Skip to main content

ALERT : Due to updated Covid-19 regulations, we are still requiring face coverings and social distancing. Please inquire about other restrictions regarding services and viewings.

Obituaries & Guest Book

Robert Garis Iseminger




Robert Garis Iseminger passed away unexpectedly from complications of a brain aneurysm on April 25, 2020. He was born on August 13, 1944 in Hagerstown, MD to Elsie Elizabeth (Rhodes) and William Garis Iseminger. On April 12, 1969 he was joined in marriage to Bonnie L. Moser.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Michael Aldine, sister Ellen Elizabeth Stahl and brother William R. Iseminger.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, daughter Heidi Sue Ross (Reagan) of Raleigh, NC, son Daniel N Iseminger (Karen) of Everett, PA, sister-in-law Shirley A Iseminger of Funkstown, MD.
Grandchildren Alexandra Grace Iseminger, Calvin Garis Iseminger and Abigail Claudette Iseminger.
Bob was a petty officer second class in the United States Navy from August 1962 until his honorable discharge on August 7, 1968. He served with the Unit Band #182 as a musician 2nd
class. In December 1965 Bob began his 37-year career with IBM; he retired in 2002 as an advisory engineer. His job took his family to Vestal, NY, where they lived for 26 years, with a 3-year
assignment in Boeblingen Germany. His career was notable for the number of IBM patents, including the ‘Iseminger Loop,’ that can be attributed to him. Bob’s passion was music. From an early age he committed to practicing his clarinet every day, that devotion continued right up until his passing. Bob was noted by his Naval superiors as a ‘prime candidate for the United States Navy Band and the Naval Academy Band’ the highest
compliment a Naval musician could receive. Bob performed with the Hagerstown Municipal band on a regular basis from 1960-1977 and again from 2003 until 2020 with “guest” appearances, when his schedule allowed, from 1977-2003. He, along with his daughter Heidi, was a founding member of the Vestal Community Band, he was a member from 1986-2003. Bob was a member of the IBM Band (Endicott, NY) from 1988 until it dissolved in 2001. He also played with the Southern Tier Concert Band from the 1990’s until 2003. Bob’s love of music is a legacy that has been passed on to his children and grandchildren. Bob loved the Washington Redskins, but more importantly cherished the bond he had with his kids based on their mutual love of the Redskins. He greatly enjoyed retirement and could most often be found pondering all things scientific; he embodied the spirit of an engineer. He took great pride in his yard but his heart was most full when he watched his grandchildren compete in sports or perform on the musical stage.
Private graveside services will be held Wednesday at Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that memorial donations be made in his name to: The Hagerstown Municipal Band ℅ Dawn Raynor, Treasurer 1256 Magnolia Court, Hagerstown, MD 21742.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD 21742.
Online condolences may be made to


Guest Book

So very sorry to hear of Bob's sudden passing. I went to high school with Bob and have many fond memories of him. His Sister Betty would bring me as a child to visit the Iseminger home in Funkstown....what a wonder, music talented family. Our prayers go out to you and your family through this difficult time. Mike and Linda

Linda (Stahl) Nye
Hagerstown, MD

Praying for the family of Bob to be comforted by warm memories and friends. A sudden departure from his dearest on earth, look forward to a regathering in a much better place.

James Stahl
Cumberland, 20

Lisa Whiteside
Warfordsburg , Pa

Let Us Help in Your Time of Need

Click Here