LOAR, Chester Adam

Frostburg, April 12 — Chester Adam Loar, 53, died this morning at his home in Zihlman after a lingering illness. He had worked at the Big Savage Refractories Company until illness forced his retirement a year ago. A son of the late Jacob and Kathryn Loar, he was born near Bittinger, in Garrett county. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Geary Loar; two sons, Irvin, Frostburg, and Edison, at home; three daughters, Laverne, at home; Mrs. Paul Steele and Mrs. Charles Bean, both of Zihlman, and four brothers, John, of Frostburg; Melton, of Zihlman; Frank, of Largo, Fla.; and Alvin, of Linton, Ind.
The Cumberland Evening Times, April 12, 1940
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted June 29, 2009


Deborah Louise Loar

LOAR, Deborah Louise

Deborah Louise Loar received her angel wings and flew “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” on Monday, June 6, 2016.  Born on May 23, 1955 she lived and enjoyed her life as the mother of two talented and amazing sons, Shannon and Vance.  She spent her childhood days and grew up on Blooming Fields Farm, her family’s property in the Rawlings countryside.  She was a 1973 graduate of Fort Hill High School in Cumberland, MD.  She was employed by the Westvaco Paper Mill for approximately thirty years within their Maintenance Department.  Debbie touched many lives during her lifetime and she will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Deborah was proceeded in death by her loving parents John William Loar Sr. and Lois Frances (Byrd) Loar; her dear sisters Linda Lois (Loar) Hafer and St.Mary Aleta Loar; and one special nephew Douglas William Dayton. Debbie is survived by her two sons, Shannon Ray Van Meter, Jr.; Cumberland, MD and girlfriend Susan M. Knisley and Vance Wesley Van Meter; Ridgeley, WV and girlfriend Angela D. Haslam. Deborah is also survived by her brother John William Loar, Jr. and wife Daisy Mae; LaPlata, MD; her sister Eleanor Jean Riggleman and husband Earl; Keyser, WV; and her sister Melissa Rebecca Loar; Rawlings, MD.  Debbie was loved deeply by her numerous nieces and nephews; Charles Edward Hafer, Jr., William Byrd Hafer, John William Loar, III, Leah Hafer Van Der Meid , Annette Jean Dayton, Yvonne Aleta Loar, Harold James “Buck” Dayton, Jr., Frances Cloe (Loar) Slattery, Justina Renee Loar and Jaime Jean (Shuck) Seib. Debbie also leaves behind many loving grandnieces and grandnephews as well as a lifelong close friend Karen Nicholson. A private graveside service was conducted in honor of Deborah’s life on Saturday, June 11, 2016 by officiating clergyman Pastor Gene Cecil and arrangements by the Durst Funeral Home in Frostburg, MD.  Interment was held in Frostburg Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family respectfully requests that expressions of sympathy in the form of monetary donations be made to the Deborah Loar Fund created in Deborah's memory and sent to Durst Funeral Home at 57 Frost Avenue Frostburg, MD 21532.
No date or publication noted
(Courtesy of Marion Chappell)
Posted June 17, 2016

LOAR, Mrs. Eva Irene Porter

Mrs. Eva Irene Loar, 76, of 1067 National Highway, died yesterday at her home. She had been in ill health the past year. A native of Eckhart Mines, she was a daughter of the late Morris and Anna (Rephann) Porter. She was a member of Park Place Methodist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher for many years and was a member of the church choir and WSCS. Surviving are her husband, Richard J. Loar; two sons, Richard H. and G. Clifton Loar, LaVale; three brothers, Marshall R., Russell and Nathan Porter, all of Eckhart; four sisters, Mrs. Emma Bloomer, Baltimore; Mrs. Virgie Stark, Mrs. Pearl Craze, Frostburg, and Mrs. Lulu Snyder, Eckhart; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The body is at the Hafer Chapel of the Hills Mortuary where friends will be received from 2 until 4 and 7 until 9 p.m. A service will be conducted there Saturday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Hubert Patrick officiating. Interment will be in Rest Lawn Memorial Gardens.
The Cumberland News, August 28, 1969
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted May 19, 2012


John William Loar, Sr.

LOAR, John William, Sr.

J. William Loar, Sr., 51, of Rawlings, died Thursday at Memorial Hospital after an illness of four weeks. Born in Frostburg, he was the son of the late C. Wesley and Eleanor M. (Gracie) Loar.  He was the owner of Blooming Field Farms, Rawlings. Surviving are his widow, Lois Frances (Byrd) Loar; one son, J. William Loar Jr., at home; five daughters, Mrs. Charles E. Hafer, this city, and Miss Mary A. Loar, Miss Eleanor J. Loar, Miss Deborah L. Loar, and Miss Melissa R. Loar, all at home, and one grandchild. The body is at the Hafer Baltimore Avenue Funeral Home where friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be conducted there tomorrow at 2 p.m. by Rev. Richard C. Chambers, pastor of the Rawlings United Methodist Church.  Interment will be in Frostburg Memorial Park.
Cumberland Evening Times, November 30, 1968
(Courtesy of Dave Gracie)


LOAR, Mrs. Lora May Sturtz

MOUNT SAVAGE - Lora May (Sturtz) Loar, 72, formerly of Mount Savage Road, died Friday, Oct. 23, 1998, at Heartland of Brooksville, Brooksville, Fla. Born Nov. 24, 1925, in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late Robert D. Sturtz Sr. and Lora May (Cross) Sturtz. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Linburgh Loar, in February 1998; three brothers, Robert D. Sturtz Jr., Harvey Sturtz and James Sturtz; and one sister, Mary Katherine Sturtz. Mrs. Loar was a member of the Frostburg Congregation of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Surviving are three sons, Bernard L. "Bernie" Loar and wife Joan, Frostburg, Robert J. Loar and wife Gail, Brooksville, Fla., and William H. Loar, Mount Savage; two daughters, Lora M. Thomas and husband Mark, Vallejo, Calif., and Linda E. Case and husband Tony, Barboursville, W.Va.; one sister, Cora Jane Mercer, Mount Savage; one son-in-law, Roy W. Barnes, Midlothian; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Friends will be received at the Leasure-Stein Funeral Home, 230 Baltimore Ave., Cumberland, on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with John C. Richmond officiating. Private interment will be in the Maryland State Veterans Cemetery at Rocky Gap. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Home Health Care Hospice of the Western Maryland Health System, 600 Memorial Ave., Cumberland, MD 21502.
Cumberland Times obituary; about October 23, 1998
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted October 16, 2010


LOAR, Mrs. Lotta Lee Folk

CUMBERLAND — Lotta Lee Loar, 88, of Cumberland died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at the Beverly Nursing Center in Cumberland. Born Nov. 22, 1918 in Keyser, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Scott D. Folk and Mary Loretta (Jackson) Folk. She was also predeceased by her husband, Richard H. Loar Sr., and a grandson, David Loar. Ms. Loar was a member of the Park Place Methodist Church of LaVale. She retired from the Sacred Heart Hospital as a unit secretary. She is survived by a son, Richard H. Loar Jr. of Fairview, Tenn.; a daughter, Mary Ann Barb and husband Charles of LaVale; four grandchildren, Jason Loar and wife Allison of Orlando, Fla., Charles Barb and wife Mimi of Bedford, Pa., Gary Barb and Julie Barb; five great-grandchildren, Ava Loar, Derek Barb, Caden Barb, Brianna Barb and Stephanie Barb; one sister, Betty Locard of Cumberland; a brother-in-law, Clifton Loar; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the Hafer Funeral Service, PA, Chapel of the Hills, 1302 National Hwy., LaVale, on Friday, Oct. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be conducted at the funeral home chapel on Saturday at 1 p.m. with Pastor Vicki Cubbage and Pastor Lowell Garland officiating. Interment will be in the Rest Lawn Memorial Gardens, LaVale. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Park Place Methodist Church, 80 National Hwy., LaVale, MD 21502 or LaVale Volunteer Fire Department, 421 National Hwy., LaVale, MD 21502.
The Cumberland Times News, October 19, 2007
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted October 20, 2012

LOAR, Richard Harold

Richard Harold Loar Sr., 57, of 230 National Highway, LaVale, died suddenly Tuesday at his residence. Born in Loartown, he was a son of the late Richard John and Eva Irene (Porter) Loar. Mr. Loar was a components inspector at Allegany Ballistics Laboratory, a veteran of World War II, and a member of Park Place United Methodist Church. Surviving are his widow, Lotta (Folk) Loar: one son, Richard H. Loar Jr., Orlando, Fla.; one daughter, Mrs. Mary Ann Barb, LaVale; one brother, G. Clifton Loar, LaVale, and three grandchildren. Friends will be received at the Hafer Chapel of the Hills Mortuary in LaVale from 2 until 4 and 7 until 9 p.m. A service will be conducted there tomorrow at 1 p.m. by Rev. Clifford H. Kelbaugh. Interment will follow in Rest Lawn Memorial Gardens.
The Cumberland News, June 19, 1975
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted October 20, 2012

LOAR, Richard John

Richard John Loar, 80, formerly of 1067 National Highway, LaVale, died yesterday at the Goodwill Mennonite Home in Grantsville where he had been a patient four years. He had been in ill health the past 10 years. A native of Loartown, he was a son of the late John Henry and Luella M. Loar. His wife, Eva Irene Loar, preceded him in death. A retired carpenter, Mr. Loar was a member of Park Place United Methodist Church and an honorary trustee of the church. Surviving are two sons, Richard H. and G. Clifton Loar, LaVale; a brother, D. Chester Loar, Loartown; two sisters, Mrs. Ella Eversole, city, and Mrs. Cecil Metz, Rawlings; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The body is at the Hafer Chapel of the Hills Mortuary where friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 until 4 and 7 until 9 p.m. A service will be conducted at Park Place Church Saturday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Hubert Patrick, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Rest Lawn Memorial Gardens.
The Cumberland Evening Times, June 8, 1972
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted October 20, 2012

LOAR, Miss Violet B.

Midland, Feb. 14., - Violet B. Loar, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Loar, Miller's Mines, who died Wednesday in Allegany Hospital, Cumberland, will be buried tomorrow afternoon in Allegany Cemetery, Frostburg. Services wil be conducted from the home of her parents at 2 p.m by Rev. Raymond E. Crowe, pastor of Grace Methodist Church here.
Sunday, February 15, 1948; Cumberland (MD) Times
Posted November 17, 2018

LOAR, William Henry, Sr.

Train accident of Wm H Loar ~ Killed on a Railroad Crossing
While driving a covered meat wagon across the Cumberland and Pennsylvania railroad tracks at Midland, last evening about 6 o'clock, Wm. H. Loar, a young man employed by Christopher Allen, a butcher in Lonaconing, was struck by a coal train and instantly killed. Squire Ryan, of Lonaconing, held an inquest and the verdict that no one was to blame for the occurrence was rendered. Young Loar was about 26 years of age and leaves a wife and one child. He was [a]sober and industrious young man and was liked by all who knew him.

Cumberland Daily-Times: November 18, 1887, p.8
Posted September 21, 2019

LOAR, William Henry, Sr.

Instantly Killed - A Young Man Meets Death at a Railroad Crossing
Wm. H. Loar, a young man employed by Chris Allen in the meat business at Lonaconing, was killed Friday night under the following circumstances: Mr. Loar was driving a one-horse wagon with meat to Midland, a station about two miles above Lonaconing, on the Cumberland and Pennsylvania Railroad. While crossing the railroad at Pebbles' Tannery near Midland, the wagon was struck by a coal train and demolished. Loar was instantly killed, but the horse, strange to say, escaped unhurt. An inquest was held by Squire John Ryan, of Lonaconing, and a verdict rendered to the effect that no one was to blame for the sad occurrence. Mr. Loar was about 25 years old and leaves a wife and one child.

November 20, 1887; Cumberland Sunday Civilian
Posted September 21, 2019

LOAR, William Henry, Jr.

William Loar, 76, died yesterday at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland. He was the son of the late Henry and Julia (Kiling) Loar. Surviving are his wife, Desdamona (Powell) Loar; six daughters, Julia, Anna, and Rose Loar, at home; Mrs. William Llewellyn, Cumberland; Mrs. Edison Fazenbaker and Mrs. Melvin Wiland, here; two sons, John Loar, here and Wesley Loar, Barton; two half-sisters, Mrs. Ruth Flanagan, Danville and Mrs. Rose Lemmert, Frostburg; a step-sister, Mrs. Edna Knierium, Frostburg; a half-brother, Wesley Llewellyn, Cumberland. The body is at the Eichhorn Funeral Home where friends will received from 2 until 4 p.m. and 7 until 9 p.m. A service will be conducted Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Pentecostal Holiness Church, Jackson Street, Rev. Virgil Rath will officiate and interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. The body will be taken to the church at noon Thursday.

July 14, 1964; Cumberland News
Posted September 21, 2019

Name: Rose Cecelia Lockard, 89, formerly of Ridgeley, WV
Parents: Christopher and Alice Jane (McConnell) Lockard
DOB: June 13, 1914, in Blair Co., PA
DOD: Sunday, October 5, 2003, at Dawnview Center, Fort Ashby, WV
Predeceased by: parents
Survived by: son, Raymond Lockard and wife Libby, Elkridge, MD
Burial: October 9, 2003, Sunset Memorial Park

Source: Upchurch Funeral Home, Cumberland, MD
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted March 15, 2014

LOCKE, Mrs. Cora Belle Daly

Mrs. Cora Belle Locke, 90, formerly of Elkhart, died this morning in Grand Rapids after an extended illness. She moved to Grand Rapids from Elkhart five years ago. She was a member of St. Paul Methodist church here and a charter member of the WSCS. She was a sister of Mary Daly for whom an Elkhart elementary school was named. She was born in Elkhart, Sept. 24, 1869. Her first husband, James *Muff, died in Elkhart in 1919. She married William V. Locke, March 1, 1924. He died July 24, 1940. Survivors include three daughters. Mrs. Martin Van Wingen, Grand Rapids; Mrs. Glenn Lambdin, Elkhart, and Mrs. Myrrel Kelly, South Bend; a son, R. D. *Huff, South Bend; 11 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren. Friends may call after 7 p.m. Tuesday at the White Funeral Home where services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. E. Ernest Kaufman, pastor of St. Paul's Methodist church, will be in charge. Burial will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery.
*[as printed]
26 October 1959; no source noted
FindAGrave Memorial #120244187
(Courtesy of Gene Brierly/transcribed by Genie)
Posted March 4, 2017

LOCKE, Patrick

DIES OF STROKE ~ Mine Superintendent's Funeral Services Set For Monday
Patrick Locke, one of the pioneers of the Fayette County Coke Region and regarded as a father of Leith Works where for many years he was superintendent, died at 3:25 a. m. Friday, February 22, 1929, in St. Francis Hospital, Pittsburgh, of a final stroke of paralysis. Three other strokes had been suffered by Mr. Locke, the first in 1922 which caused his retirement from his duties with the corporation. Mr. Locke was born in Barton, Md., a son of John and Ann Nevin Locke. He came to Fayette county as a young man and was first located in the Connellsville district. Leith first heard of Mr. Locke in 1882 when as transportation boss he made an initial record for himself there. In 1896 he had gone through the successive steps and was the company's mine foreman. In 1902 he became superintendent and remained in that capacity until his retirement. Mr. Locke was a charter member of the Youghiogheny Council Knights of Columbus and one of its early Grand Knights. Later he transferred his membership to Uniontown Council. For many years he participated in the sessions of The Coal Mining Institute of America and often was on its programs. He was one of the early members of the Frick Veterans Association. Mr. Locke was complimented many times by company officials because of his interest in the humanitarian policies of the corporation. Ho was one of the first, to organize first aid teams for his mines and succeeded in reducing accidents to a normal figure long before serious attention had been paid to conservation of life and limb by national interests. Mr. Locke married Elizabeth Jane Doonan of Dunbar on June 23, 1887. His wife preceded him in death. He is survived by one son. John D. Locke, and one daughter, Miss Patricia Locke of the Uniontown High school faculty. A brother. John of Fairmont, also survives. Three grandsons. William. James Hever and Thomas Locke, also survive. The body was brought to the Lock family home. 65 Jefferson street, last evening. Funeral services will be conducted Monday with solemn requiem high mass in St. John's R C. church at 9 o'clock. Interment will be in Oak Grove cemetery.
Morning Herald; Uniontown, Fayette Co, Pa., Saturday, February 23, 1929 - pg 1, col 5
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted August 19, 2010


LOCKE, William

William Locke, elder brother of P. J. Locke, superintendent of Leith mines, died Sunday evening in the Uniontown hospital after a brief illness.  Another brother, John Locke, is located in Fairmont, W. Va. Funeral arrangements are not completed
Morning Herald; Uniontown, Fayette Co, Pa ., Monday, November 22, 1920 - pg 7, col 5
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted April 18, 2015

LOCKE, William

William Locke Funeral
Funeral services for the late William Locke will be held from the home of P J Locke, Jefferson St, tomorrow morning, with requiem high mass to be observed in St John's church.  Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Morning Herald; Uniontown, Fayette Co, Pa., Tuesday,November 23, 1920 - pg 6, col 5
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted April 18, 2015

LOCKIE, Lewis Albert

PETERSBURG, W.Va. — Lewis Albert Lockie, 48, of Mt. Storm, died Saturday in West Virginia University Medical Center, Morgantown. A native of California, he was a son of J. Lloyd Lockie, Corning, Calif., and the late Belle (DeMoss) Lockie. Mr. Lockie was a veteran of the Korean War and was employed by the Eastern Coal Company as a miner. Also surviving are his widow, Beryle (Foley) Lockie; two daughters, Misses Dawn and Tanya Lockie, both at home; two sons, Teddy Lockie, Mt. Storm, and Michael Lockie, at home; three sisters, Mrs. Nellie Rider, Grass Valley, Calif.; Mrs. Rose Piland, Corning, and Mrs. Edna Cameron, Weott, Calif., and a brother, William Lockie, Corning. Services will be conducted tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Arnold Funeral home by the Rev. Earl Baker. Interment will be in the Entler-Foley Family Cemetery, Mt. Storm.
Cumberland News, January 11, 1978
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted June 11, 2021


LOECHEL, L. Casper

GRANTSVILLE - L. Casper Loechel, 59, of R. D. 1, Meyersdale, died suddenly Wednesday, in Baltimore. Born in Grantsville, he was a son of Mrs. Ollie (Gnagey) Loechel and the late Clarence Loechel. Mr. Loechel was a member of Christ Lutheran Church; Meyersdale Lodge 554, AF and AM, and Camp 41, Woodmen of the World. Surviving are his widow, Margaret Schrock Loechel, and a sister, Mrs. Helen Keim, Salisbury. The body is at the Newman Funeral Home. Services will be conducted there tomorrow at 2 p.m. by Rev. David Fetter and burial will be in Grantsville Cemetery. Meyersdale Lodge 554 will conduct a memorial service today at 8 p.m.
The Cumberland Evening Times, December 5, 1969
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted June 29, 2009


LOFTON, Chester

Chester Lofton, 10 year old son of Homer and Sadie Lofton, of Moorefield, W. Va., died last night in Memorial Hospital, where he was admitted December 9.
Cumberland Evening Times, Wednesday, December 19, 1945
(Courtesy of Ruth Sprowls)
Posted July 16, 2009




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