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In Memory


In Memory

John P. Buchman

September 1949- April 23, 2010

John was a veteran of the United States Army and served as a firefighter for Midway. He was a woodworker and owner of Winterhouse Furniture. John also served on the Doylestown Borough Council.

Frank “Bucky” Dunlap Jr.

1947- August 15, 2012

Bucky served as a Marine during the Vietnam War. Bucky also was a member of the Midway Volunteer Fire Company, and police officer for Doylestown Borough from 1973- 1976, and also for Doylestown Township from 1974 until he retired in 2004. He was also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

John G. Fetterolf

July 11, 1908 – February 25, 1968

Charter Member, President 1969-1972, Trustee, Fire Police Officer, Firefighter, and Deputy Fire Marshall.

Charles L. Gilmore

1936 – 2010

Charles “Charlie” L. Gilmore past away on Sunday December 26, 2010. Charlie was a firefighter and member of the Midway Volunteer Fire Company for 22 years and had also served as Assistant Chief. In addition to serving the Midway Volunteer Fire Company, Charlie served as the Post Master for Lahaska and served with many community and political organizations. He also organized and promoted the East Coast timing Associaion, which staged nostalgia drag racing events.

The members of the Midway Volunteer Fire Company would like express our deepest sympathies to his family on the passing of Charles L. Gilmore.

Richard “Rick” S. Gould

June 27 1951 – November 26 2013

Richard “Rick” S. Gould passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday November 26, 2013. He graduated from New Hope Solebury High School and later studied photo journalism and graphic design. Rick served as Midway Volunteer Fire Company’s photographer. Rick was also a member of Bristol Lodge No. 25, the New Hope Auto Show, and the Bucks County Herald.

Earl W. Hampton

1928- July 5, 2015

Earl W. Hampton of Forest Grove died Sunday, July 5, 2015 at Doylestown Hospital. He was 87 and the husband for 67 years of Pinky (Elliott) Hampton.

Born in Holicong, he was the son of the late Leonard and Estella Price Hampton.

Earl served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, having attained the rank of Seaman First Class.

He worked for over 40 years as a metallurgist at Standard Press Steel in Jenkintown and had the privilege of traveling for work to places like Japan, Puerto Rico, India and Mexico.

Earl was a lifetime member of Midway Volunteer Fire Company in Lahaska, a 50-year member of the Doylestown Masonic Lodge No. 245 F. & A.M., a member of the Scottish Right Consistory in Allentown, a Shriner of Crescent Shrine Temple in Trenton, a member of the Doylestown Moose Lodge No. 1284 and Doylestown Maennerchor Society, as well as a longtime member of Forest Grove Presbyterian Church.

He enjoyed woodworking and going on cruises with Pinky, which took them all over the world.

In addition to his wife, Earl is survived by his sons, Jim Hampton (Sue) of New Britain and Earl “Chip” Hampton Jr. (Debbie Johnson) of Tunkhannock; five grandchildren, Jason, Rebecca, Earl III “Bill” (Jodie), Kari and Kyle (Elin); his great granddaughter, Claire; as well as his sister, Ruth Barth of Florida. Earl was preceded in death by his daughter, Patty Jo Hampton, and his brother, Clarence Hampton.

Archie E. Keyser

July 23, 1887 – August 19, 1963

Charter Member, Trustee, and Fire Police Officer.

Frank H. Lake

July 2, 1880 – June 26, 1963

Charter Member, Fire Police Captain, and Trustee. Recipiant of the Distinguished Service Award.

Harold “Jack” Parks

1932 – May 22, 2015

Harold “Jack” Parks, Jr., of Lahaska, died Friday, May 22, 2015, at his residence. He was 86 and the husband of almost 29 years to Rebecca McPherson Parks. 

Born in Hartsville, he was the son of the late Clara Ewer and Harold Parks, Sr.. 

Jack served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict. 
He worked as a mechanic for the former Visqueen, in Flemington, NJ, worked as a self employed contractor with his father and most recently drove a school bus for New Hope and Central Bucks School Districts, until age 83. 

Jack was past president of Solebury Lions Club, past Commander of Doylestown Legion Post 210 and member of New Hope Legion Post 79.Jack was also very involved and was a lifetime member (65 years) with the Midway Fire Company in Lahaska. He was past chief of Midway Fire Co. and also a 30 year volunteer Solebury Twp. Fire Marshall, past president of Bucks County Fireman’s Assoc., Life member of Bucks County Fire Chief’s Assoc., Member of Bucks County Fire Chief’s and Fireman’s Assoc.Jack was also an owner/driver at Flemington Speedway as well as an avid Nascar fan. 

In addition to his wife, Jack is survived by his children: John Charles Parks, Donna Smutnik, her husband, Jim, Lorie Burd, her husband, Harry, Jennifer Stoy, her husband, Mike; his grandchildren: Matt, James, Robert, Andrew, Kyle, Jason, Jackie and Mikayla, as well as his sister: Mary Parks Myers, her husband, Lee. He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Lori.

John P. Reinhardt

APRIL 1, 1935 – NOVEMBER 2, 2014

John P. Reinhardt passed away Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 with his family by his side. John as born in Newark, N.J but was a resident of Furlong since 1973. John graduated from Scott Township High School in Montdale, Lackawanna County in 1953, John went on to graduate cum laude from the University of Scranton in 1957 and went on to graduate school at the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis.

John joined E.R. Squibb & Sons as a sales representative in Little Rock and Omaha; he retired after 43 years as the director of Operations Effectiveness for Bristol-Myers Squibb in Princeton, N.J.

John served in the U.S. Army Reserve in the 916th Surgical Hospital (Mobile Army) from 1953 until 1963.

He was an adult Scout leader for 27 years, retiring as assistant scoutmaster of Troop 59 in Buckingham. He and his wife were also active members of the Delaware Valley Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America.

John was a life member of the Midway Volunteer Fire Company for 30 years where he served as Treasurer and Captain of the Special Fire Police. He received numerous service awards during his time with the fire company. John was also a life member and past president of the Bucks County Fire Police Association. The Pennsylvania Fire Police Association named John “Fire Police Officer of the Year.” John was a member of the Bucks County Police Association and an associate member of the Bucks County Police Chiefs’ Association.

John was 32 degree Mason, holding dual membership in Lehigh Valley Day Lodge #813 in Macungie and Doylestown Lodge #245, F. and A.M. and was lodge chaplain. He was a member of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Allentown and sang in the Consistory Choir. John was also member of the York Rite bodies, Royal Arch Chapter Number 270, Mizpah Commandery Number 96 and Ancient Arabic Order of Mystic Shrine, LuLu Temple, Motor Patrol and the Southampton Square Club.

John was a member of Forest Grove Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder for many years. He also served as chairman of the board of Mount Gilead AME Church Association in Holicong. He was a member of the Franklin Horse Company (Buckingham) and the Union Horse Company (Doylestown.)

John, as a result of his participation in diverse organizations, made many friends. He treasured these friendships and was always ready to help a friend no matter what the situation.

John will be profoundly missed by all who spend time with him. We are Proud to have had John as a member of our family.

Robert “Bob” J. Rushton

August 10, 1931 – June 1, 2014

Robert “Bob” J. Rushton passed away on 1 June 2014 at Buckingham Nursing Home. Born in the home his grandfather built in Buckingham, Bob served over 66 years with Midway Volunteer Fire Company on many committees and as Trustee Emeritus until his passing. We lovingly called Bob “Pops” during his time as Trustee and will miss his insight and smile.

Bob loved playing bingo and was a member of Doylestown Presbyterian Church for over 50 years. Bob was also employed by CSS International for over 50 years.

Harold A. Shelly Jr.

1926 – 2011

Harold J. Shelly passed away on Thursday June 2, 2011. for over twenty years Harold was a volunteer firefighter and was a member of the Midway Volunteer Fire Company and the Glenside Fire Company. He was also a Navy veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. Harold was also a long-standing member of both the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus.

George R. “Smitty” Smith

December 23, 1935 – September 18, 2011

George R. “Smitty” Smith passed away on Sunday September 18, 2011 at his home in Fredricksburg, PA. In additon to being a memeber of the Midway Volunteer Fire Company, George served as the Fire Marshall and the Building Inspector for Buckingham Township. George also served as a veteran of the United States Navy in the Korean War.

For forty years George and his wife Midge owned and operated the Hentown Country Store in Peddlers Village, Lahaska. George and Midge were married for fifty-one years. George enjoyed SCUBA diving with his family and was a Revolutionary War re-enactor.

Gerald L. Taylor

February 25, 1940 – August 27, 2010

Gerry dedicated 40 years of his life to serving the community as a firefighter and Life Member of Midway and an EMT for Central Bucks Ambulance. He also served as a “Hot Shot” firefighter for the State Forestry Department of Pennsylvania.

Lewis Wilson

September 23, 1943 – June 16, 2011

Born on September 23, 1943, Lew served his country as a Veteran of the United States Army and served as a Special Agent of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for 28 years, where he was involved in fugitive apprehension. More recently, Lew served the Midway Volunteer Fire Company as a Fire Police Officer for the past 10 years.