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Hugh Hammond Schindel


Private- Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 1:30 PM


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Hugh Hammond Schindel on January 11, 2021, and rejoice that a child of God has gone home. He died surrounded by his family and in the arms of those who loved him.

Hugh was born on February 27, 1942 in Hagerstown, MD and spent his childhood in Halfway. He was a 1960 graduate of South Hagerstown High School. Hugh was a member of the Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren.

Hugh is survived by his wife and best friend of 58 years, Rayetta, and their three sons, Hugh (Rusty) Schindel II and wife Sherri, Kyle Schindel and wife Kelly, and Matthew Schindel and wife Maria. He also had 6 grandchildren: Amy Anand and husband Gagan, Benjiman Schindel and wife Samantha, Levi Schindel, Ellen Schindel, Anna Schindel, and John Schindel. He had two great-grandchildren: Kiran Anand and Wesson Schindel. 

He is also survived by his brother Michael Schindel and wife Victoria, sister-in-law Vicki DeArmey, sister-in-law Rebecca Collinson, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his father John R. Schindel, Jr., his mother Laura Virginia Hammond Schindel, and his brother John R. (Jack) Schindel III.

From a very young age, Hugh was involved in business. He sold Christmas trees at the South End Shopping Center for 26 years. He, along with his brother Jack, owned and operated The Martha Washington Candy and Ice Cream Shop. He was the longtime owner of the Antietam Paper Company as well as numerous car washes in Maryland and Pennsylvania. He always involved his sons in the businesses and enjoyed working alongside them.

Along with several other businessmen, Hugh acquired the Hagerstown Suns. That group went on to acquire the Frederick Keys, Delmarva Shorebirds, Bowie Baysox, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, York Revolution (Pennsylvania), Lancaster Barnstormers (Pennsylvania), Camden Riversharks (New Jersey), and Sugar Land Skeeters (Texas). Hugh loved minor league baseball because it gave him the opportunity to meet so many wonderful local people, celebrities, and even take in several games with the President of the United States.

Hugh was also past treasurer of Valley Little League, Washington County Junior League Football and CSL Athletic Association.

There will be a private family service on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 1:30 PM officiated by Rev. Gabe Dodd, for those wishing to view the service, it will be live streamed at The family intends to host a celebration to honor Hugh's life in the months following the end of the current pandemic. The family extends a special thank you to the staff at Williamsport Retirement Village for all they do daily, not only for the family but also the entire community. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Guest Book

Rayetta & family So sorry to hear about Sandy’s passing. He will be missed by all who knew him. May many wonderful memories carry you through this sad & difficult time. Diane & Family

Diane Brining
Hagerstown, Maryland

Rayetta and family, I am so sorry to hear of Hugh’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Donna

Donna Linn
Hagerstown , MD

Rayetta and family, Our thoughts and prayers go out for you and your family. Our family truly enjoyed your visits to the blue crabs and the opportunity to get to know and visit with you and Hugh. Our son Josh enjoyed working for you as your first box office and gate manager and always spoke in great appreciation and admiration of the two of you. We considered our times together there special. I am sure Jesus is enjoying time with Hugh rooting for minor leaguers everywhere. We are praying for God to send you comfort and reminder of special memories. God Bless you and comfort you. Greg, Becky , Josh , Jess and Caleb Cockerham and your friends at Community Bank.

Greg and Becky Cockerham
LaPlata, MD

Rayetta, Bob and I were so sorry to hear of the loss of Hugh. Reading his obituary, I can see that he lived a wonderful, full life with 58 of those years spent with you by his side. We loved hearing about all of the adventures you two enjoyed when we had the pleasure of your company. Our condonlences to you, Rusty, Kyle, Matthew and the rest of your loving family. Sending lots of Hugs and Prayers your way. Love Bob, Christina, Ariane and Daniel

The Frantz's
Smithsburg , Md

Kyle, Kelly and Levi, Our hearts are heavy to hear of the loss of your father and grandfather. Hugh was a loving, kind, quiet man who walked with a air of peace and warmth that we're sure came from his faith and love of family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all today. Love Bob, Christina, Ariane and Daniel

The Frantz's
Smithsburg , Md

Rayetta and family. We are so very sorry for your loss of Hugh. May your cherished memories bring comfort during this difficult time.

Robin and Steve Brooks
Hagerstown, MD

So sorry to hear about Hugh’s passing. We are praying for you and all your family. May God give you comfort at this most difficult time.

Joan and Eddie Ashbrook
Hagerstown , Md

Rayetta and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Hugh was a true gentleman who will be missed by the many who were fortunate enough to know him over the years.

Tom and Lisha Bikle
Boonsboro , Maryland

Rayetta and family so sorry for your loss Hugh was a good guy in school as well throughout his life Rayetta you two were meant for one another it was so obvious to we who knew you both I am thinking of

Gail colliflower
Hagerstown, Maryland

Rayetta, I’m thinking of you both; so many fond memories and amazing conversations during my ODP years...the best were always behind closed doors! I recall the jokes, laughs and sarcasm that looking back showed how much you both loved each other. Time took a good man, but he left a lasting impression on so many. Rayetta thanks for sharing him with us and may he rest in peace...

Neil Fortier
Cleveland, OH

Rayetta, My thoughts are with you. I will always cherish my time with Hugh in SOMD. He taught me more than he ever knew. Patrick

Patrick Day
Peoria, Arizona

Hugh's passing is such a loss for us. We have many fond memories of Hugh - spending every Thanksgiving with us in Dallas for the past twenty years, celebrating weddings and the births of grandchildren, traveling to Greece and on cruises... While these days will be difficult, we are filled with gratitude for having shared in Hugh's bright life that was filled with love, joy, and generosity. We send our deepest sympathy, healing prayers, lots of love, and comforting hugs to all of his family and especially to his beloved wife Rayetta, three sons, and cherished grandchildren. May his memory be eternal.

Fay and George Charalambopoulos
Dallas, Texas

Sorry for your loss, may your memories get you through this difficult time.

Susan Lardizabal
Hurley, Mississippi

My sincere condolences, Rayetta! My love, thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time! Please give me a call when you get a chance. 301-991-4858

Sue (Poole) Smith
Hagerstown, Maryland

Rayetta, thinking of you and your family as you celebrate Hugh’s remarkable life. He taught me so much when he would attend Lancaster Barnstomers games. Keeping us on our toes for sure. Wishing you comfort and peace during this time Maureen

Maureen Wheeler
Lancaster, PA

I feel like I’ve known Hugh my whole life because Rayetta and he started dating throughout my young teenage years. He was truly a big brother to me. When I was in high school we did a Sunday paper route together so I could earn a little pocket money. Hugh was a very caring and sensitive man. We will miss his quiet spirit and dry humor. I send my deepest condolences and love to Rayetta, Rusty, Kyle, Matthew and their families at this time. Vicki

Vicki DeArmey
Columbus, Ohio

As a young teenager, Mr. Schindel instilled in me many life lessons as I worked at the Baltimore Street and Dual Highway car washes to include the value of hard work. He was passionate about his work and always seemed to be looking for the next project or challenge. Hagerstown and surrounding communities shall certainly miss his presence. Prayers to Mrs. Schindel, Kyle, Rusty, Matt and the extended family for continued strength, peace and comfort as you mourn your loss and celebrate the life you shared with Mr. Schindel

Jonathan Gift
Aledo, Texas

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