Catherine E. Baker
Catherine E. "Kate" Baker, 55, of 20833 Emerald Drive, Hagerstown, died Monday, April 27, at her home.
Born Dec. 24, 1942, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Gerald A. and Grace V. Wells Barnhart.
She was a 1960 graduate of North Hagerstown High School.
She was previously employed by Jeanne's Confectionery, Williamsport.
She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, Chewsville.
She is survived by her husband, Charles F. Baker; three daughters, Karen S. Strickland of Williamsport, Krista D. Wolfensberger and Khya L. Filip, both of Hagerstown; four sisters, Dolores E. Shipley of Williamsport, Nancy A. Spessard Phelan of Greencastle, Pa., Barbara Jean Wagner of Boonsboro, and Judy A. Johnson of Clark, Mo.; three brothers, Donald L. Barnhart of Glenelg, Md., Maurice M. Barnhart of Clark, Mo., and Gerald N. Barnhart of Williamsport; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul Harp and Richard Barnhart.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd. with the Rev. Terry Hoke officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Raymond M. Arnold
DOVER PLAINS, N.Y. - Raymond Merton Arnold, 71, of Dover Plains, and formerly of Beaver Creek, died Sunday, April 26, 1998, at Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Conn.
Born July 23, 1926, in Neersville, Va., he was the son of the late Raymond M. and Mary Schuerrmann Arnold.
He attended American University in Washington and received his bachelor's degree from Drury College in Springfield, Mo. He received a master's degree in religious education from Lexington Theological Seminary and a master's degree in special education from Teachers College at Columbia University. He was certified to teach in Kentucky and New York. For 10 summers, he was sponsored by Illinois Teachers College for European study in international mental retardation.
He was a teacher at Wassaic Development Center for 31 years, retiring in 1983.
A World War II veteran, he served in the Naval Reserve and the Seabees for 50 years.
He attended Park Avenue Christian Church and Dover Plains United Methodist Church.
He was a member of Dover Masonic Lodge 666, Harlem Valley Order of the Eastern Star 703, and Amenia Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5444.
A former Boy Scout executive in Cleveland and New Rochelle, he was a member of Boy Scout Order of the Arrow and a Scoutmaster at Wassaic Developmental Center. He also organized Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Sea Scout and Explorer Scout troops.
He is survived by his wife, the Rev. Doris Foltz Arnold, whom he married April 1, 1953.
Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Beaver Creek Christian Church, 9711 Beaver Creek Road, Hagerstown. The Rev. Mark Curran and the Rev. Doris Foltz Arnold will officiate. Burial will be in Beaver Creek Cemetery, Hagerstown.
The family will receive friends at the church Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Arrangements are by Bast Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro, Md. 21713.
Clyde L. Downs
RUXTON, Md. - Clyde Lashorn Downs, 90, of 7001 N. Charles St., and formerly of 17840 Sherman Ave., Hagerstown, died Monday, April 27, 1998, at Manor Care Inc., Ruxton.
Born Oct. 17, 1907, in Downsville, he was the son of the late Ross Wolford and Emma Katherine Hetzer Downs.
His wife, Martha Haines Gormley Downs, died in 1986.
He was a graduate of Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y., and received his master's degree in education from Columbia University in New York City.
He was employed as a teacher at the Institute for the Education of the Blind in Bronx, N.Y., from 1929 to 1947. He taught physical education and health at Washington Street School in Hagerstown from 1948 until his retirement in 1976.
He started instruction in wrestling at Washington Street School and at the YMCA. Many state champions resulted from the program. He instructed at a referees' school at South Hagerstown High School. In a 1981 Daily Mail article, he was referred to as "Mr. Wrestling." He was inducted into the Maryland State Wrestling Hall of Fame for Secondary Schools in 1981 and was inducted into the Washington County Hall of Fame in 1989.
He also was a Boy Scout leader in New York City, and camps director for the blind at Camp Beacon Lodge in Lewistown, Pa., and Camp Wapanacki in Hardwick, Vt.
He was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Williamsport.
He also was a member of Optimist Club, Order of Eagles and YMCA in Hagerstown.
He is survived by one daughter, EmaLew D. Bowers of Towson, Md.; one sister, Glendora M. Downs of Williamsport; two grandchildren, D. Scott Schneider of Millersville, Md., and D. Lynn Staples of Phoenix, Md.; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Edna K. Downs and Naomi Downs; and one brother, Guy O. Downs.
Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 W. Potomac St., Williamsport. The Rev. W. Gregory Martin will officiate. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Williamsport.
Friends may call at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport, today from 7 to 9 p.m.
William J. Ward Jr.
MAUGANSVILLE - William Jacob "Bill" Ward Jr., 75, of 13944 Blue Mountain Drive, died Monday, April 27, 1998, at Washington County Hospital.
Born May 14, 1922, in Clear Spring, he was the son of the late William J. Sr. and M. Corinne "Kit" Harsh Ward.
He was a 1940 graduate of Clear Spring High School.
He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service since 1945, and by Corderman's Hardware. He was later employed by Smith Elliott & Kerns.
A World War II veteran, he served with the U.S. Army's 8th Armored Division in the European Theater.
He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Clear Spring.
He also was a member of Mason Dixon Soccer League; BPOE Lodge 378; American Legion Post 222 in Clear Spring; and AARP. He was a member and past president of Letter Carriers Association. He was a charter member of West End Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife, Jane E. Ward of Maugansville; two sisters, Thelma C. Haugh of Frederick, Md., and Phyllis W. Stup of Walkersville, Md.; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Ida Blanche Hull; and two brothers, Glenn W. Ward and Nelson E. Ward.
Services will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 12527 National Pike, Clear Spring. The Rev. Steven B. Amundson and the Rev. Thomas L. Perry will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park in Hagerstown.
Visitation will be held at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m., and one hour prior to the service. BPOE Lodge 378 will conduct a memorial service Thursday at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, c/o Matthew Chaney, 12527 National Pike, Clear Spring, Md. 21722.
Roger C. Ramsburg
Roger C. Ramsburg, 84, of 18315 College Road, Hagerstown, died Tuesday, April 28, 1998, at Washington County Hospital.
Born Sept. 18, 1913, in Hansonville, Md., he was the son of the late Oscar and Elsie Clem Ramsburg. He was the stepson of the late Mabel Ramsburg.
His wife, Kathryn May Ramsburg, died in 1979.
He was employed by Fairchild Aircraft, retiring after 34 years.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was a member of Church of the Holy Trinity.
He also was a member of BPOE 378, American Legion Morris Frock Post 42, VFW 1936, RSVP Players, Golden Ballroom Dancers and Gad Abouts Square Dance Club. He was a member of the Rambling Cowboys Country and Western Band in the 1940s. He was a former member of the Moose Club.
He is survived by one son, Wayne Lee Ramsburg of Smithsburg; one brother, Maynard Ramsburg; three half sisters, Mae Carty of Delaware, and Dolly Burch and Doris Cavell, both of Frederick, Md.; one half brother, Robert Ramsburg; a friend, Dee Baird of Hagerstown; one granddaughter; and one great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Naomi Shook; and one brother, Markwood Ramsburg.
Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. James L. Hamby will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery in Hagerstown with military graveside services conducted by American Legion Post 42.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m., where Elks Lodge 378 will conduct a memorial service at 7 p.m.
Adam J. Smothers
Adam Jordan Smothers, 5 weeks old, of 19217 Garrett Mills Road, Knoxville, died Monday, April 27, 1998, at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore.
Born March 20, 1998, in Frederick, Md., he was the son of Darrell and Dorothy Smothers.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by one sister, Ashley Renee Smothers, at home; and aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Marvin and Bessie Smothers, and his maternal grandparents, Henry and Rosie Giles.
Graveside services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Frederick. The Rev. Eugene Holmes will officiate.
Arrangements are by John T. Williams Funeral Home, 100 Petersville Road, Brunswick, Md.
Raymond M. Arnold
DOVER PLAINS, N.Y. - There will be no viewing of Raymond Merton Arnold, 71, of Dover Plains, and formerly of Beaver Creek, who died Sunday, April 26, 1998, at the funeral home.