Friendship Lodge No. 84

Men of Distinction since 1827

Obituaries

Stacks Image 5
 

Bro. John T. Staub

Stacks Image 37

John Thomas Staub, 89, of Fairplay, Maryland, passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2022. John was born December 4, 1932 in Brunswick, Maryland to Violet and John Calvin Staub.

As a young boy, John would tune his crystal radio to WJEJ in Hagerstown, one of the few local radio stations that existed at the time. He later became the Owner and General Manager of Hagerstown Broadcasting Company, Inc. (WJEJ-AM and formerly WWMD-FM) for 49 years. He began his career in radio in 1954 as a DJ at WAYB, then WFMD, and in 1960, he and two partners built WMHI, and his golden voice has been recognizable on the airwaves ever since.

John was a long-time entrepreneur and philanthropist. He believed in giving back to the community and was a big supporter and contributor to the Maryland Theatre, The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington County, Hospice of Washington County, United Way of Washington County, Hagerstown Kiwanis, The Shriner’s Club, The Tall Cedars of Lebanon, The Masonic Temple of Hagerstown, and many more.

John passed away at Hospice of Washington County’s Doey’s House after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He is survived by his loving wife, Carol; daughter, Joanna Parsons; son-in-law, David Parsons; daughter, Jennifer Tait; and son-in-law, Jason Tait. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Lincoln and Oliver Tait.

 

Bro. R. Noel Brady

Stacks Image 100

Mr. R. Noel Brady, 81 of Hagerstown, died Monday, March 7, 2022, at Meritus Medical Center, Hagerstown. He was he husband of Nancy L. Myers Brady, his wife of 57 years.

Born November 6, 1940, in Jersey City, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Ernest Henry and Bertha Sarah Ann Mitchell Brady. He was raised by late Curtis H. and Alice E. Brady Kline. He graduated from South Hagerstown High School, Hagerstown Community College, and the American Academy McAllister Institute of Mortuary Science, New York City, New York. He served in the Reserves with the United States Army.

He was the President of the Andrew K. Coffman Funeral Home, Inc., Hagerstown.

Noel was an Episcopalian by faith, and member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Sharpsburg.

He served over the years with various boards and organizations that served his profession and community. Previously, he served with the Maryland State Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors, Baltimore. Currently he was serving on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army of Washington County and the Board for Coffman Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, both of Hagerstown. He was a member of Hagerstown Rotary Club, Fraternal Order of Freemasons, Friendship Lodge 84, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge, both of Hagerstown.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, is his niece, Diana Keith and husband William; as well as two grand nieces, and two grand nephews.

Besides his parents, Noel was preceded in death by two nieces

Bro. William Plavcan, Dr.

Stacks Image 93

Dr. William G. Plavcan, 87, a beloved physician of Hagerstown, Maryland, passed away April 19, 2021 at his home.

Bill was born to Cathryn and Joseph Plavcan May 16, 1933 in Erie, Pennsylvania.

After attending Ohio Wesleyan University, he earned an MD from Temple Medical School and went on to specialize in urology as a naval surgeon.
Following 10 years of service in the Navy, he practiced first in Waycross, Georgia, and then moved to Hagerstown to join the practice of the Urological Clinic, P.A. He retired and took a position as vice president of medical affairs at Washington County Hospital, where he served for six years. During his 51 years in Hagerstown, he served on the board of St. John’s Episcopal Church, set up the Physician’s Education Fund, founded the Kidney Transplant Program, and Palliative Care Unit at WCH.

He served as a board member and benefactor of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, was an active member of the Elk’s Club, the American Legion, the Rotary Club, and was a Freemason.

Bill was married for 40 years to his best friend and love, Rebecca Plavcan, who survives him.

Bro. Scott R. Paddack

Stacks Image 42
Scott Russell Paddack, 59, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away, Friday, August 20, 2021, at his home.

Born Wednesday, May 9, 1962 in Hendersonville, NC, he was the son of Varner L. Paddack and the late Diane L. (Young) Paddack.

Scott graduated from North Hagerstown High School in 1980, he went on to continue his education at Frostburg State University, where Crazy Scott was born, he graduated in 1987. After college Scott worked for Showtime Industries as part of the music entertainment industry, he later returned to Hagerstown and opened PM Promotions. Then, Scott went to work for Hess Holders. Scott found his true calling with the Mason-Dixon Council, Boy Scouts of America where he was employed for the last 19 years.

Scott was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Masonic Friendship Lodge no.84, Exchange Club, Ravens Roost 124, and a former member of the Jaycees. Scott also volunteered with the United Way and was well known as a community mentor and thoroughly enjoyed his time playing Santa Claus for many years.

Scott is survived by his two daughters, Alexandra M. Paddack and fiancé Cory Bolt of Edgewood, MD and Brittany A. Jordan and fiancé Robert Whittington of Greencastle, PA; son, Daved Robert Lowell Paddack and wife Danielle of Hagerstown, MD; sister, Maryle P. Mondschein and husband Eric of Fairfax, VA; brother, Mark L. Paddack of Ocean City, MD; grandson, Robert S. Whittington, Jr. of Greencastle, PA; and four nieces and nephews. Scott was also survived by his best canine pals Jambo and Summit.

Bro. Roy L. Rice

Stacks Image 86
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, sapien platea morbi dolor lacus nunc, nunc ullamcorper. Felis aliquet egestas vitae, nibh ante quis quis dolor sed mauris. Erat lectus sem ut lobortis, adipiscing ligula eleifend, sodales fringilla mattis dui nullam. Ac massa aliquet.
Roy Luther Rice, 93, of Hagerstown, passed away Wednesday, December 15th at Fahrney-Keedy Senior Living in Boonsboro.
 
Born August 30, 1928, in Chewsville, he was the son of the late Reno and Amy (Dibert) Rice. 

Roy was a 1946 graduate of Hagerstown High School.
After graduation, he began working for his father, Reno Rice and Sons Builders, which later became Rice Brothers Contractors. He later retired independently as Roy L Rice, Builder in 1993. 

Roy served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. 
He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church of Hagerstown where he was a member of the church orchestra.

Roy played the trombone for over 70 years and was a member of The Harmony Band and Hagerstown Civic Band where he enjoyed playing in parades and special events. Roy enjoyed boating with his sons, hunting and building custom furniture.

He was a member of the 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Masons, Ali Ghan Shrine and The Tall Cedars of Lebanon.

He is survived by his loving wife Phyllis E. Rice, two sons Steven B. Rice and wife Kathy of Hagerstown and Kevin L. Rice and wife Leisa of Cascade.

Bro. Karl L Pile

Stacks Image 82
Karl Lee Pile, 89, passed on to his heavenly father on December 18, 2021 at Doey's House in Hagerstown, Maryland. Born June 12, 1932 in Friedens, Pennsylvania. he was the son of the late Russell & Ruth Pile.

Karl worked the coal mines with his father as a child. He graduated in 1950 from Stoneycreek Township High School in Pennsylvania. He served his country 1952-1955 in the Army Security Agency stationed in Kenai, Alaska, as a Morris Code Expert, for which he had great pride.

On November 7, 1954 he married his love Patricia Coleman Pile and has celebrated 67 years of teamwork, love of God, family and service to the community.

After moving to Hagerstown in 1954 he, his father and brothers founded R.M. Pile and Sons in Cearfoss, Maryland where they manufactured Concrete Septic Tanks. He worked there until 1976 when he became an independent businessman as Owner and Operator of Karl Pile Septic Service in Hagerstown.
He was a loving supportive father who was very active in his children's lives. He was Past Chairman and Board member of BSA Troop 64 for 18 years, raising two Eagle Scouts. He is a member of the BSA Order of the Arrow. He served with Maugansville Little League, North Hagerstown Band Boosters, Washington County 4-H and Past President of North Potomac Band and attended a multitude of their events.

Karl was well known in our community. He was quick with a joke or long with a story, but left you with a smile, which will be missed by many. His Community Service was extensive and included over the years, Haven Lutheran Church Choir, Council, Sunday School Assistant Superintendent, Usher and multiple committees.

He joined Maugansville Ruritan Club in 1957 achieving 64 years of membership. There he served on many committees, was Past president and Zone 2 Potomac District Lt. Governor.
He was a founding and lifetime member of the Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Company and a past member of Maugansville Goodwill Fire Company. he was a also a member of Friendship Masonic Lodge# 84 for 64 years and the American Legion Morris Frock Post 42.