Joseph Douglas “Doug” Gardenhour, Sr., 72 of Greensburg, MD, went to be with his Lord and Savior on December 26, 2020 after a long battle with the Covid Virus.
Doug was born on August 24, 1948 in Waynesboro, PA, hospital. He was the son of the late Joseph Arthur Gardenhour and Alice Lou (Alexander) Gardenhour.
He married Barbara Ann (Deal) Gardenhour on November 30, 1968 at St. Stephens Reformed Church in Cascade, MD.
He was a dedicated member of St. Paul’s Free Lutheran Church in Leitersburg, MD. He was an Elder of the church and served his church in many other leadership roles.
He was a member of the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) and worked at Mack Trucks for 43 years.
Doug was a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Vietnam era. He was a member of Morris Frock American Legion post 42 of Hagerstown, MD, and former member of the Smithsburg Lions Club.
He was an EMT and served as Lieutenant for Community Recue.
His cherished memories were coaching his four son’s baseball teams and teaching the game of baseball for 13 years to area youth, helping boys in Big Brothers / Big Sisters, and being a Boy Scout Leader and being a member of the Order of the Arrow.
Doug and Barb have four sons, son J. Douglas Gardenhour, Jr. of Hagerstown and his son Tyler and wife Kayla and Tyler’s children Taelem, Isiah, Liam and Mary, son Matthew Gardenhour and wife Dawn and their daughter Reagan of Blue Ridge Summit, PA, son Rodney Gardenhour and wife Michelle and their son Blayne of Waynesboro, PA, and son Nathan Gardenhour and companion Brianna and Nathan’s children Madalyn and Jacob and Brianna’s children Mila and Adele. Doug is also survived by five sisters, Susan Gardenhour of Cascade, MD, Paula Eigenbrode and husband Terry of Waynesboro, PA, Etta Ingram and husband Jeff of Hagerstown, MD, Rose Mary Yetter and companion Dan of St. Mary’s, PA, and Jenny Barry and husband Glenn of Shippensburg, PA, his brother-in-law’s that were like the brothers he never had Jerry, Tim and Dennis Deal and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
A visitation will be held Sunday, January 3, 2021 at J.L. Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg, MD. The doors will be open from 9am – 5pm for the convenience of family and friends to pay their respects to Doug.
A Christian memorial service will be held at a later date and time to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Doug Gardenhour to St. Paul’s Free Lutheran Church, 21513 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Rd. Hagerstown, MD 21742.
Online condolences may be offered at www.jldavisfh.com.
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