All love him very much.
Dave loved dancing and playing drums. He was a member of the percussion section of the New Horizons Band in Hagerstown. He met Barbara C. Axline at a singles dance in January 1990 and they have been like Oreo cookies ever since. He married Barbara C. Axline-Turpin Sept. 25, 1995.
He was a very handsome guy with a great sense of humor, and will be missed greatly by all.
Memorial services will be today at noon at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, Md., with Pastor Paul Wareham officiating.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101-9950; or the Humane Society of Washington County, 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com.
Genevieve A. Wagner, 85 - Band Member
NOV. 26, 1927-APRIL 12, 2013
Born Nov. 26, 1927, in Mercersburg, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Ruth Strait.
Genevieve was a graduate of Boonsboro High School.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, George A. Wagner Sr.
She was previously employed as a cafeteria worker at St. Mary School, St. Maria Goretti High School and with the Washington County School System. She began her career as a sales clerk at Hays Stationary Store.
She was a member of St. Ann Roman Catholic Church and choir. She also attended St. Mary's Catholic Church and was a former member of their choir.
Genevieve was a former member of the Morgan County Band, Waynesboro Band, Williamsport Blue Band and the Bell Choir at St. Ann Catholic Church.
She volunteered at St. Ann Roman Catholic Church and The Maryland Theatre.
She was a member of the New Horizon Band, New Horizon Ensemble Band, Hagerstown YMCA and North Gate Swimming Pool.
She loved spending time at the pool with her friends, doing water aerobics and playing Scrabble.
She is survived by three sons, George A. Wagner Jr. of Kinnelon, N.J., Randall E. Wagner of Hagerstown and Gerard J. Wagner of Clear Spring, Md.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 224 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Martin S. Nocchi and the Rev. Collin Poston will be concelebrants. Burial will be at Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.
The family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. A Christian Wake service will be held at 8:45 p.m.
The family requests the omission of flowers.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Ann Catholic Church, 1525 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.
Online condolences are accepted at www.minnichfh.com.
James L. Johnson, 82
James L. Johnson, 82, a longtime system engineer with IBM Federal Systems and community volunteer, died Wednesday, Sept., 19, 2012, at Somerford Assisted Living in Hagerstown, Md., of liver cancer.
Jim graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1953 with master's degrees in math and engineering, and worked on missile guidance systems for IBM in Owego, N.Y., and Gaithersburg, Md., for 24 years before retiring in 1987. He previously held positions with the Northrup and Lockheed companies in California, where he met his wife.
Jim was born in Hopkins, Minn., to Swedish and Norwegian parents (a mixed marriage, as he liked to quip). After retiring, seeing how much fun his wife was having with her genealogy, he decided to research his family history, traveling to Scandinavia on several occasions to meet relatives. His passion resulted in two books that are being enjoyed on both sides of the Atlantic.
In Owego, Jim was active in Toastmasters, American Cancer Society, Sons of Norway, Owego Camera Club and square dancing. He also was a Boy Scout leader, and dressed as a convincing Lurch from "The Addams Family" TV show at Halloween. He was an active church member wherever he lived.
After his retirement, Jim eventually settled in the Hagerstown area, where he was active in numerous charitable and community activities. He worked with homeless shelters in both Frederick and Hagerstown, and enjoyed being an active Kiwanian in Hagerstown.
He was a founding member of the New Horizons Band, learning to play music for the first time at age 69.
He was known as a wicked punster who had a flair for word play, and for his Sunday morning pancakes. His sense of humor stayed with him to the end.
He is greatly missed by his survivors, including his wife of 57 years, Donna; four children, Karen Johnson of Sacramento, Calif., Sandy Fountain of Fairfax, Va., Laura Whiting of Northport, Ala., and Andy Johnson of Owego; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Arrangements for a memorial service are pending.
Donations in Jim's memory may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD, 21742 or First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.
Condolences may be sent to Donna Johnson, 10116 Sharpsburg Pike, Hagerstown, MD 21740