Joseph Stewart "Buck" Zendgraft

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Joseph Stewart "Buck" Zendgraft, 97, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 at Lorien of Taneytown. Born Sept. 27, 1918 at his parent's home on John Street in Westminster, MD, he was the son of the late Albert Gloyd Zendgraft and Mary Elizabeth Buckingham Zendgraft. He was predeceased by his first wife Mary Elizabeth Bowersox Zendgraft in 1972 and his second wife Jane Freeman Zendgraft in 2003. His career started in Baltimore as a carpenter and then joined the Maryland National Guard Company H, 1st Maryland Infantry in 1937. He also served in the Army / Air Force until 1945. Upon discharge from the military he continued his career as a carpenter and then employed with Carroll County as a building inspector and ended his career with Rosewood State Hospital in the maintenance department. He was an active member with the 29th Division of the VFW Post No. 467 and the American Legion Carroll Post No. 31 where he held many leadership positions. He was a long standing member of St. John Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council No. 1393, where he was a Past Grand Knight. He enjoyed collecting Westminster memorabilia and sharing his knowledge of Carroll County with anyone that would listen. He also enjoyed traveling through-out the United States after he retired. He is survived by a daughter Patricia J. Zendgraft Will of Littlestown, PA, son and wife John S. and Wanda Gailey Zendgraft, of Westminster, grandchildren Richard F. Will Jr. of Westminster, S. Nickie Will and husband Michael Stephens of Finksburg, Andrew S. Will of Westminster, Christopher M. Zendgraft of NC, Timothy S. and wife Megan Zendgraft of Westminster. He was also survived by 10 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by 6 sisters and 4 brothers. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fletcher Funeral & Cremation Services, 254 E. Main St., Westminster. Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Father John Lesnick officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Westminster Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, feel free to honor our father, grandfather and friend with a donation to the or Carroll Hospice. Online condolences may be made at

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Fletcher Funeral & Cremation Services
254 E Main St
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 848 -7575
Published in Carroll County Times on Feb. 13, 2016
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