1956 HeiskeliteYear Book
Our Deceased Classmates
Photo Album Class of '56
60th Birthday celebration
70th Birthday Celebration
75th Birthday Celebration
1953 Heiskelite Yearbook
1954 Heiskelite Yearbook
Welcome to the
Hagerstown High School Class of 1956 Web site!
(Please visit links on left side of page)
In memory of Richard A. Wade 1938
- 2001 (click)
Class of '56 welcomes all, but especially our classmates to share
events, news, and information of the graduating class of June, 1956.
This is a very active high school class that has
reunions every 5 years and "special" events, such as
class "Zero & 5th" Birthday Celebrations, Luncheons and picnics
held in the Hagerstown, Maryland area, and
participation in the Annual HHS Florida Gathering.
65th Reunion!! August 27-29, 2021
65th Reunion information was mailed May 24th. If you do not receive by
June 7th, notify Shirley Lumm Erdmanis -
Celebration - Hagerstown High Class of 1956
September 14-16, 2018
Photos (click) ...
Gene Autry Haupt,
Big Pool - Gene Autry Haupt , 83 Jan 10, 1938 - Jun 6, 2021 Gene
Autry Haupt, 83, of Big Pool, MD, passed away Sunday, June 6, 2021,
at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, MD.
Born January 10, 1938, in Middletown, MD, he was the son of the late
Grayson Ellsworth Haupt and Maxine Elizabeth (Jones) Haupt.
He was a graduate of Hagerstown High School and a veteran of the US
Gene was employed with Grand Union in early years and later retired
from Barnhart's Grocery. He was a member of the Funkstown American
Legion Post 211.
Gene was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying both hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Janet M. (Davis)
Haupt, of Big Pool; daughter, Terri Long (Brian) of Hagerstown; son,
Kevin Haupt (Amber) of Hagerstown; 3 sisters, Sondra Davis, Carletta
Griffith, and Pamela Davis (Robert); 4 grandchildren, Courtney,
Kelsey, Ian, and Zachary;and a great-granddaughter, Ellie Rose.
In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by 2 sisters,
Brenda and Donna; and a very special grandmother, Pauline Jones.
There will be no viewing or visitation.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, June 11, 2021, at 2 pm at
Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, 17636 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown,
Online condolences may be expressed at www.thompsonfhinc.com.
Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home, Inc. is honored to serve the
John Edward Slocum, 83
Hagerstown - John Edward Slocum,
83, of Hagerstown, passed away, Saturday, May 22, 2021, at Doey's
House, Hagerstown. Born March 17, 1938 in Washington, D.C. he was
the son of the late, Hubert Earl and Lumar (Myers) Slocum.
Mr. Slocum was a US Army veteran and a member of the Army
Reserves. He was an insurance salesman retiring from American
General. After retirement he had worked as a desk clerk for Motel
Six, The Clarion and Super Eight Motels, all of Hagerstown. Mr.
Slocum attended Good Shepherd Ministries, Hagerstown and he was an
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Patricia L.(Smith)
Slocum; three children, Mike Slocum, Sharon Slocum and Scott Slocum;
nine grandchildren, Dave Slocum, Hank Mills, Jessica Slocum Brown,
Travis Kessell, Drake Kessell, Ryn Best, Lydia Slocum, Rexton Slocum
and Zoey Slocum; two great grandchildren, Henry Mills IV and Gavin
Mills. At his request he will be cremated and no services are
planned at this time.
Sandra Lou “Sandy” (West) Melzer,
Sandra Lou “Sandy”
(West) Melzer, 82, of Waynesboro,
PA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 1, 2021, at
Laurel Lakes Rehabilitation and Wellness Center,
Born on May 7, 1938 in
Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Ronald and
Kathryn (Slayman) West.
Sandy was preceded in
death by one son, Keith C. Melzer.
Sandy was a graduate of
Hagerstown High School, class of 1957.
Sandy was an avid reader,
and enjoyed her work as a waitress and server at many
establishments. These included the Appalachian Inn and the
Funkstown American Legion Post 211. She especially enjoyed
her 15 years at the AMVETS Post 10.
She is survived by her
loving husband of 65 years, Jack Melzer; one daughter,
Kathryn Ann Hansford of Hagerstown; one son, Bradley J.
Melzer of Waynesboro; five grandchildren, Jessica, Amanda,
Amber, Courtney and Emily; and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be
private and held at the convenience of the family.
Rest Haven Funeral Home,
Hagerstown is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Robert (Bob) Michael Johnson,
Robert (Bob) Michael Johnson,
82, passed away February 14, 2021, at Doey's House in
Born October 1, 1938, he was
the son of the late Robert L and Marguerite Johnson.
He was preceded in death by
his wife of 55 years, Iris J. Johnson, and his sister, Susie
Bob graduated from Hagerstown
High School in 1956 and served in the U.S. Air Force from
After being honorably
discharged, Bob went to work at Potomac Edison as a Project
Coordinator and from there went on to becoming an Executive VP
and Engineer for Fox & Associates. Following his employment at
Fox he went to Davis, Renn & Associates and worked as a Project
Manager until retiring.
Bob is a lifelong member of
St. John's Lutheran Church and was involved in many
organizations. He was a member and past president of the
Williamsport Lions Club; a member of the Hagerstown Elks Lodge
378; and a member of Tall Cedars of Lebanon Masonic
Bob loved to travel with his
family, watch the Orioles and Ravens games with his grandson,
and go to car shows. He was a very proud grandfather.
He is survived by his daughter
Beth, her husband George, and grandson Kyle Haynes.
Funeral services will be
conducted on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 11:00 A.M. at Rest
Haven Funeral Home, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown with Rev.
Hoda Zavandro officiating. Interment will follow in Rest Haven
Cemetery. Friends will be received at the funeral home one hour
prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial
donation may be made to Doey's House/Hospice of Washington
County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown MD 21742.
Thomas Benton Basore Jr, 82
Thomas Benton Basore Jr, of Fernandina Beach,
Florida, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Baptist Medical
Center - Nassau in Fernandina Beach, Florida with his daughter and
his wife by his side holding his hands.
Born in Hagerstown, MD on July 20, 1938, he was the
son of the late Thomas Benton Basore Sr., and Margaret Constantina
Davalos Basore. (Note- Tom attended public
schools in Hagerstown, MD, and joined the Air Force at the end of
his 11th grade(1955). He completed his education elsewhere and had a
long professional career with DuPont)
Tom, fondly known as Tommy to his family and Thomas
or Tom in industry, fully embraced life contributing his all for his
family and the community. He was passionate about his nation,
patriotism, and his service to the nation in the United States Air
Force from 1955 to 1959. "He never met a stranger" and all know him
for his engaging conversation and global experiences and life.
Professionally he is renowned in the global printing community and
passionate about his nautical life which included sailing,
transatlantic voyages, and role in the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
He is survived by his wife of 17 years: Irene
Lavallee Basore; former wife of 43 years: Jean Harris Basore;
daughter: Allyn Jean Basore and her children Nicole J. Izquierdo and
Caroline S. LaRochelle; son: Darren Thomas Basore, his wife Carole
Louise, and their son Anthony Basore; 2 great grandchildren; sister:
Margret Basore Perry; sister: Lucy Geneva Basore Birkemeier
In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death
by his sister Cheryl Basore Webb.
In Fernandina Beach, Florida- Services will be at
5:00 pm (Tom says time 1700) on Friday, January 15, 2021 at St.
Michaels Catholic Church with Father Jose Kallukalam, Celebrant.
Attendance is encouraged either in person at the
church or virtual live broadcast: https://stmichaelscatholic.com and
click on the icon for "Live Mass Streaming" from the home page.
He will be laid to rest at 10:30 am on Saturday,
January 23, 2021 in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown, Maryland.
Attendance is encouraged either in person at the site
(tent and chairs) or virtual live broadcast: * virtual link https://
Please fly our United States Flag in memory of Tom
and/or donate to a patriotic organization of your choice. Flowers
given in memory of Tom are most welcome at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors