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Chesley, James Sidney, Sr.
Birth: Wednesday, October 13, 1920
Residence: Indian Head, Maryland
Death: Friday, August 17, 2012 at the age of 91
Laid to Rest: in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland
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Chesley, James Sidney, Sr.,91, of (Pomonkey) Indian Head, Maryland.

On Friday, August 17, 2012 at Civista Medical Center in La Plata, Maryland.

Beloved husband of Eva S. Chesley; Devoted father of Dr. James S. Chesley, Jr. (Camille) and Rev. Dr. Joyce V. Chesley Hayward (Gilbert). Also surviving are four grandchildren, Lorene and Stephen Chesley and Jarreau and Jeremie Hayward; two sisters, Louise Washington and Geraldine Chesley; a brother, Francis Chesley (Phyllis), brothers-in-law, Walter Alexander and Alton Stuckey, sister-in-law, Lionella Houser and a host of relatives and friends.

Viewing, 4 to 9pm, Prayers 7:30pm, Thursday, August 23, 2012 in the Chapel of Thornton Funeral Home, P.A., 3439 Livingston Road, Indian Head, Maryland and on Friday, August 24, 2012 from 10am until the Mass of Christian Burial, 11am at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 30 Mattingly Avenue, Indian Head, Maryland.

Interment, Maryland Veteran Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland.

Arrangements provided by Thornton Funeral Home, P.A.

Hammer, William David, Jr.
Birth: Saturday, December 27, 1980 in Prince Frederick, Maryland
Death: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at the age of 31
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William David Hammer, Jr., 31, died in Broome's Island on August 15, 2012. He was born in Prince Frederick, MD on December 27, 1980 to William, Sr. and Terri Lynn Hammer.

He was educated in the Calvert County School system and completed his journeyman's training to become an electrician. He worked as a corrections officer for the Prince George's County Detention Center, spent two years working as an electrician in Iraq and at the time of his death had been employed by HLW.

Hammer loved "everything about the Chesapeake Bay." He also enjoyed playing pool and horseshoes, riding motorcycles and attending car shows. He was described as a "rabid" Redskin's fan.

He is survived by his mother, Terri Manley and her husband, Gary of Chesapeake Beach, MD; wife, Barb Hammer of Pittsburg, PA; sons Ethen and Landon Hammer and daughter, Caprice Hammer, all of Pittsburg. He is also survived by three brothers, Jason Hammer of Pt. Republic, Raymond Manley of Chesapeake Beach, MD and Cameron Hammer of North Carolina.

Arrangements provided by Raymond Wood Funeral Home.

05:00 PM to 07:00 PM, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012
Dunkirk Baptist Church

Funeral Service
07:00 PM Monday, Aug, 20, 2012
Dunkirk Baptist Church

Sage, Earl Abrose
Birth: Friday, June 06, 1941 in Blue Springs, West Virginia
Residence: Mechanicsville, Maryland
Death: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at the age of 71
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Earl A. Sage, 71, of Mechanicsville, MD died August 15, 2012 at Hospice House of St. Mary's in Callaway, MD. Mr. Sage was born June 6, 1941, in Blue Springs, WV. He was the son of the late Glen A. Sage and Lou E. (Heavener) Sage of Monterville, WV.

Mr. Sage retired from C&P Telephone Company where he worked as a Central Office Technician. He enjoyed boating, camping and loved to water ski in younger years. He was an avid fly fisherman and enjoyed fishing the rivers throughout his hometown of Monterville, Bemis, and Elkins, WV. He served as former President of BEMANCO, Golden Beach. He was a member of the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge 495 and the "River Rats" (you know who you are) of Golden Beach, MD.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carolyn S. (Strawder) Sage, Mechanicsville, MD and his beloved dog, Lily; son, Michael Todd Sage, Mechanicsville, MD; son, Darren Scott Sage (Lori), Bryantown, MD; daughter, Joni Lynn Smith (Tony), King George, VA; and Stephen E. Fringo, Mechanicsville, MD. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Tyler G. Sage (April), Mechanicsville, MD; Garrett S. Sage, Bryantown, MD; Ryan Myers, Bryantown, MD; Amber Sage Smith, King George, VA; Scottie Renee` Sage, Bryantown, MD, and great-grandson, Braylen Earl Sage, Mechanicsville, MD. In addition, he is survived by one brother, Ronald L. Sage (Nancy), Leesburg, VA; niece Kimberly Hoke (Kevin), Winchester, VA; great-niece Kaelin S. Soto, Winchester, VA; great-nephew Carlos R. Soto, Winchester, VA and several aunts and cousins.

A memorial gathering and service will be held from 2 - 4 PM and from 6 - 8 PM on Monday, August 20, 2012 at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's, P. O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Arrangements provided by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A.

Houck, David Lee
Birth: Thursday, February 11, 1960 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Residence: Lexington Park, Maryland
Death: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at the age of 52
Laid to Rest: in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
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David Lee Houck, 52, of Lexington Park, MD, passed away on August 15, 2012, at his home surrounded by family and friends. David was born on February 11, 1960 in Lancaster, PA to George Houck and Edith Fryberger Houck of New Holland, PA.

In 1978, David graduated from Garden Spot High School in New Holland, PA. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in September 1978 and spent 20 years honorably serving his country. He was honorably discharged in September 1998. During his career he received several medals including the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, and the Navy Expeditionary Medal. After his retirement from the Navy, he returned to work for the federal government as a Supervisor General Supply Specialist at Patuxent River Naval Air Station for the next five years. In June 1996, he married his beloved wife, Donna Jo Houck in Graceville, Florida.

David is a life member of the Association of Aviation Ordnancemen, the American Legion Post, Boy Scout Troop 48 for 12 years, and the Ebenezar Evangelical Congregational Church in Brownstown, PA. David was an avid sports fan, playing soccer in high school and while serving in the Navy. He loved the Phillies, the Eagles and the Flyers. He was also a fan of NASCAR. He took great pride in coaching his son, Alex, in football and baseball.

In addition to his parents and wife, he is also survived by his children, Gabrielle Marie Houck of Providence, RI and Alexander Lee Houck of Lexington Park, MD; his step-daughter, Justine Brieanna Woodburn (Scott) of Cincinnati, OH; his sister, Janice Elaine Hauck of Ephrata, PA, his niece, Jessica Bitner (Todd) of Ephrata, PA; nephews, Christopher Hauck (Sue) of Abington, PA and Steven Hauck of Randallstown, MD, one great nephew, Logan Bitner of Ephrata, PA and two great nieces, Avery and Cameron Bitner of Ephrata, PA.

Family will receive friends for David's Life Celebration on Monday, August 20, 2012, from 5 PM to 8 PM at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650 with prayers recited at 7 PM. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650; American Cancer Society, 1041, Route 3 North, Bldg. A, Gambrills, MD 21054, or the Patuxent River Monsters Youth Travel Baseball Team, P.O. Box 665 Great Mills, MD 20634.

Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Palko, Michael Joseph, Jr.
Birth: Saturday, February 17, 1940 in McAdoo, Pennsylvania
Residence: Dunkirk, Maryland
Death: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at the age of 72
Laid to Rest: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland
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Michael Joseph Palko, Jr., age 72, of Dunkirk, MD passed away August 15, 2012 at Burnett–Calvert Hospice House, Prince Frederick, MD. He was born February 17, 1940 in McAdoo, PA to Michael Joseph and Catherine (Potochny) Palko.

Michael was raised in McAdoo and Tresckow and educated in McAdoo and West Hazelton, PA. He entered the United States Army August 29, 1958 and served as a Nike Missile Site motor pool driver until being discharged as an SP4 on August 28, 1961.

Michael was employed as a photo lab supervisor with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for 46 years until retiring in 2002. Michael also had a variety of other jobs throughout his life including driving instructor, bus driver, motel receptionist, and retail positions with Giant Foods and Sears. Most of his career was as a professional photographer for over fifty years, specializing in portraits, weddings, school, sports and church events. He was also a photographer for Rosecroft, Ocean Downs and Freestate Racetracks taking photo finish, winner circle and PR photos.

He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church for over 35 years and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 7870. Michael was a life long sports fan enjoying football, basketball and baseball. His favorites were the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Yankees and Mickey Mantle. He coached his son's basketball team through Calvert County Parks and Recreation, and enjoyed playing softball, baseball and bowling with FBI teams and slow-pitch softball with the St. Anthony's team.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 50 years, Mary Palko, a daughter Monica Palko Furlow of Arnold, MD; a son Michael J. Palko III and his wife Julee of Gibsonia, PA; four grandchildren Blair and Ava Furlow and Joshua and Zachary Palko; two sisters Catherine Smolinksky of Beaver Meadows, PA and Rita Palko of Tresckow, PA and a brother Gabriel Palko of Tresckow, PA.

Arrangements provided by Rausch Fuenral Home.

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