Hagerstown, Md.

Gary A. Naugle, 78, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away unexpectedly on April 26, 2021, at his residence.

He was born Aug. 18, 1942, in Potsdam, New York, and was the son of the late Robert and Ethel Naugle. He spent his childhood years in Bedford.

Gary was a 1960 graduate of Bedford High School. He also graduated from the Thaddeus Stevens Trade School and James Rumsey Technical Institute. He served in the Army from 1964 until 1967 and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant. He worked for Grove Manufacturing Co. as an engineer, retiring after 30 years.

Gary was preceded in death by his wife, Rebecca Naugle, in 2003.

He was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 211 Funkstown, Hagerstown Lions Club and Elks Lodge #378. He was an inveterate volunteer having served in many organizations in Washington County.

Gary served more than 25 years with Big Brothers & Big Sisters. While serving with Big Brothers, he became the mentor to young man named Cory. It was a good match, and Gary was able to lead Cory in the right direction. Cory is now a minister at a local church.

Gary was a lifetime member (14 years) of Community Rescue Service. He served 15 years with the Commission on Aging’s “Meals on Wheels” program, 16 years with the Community Free Clinic, and volunteered at the Reach Cold Weather shelter. He was also an instructor for the American Heart Association. Over his lifetime, Gary donated 27 gallons of blood. He was a licensed practical nurse for many years and has donated his body to the Maryland Anatomy Board.

Most sadly, Gary leaves behind his longtime loving companion, Karin Engstrom, of Hagerstown; a sister, Carol Clapper, and husband of New Hope; a niece, a nephew and cousins. He was loved and respected by all, and touched many lives. His faith gave him strength to serve others, and he will be missed by all who knew him. May he rest in heavenly peace.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 22, 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 24 East Baltimore St., in Funkstown, Md. Please wear a face mask and observe social distancing. The service will also be available via livestream on the church website at The family will receive friends at the church from 10 to 11 a.m.

Memorial donations can be made to Doctors Without Borders USA, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030.

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