1956 HeiskeliteYear Book
Our Deceased Classmates
Photo Album Class of '56
35th Reunion
40th Reunion
45th Reunion
50th Reunion
55th  Reunion
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)  

 The 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.

h 65th Reunion!!  August 27-29, 2021  

HHS 65th Reunion information was mailed May 24th. If you do not receive by June 7th, notify Shirley Lumm Erdmanis - erdmanis@comcast.net


80th Birthday Celebration - Hagerstown High Class of 1956
                                                            September 14-16, 2018

                                                   Photos  (click) ...

Gene Autry Haupt, 83

   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 Army.

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, MD.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.thompsonfhinc.com.

Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home, Inc. is honored to serve the family.




John Edward Slocum, 83

     John Edward Slocum

  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 avid golfer.

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, 82

Sandra Melzer 82

Sandra Lou “Sandy” (West) Melzer, 82, of Waynesboro, PA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 1, 2021, at Laurel Lakes Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, Chambersburg, PA.

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.
Online condolences can be made at www.rsthvn.com.


   Robert (Bob) Michael Johnson, 82

Robert Johnson

Robert (Bob) Michael Johnson, 82, passed away February 14, 2021, at Doey's House in Hagerstown, MD.

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 Hancock.


Bob graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1956 and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956-1962.

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 organization.

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:// NOTE: TBD

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


PHOTOS-HHS Class of 1956 60th Reunion !!!
September 16-18, 2016

Here are some links to click on for photos from our 60th Class Reunion, September 16-18, 2016.
(recommend to choose "Slideshow" option toward top of page after photos come up- then you can go right or left if you choose )

Friday Evening at the Bowmans (click)

Saturday Afternoon at Redmen “Crabfest” (click)

Sunday Breakfast @ Redmen (click)


South Potomac JR High Classmates of HHS Class of 1956