Wayne Wishard1

b. 26 December 1937, d. 1 October 2018
Wayne Wishard
Oct. 1, 2018
Wayne Wishard
Oct. 1, 2018
     Wayne Wishard was born on 26 December 1937. He died on 1 October 2018 at age 80; Wayne Wishard, 80

Wayne G. Wishard passed from this earthly life on October 1, 2018 as a result of Alzheimer’s Disease at Somerford Place his home for the last 3 years.
He was born on December 26, 1937 in Hagerstown, MD to the late Lena Moore and Glenn R. Wishard, the eighth of ten children.
He graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1955 and then with 12 other classmates joined the Armed Services. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 till 1958. He worked as an Electrician with Hub City Electric until he purchased it in 1964. Later he was co-owner of Flameless Electric Supply until his retirement in 2003 holding Master Electrician licenses in Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Fran Bowers Wishard whom he married on Dec. 28, 1957, a son Darren Wishard (Paula Dixon) of Hagerstown, MD, a daughter Kelli Wishard Nunnally (Paul) of Falling Waters, WV, and a very special family who were relocated here from Cambodia in September 1975, Ien Seng and Heng Ya Srun of Hedgesville, WV who they made part of their family. There are seven grandchildren Kelly Stiner (Mark) of Greencastle, PA; Laura Wishard Grove (Wade) of Falling Waters, WV; Steven Nunnally of Glen Burnie, MD; Andrea Nunnally of Falling Waters, WV; Marcie Srun McCormack (Jay) of Terre Haute, IN; Anita Srun Nelson (Chris) of Stewardson, PA; and Jonan Srun (Hannah) of Front Royal, VA; great grandchilcren Brandon, Olivia & Layla Stiner, Bryson Hutzell, Hannah Grove, Breanne Sikes, Wren, Jayne, Sunny, Casey & Claire McCormack, and Jackson & Coraline Nelson.
He is also survived by a brother Terry Wishard (Fredi) of Williamsport, MD; sisters Shirley Myers of Clear Spring, MD and Patricia (Sonny) Starliper of St. James, MD and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers Bob Wishard, Ronald Wishard, Joe Wishard and his sisters Margaret Michael, Thelma Grove Jack, and Betty Lou Wishard.
Wayne was a member of Zion Lutheran Church where he served on the Council and Chaired Property Committee, IORM Tribe #84 Redman of Williamsport, MD; member of APA, and a charter member of Beaver Creek Country Club where he could be found four days a week playing golf with the Little Gang.
His humor and kindness has been missed these last years when his illness prevented him from participating. He attended Ravenwood Adult Day Care in Hagerstown where once again he was much loved by all of the staff.
The family wishes to thank Somerford Place and their wonderful staff for Wayne’s care and support for Fran and children Darren & Kelli, CHIH Pam’s Christian’s agency whose many ladies gave such excellent care and dearly loved being with him especially Jeannie Knapp of Hancock, Healther Fondren & Kelli Hott of Falling Waters, and Hospice of Washington County.
The family will receive friends at the Osborne Funeral Home 425 S. Conococheague St. Williamsport, MD on Friday, Ocotober 5, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 pm. The funeral home will be open after 9:00 am on Friday for the convenience of family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church Williamsport, MD on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 11:00 am with Pastor Kim Nunberg officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date.
The family request the omission of flowers and instead a donation in his memory to Zion Lutheran Church 35 W. Potomac St. Williamsport, MD 21795; Hospice of Washington County 747 Northern Ave. Hagerstown, MD 21742; Alzheimer’s Disease Research Brightfocus Foundation 22512 Gateway Center Dr. Clarksburg, MD 20871, St. Jude’s 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105, Somerford Place 10116 Sharpsburg Pike Hagerstown, MD 21740 or any charity close to your heart.
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  1. Editor's Note
    Each Sunday, The Herald-Mail runs "A Life Remembered." Each story in this continuing series takes a look back – through
    the eyes of family, friends, co-workers and others – at a member of the community who died recently. Today's "A Life
    Remembered" is about Wayne G. Wishard, who died Oct. 1 at the age of 80. His obituary was published in the Oct. 3
    edition of The Herald-Mail.
    Wayne and Fran were joined by their children, grandchildren and their children's mother-inlaws
    on a cruise in 2012. In the front row, from left, are Olivia Stiner (with her back turned),
    Hannah Grove, Brandon Stiner, Andrea Nunnally, Bryson Hutzell and Steven Nunnally. In the
    second row, from left, are Kelly Stiner, Laura Grove, Kelli Nunnally and Betsy Dixon. In the
    back row, from left, are Mark Stiner holding Layla Stiner, Wade Grove, Wayne Wishard, Fran
    Wishard, Paul Nunnally, Paula Dixon, Darren Wishard and Judy Nunnally (now Hilliard).

    From humble West End roots, Hagerstown native Wayne Wishard traveled far and wide.
    Even more than that, thanks to his church's sponsorship of a Cambodian refugee family in 1975,
    Wayne's eyes and heart were opened to a completely different culture.
    His sense of humor and love of making people laugh were trademarks of his life.
    "That was what defined my father. He was funny. You never know what's going to come out of his
    mouth," daughter Kelli Nunnally of Falling Waters, W.Va. said.
    As the eighth of Glenn and Lena Wishard's 10 children, Wayne grew up in Hagerstown's West End
    with just the basics.
    Born in 1937, Wayne and his family moved a lot because they couldn't always pay the rent.
    His father worked a variety of jobs from the Civilian Conservation Corps to re-grooving tires to selling
    chickens in his own shop, anything to pay the bills.
    Wayne himself worked a variety of jobs. It was while working as a bike delivery person for Chatkins
    Pharmacy during high school that Wayne met Frances "Fran" Bowers.
    She worked the soda fountain, stocked shelves and whatever else was needed. Fran, who was two
    years younger, admits she didn't like Wayne at first, because he used to tease her about her
    That boyfriend went into the U.S. Marines and their relationship ended.
    Wayne graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1955 and went straight into the U.S. Navy, where
    he served for three years.

    He came home some weekends and started dating Fran. She said he was very affectionate and
    known for "big hugs and big kisses," but avoided public displays of affection and never held her hand
    in public.
    Building a life together
    About six months after Fran graduated from high school, she and Wayne got married, two days after
    his 20th birthday.
    With a year left of his service, Fran initially lived with her parents as a new bride.
    Wayne was stationed on the U.S.S. Ranger for its cruise from the East Coast around South America
    to the Pacific Ocean.
    Wayne wanted to stay in California and told Fran to quit her job and sell the car, which she did. He
    had a change of heart, though, and returned to Hagerstown.
    Both were unemployed for several months. With his Navy training as an electrician, Wayne started
    working for Hub City Electric, which Fran's father owned, until they bought the company from him in
    They moved into an apartment building owned by Fran's parents on Guilford Avenue and managed
    the building for them.
    Son Darren was born in 1959, followed by daughter Kelli. They graduated from Williamsport High
    School in 1977 and 1980, respectively.
    Wayne and Fran had a house built on Ontario Street in Halfway in 1962, the year Kelli was born.
    They raised their children there and after 29 years, sold it to Kelli and her husband Paul Nunnally.
    The Wishards sold Hub City Electric in 1971. Wayne's father lived about a year after he was
    diagnosed with colon cancer and his death left Wayne struggling.

    He was an independent factory representative until 1975, but didn't like missing his children's
    activities. Wayne became co-owner of Flameless Electric Supply from 1975 until his retirement in
    1975 was an auspicious year for the Wishards. Prior to buying into Flameless, they spent the bulk of
    the summer traveling cross-country with Darren and Kelli in an Airstream travel trailer.
    They drove west via the northern route and back east through southern landscapes, with stops to
    visit family.
    "It was a cool trip, memories of a lifetime," Kelli said.
    In retirement, Wayne and Fran bought a motor coach and covered a lot of miles in it.
    Golf, hunting and fishing were also favorite pastimes, allowing Wayne to be outdoors, which he
    Family grows in unexpected ways
    Under President Jimmy Carter, there was a need for help resettling Cambodian refugees to the U.S.
    after the Vietnam War ended. The Wishard's church, Zion Lutheran Church in Williamsport, Md.,
    sponsored several families, said son Darren Wishard of Hagerstown.
    The youth group was asked to help paint the house that was being prepared for the refugee family.
    As youth group leaders, Fran and Wayne led that effort.
    When the Srun family arrived in 1975, after escaping to Thailand, church members helped ease the
    move for Ien Seng and his wife Heng Ya, his parents, three sisters and one brother.
    It was about a year after their arrival that the Wishards helped the Sruns get a place of their own,
    that the families got close, Kelli said.
    When the refrigerator quit working, Fran sent Wayne to check it out.

    "And they've been there ever since," said Heng, who was the only family member who could speak
    English when they arrived in the U.S.
    The Srun family referred to Wayne as "Daddy Wayne" or "Pap."
    "Their first daughter was Dad's first grandchild. She was the first kid who called him Pap," Kelli said.
    "We didn't know we were enlarging our family."
    Ien had done diesel engine work in the Cambodian Navy, who had assisted the U.S. efforts in
    Vietnam. His life, as well as his family members, were in danger if they stayed in Cambodia, Darren
    The families bonded with regular time together. Sundays they went to church together, then back to
    the Srun home to watch "Tarzan" on TV and have lunch.
    Monday nights at the Wishard's included "Little House on the Prairie," and on Wednesday evenings,
    they cooked together.
    "He helped me a lot, the eight of us," Ien said.
    "At first I was kind of scared of him. He was a loud mouth man, but he was really a soft teddy bear,"
    Heng said.
    They got used to his sense of humor while learning American ways. Wayne put ketchup on
    everything, a habit that Heng picked up from him.
    The rest of Ien's family moved away, most to California, and Ien and Heng settled in Hedgesville,
    W.Va. They have a daughter in Indiana, one in Pennsylvania and one son in Virginia, but can't leave
    the Wishards.
    Wayne learned to love Cambodian food, in particular the pickled hot peppers and ginger used for

    Janet Heim

    Meals together, including holiday celebrations like New Years' in April, exposed the Wishard family to
    the culture and flavors of Cambodia, which they have incorporated into their own cooking.
    "We love them. They love us. It's not rocket science. We take care of these folks. We've been to their
    weddings. They've been to ours. It's been fabulous . . . Talk about a real life culture exchange,"
    Darren said.
    By the time he retired, Wayne was showing signs of forgetfulness. He thought it was age, but the
    family saw the signs of dementia and eventually Alzheimer's disease.
    Fran kept him home for about 10 years, then moved him to Somerford, which was near their home
    and allowed her to visit twice a day to feed him and put him to bed at night.
    "Dad enjoyed life," Darren said.
    "He was so blessed. Everybody loves him," Heng said.