We Remember Those We Have Lost

Ronald William Haslam

OCEAN PINES – Retired Ocean City Police Officer Sgt. Ronald William Haslam died quietly in the arms of his wife at their home in Ocean Pines. Kristin and Ron have been married for over nine years, but they first met in 1978 when they were both seasonal officers on the Ocean City Police Department.

He was born in Baltimore and graduated from Overlea High School in the class of 1965. The following year, Ron joined the United States Air Force with his fraternity brother, Jerry Harlowe.

During his service, he served two tours of Vietnam which ended when the aircraft he was the flight engineer on was shot down over Cambodia. After his recovery and separation, Haslam taught English on Guam Island. Back home, he earned an AA Degree at Essex Community College.

He joined the Ocean City Police Department in 1978 where his natural talents and manifold training lead him to become an outstanding officer, detective, mounted officer and other positions too numerous to detail.

If you knew Haslam, you knew exactly where he stood on the law, politics and any other facet of life. He had an opinion and was never afraid to share it. That included the feelings he had for friends, family and people from all walks of life who met this special officer.

His favorite assignment as an officer was the mounted patrol where his favorite steed, Buddy, was his work partner for years

As a board member, he was very active with the planning and development of the Worcester County Veteran’s Memorial, an active and enthusiastic member of the Ocean City Lion’s Club, where he served as an officer and was instrumental in promoting the "Alert Program." He was also a life-time member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

He departs this world as the beloved son of his deceased parents, William and Margaret Haslam of Baltimore, as brother to three sisters, Marian LeHuquet, Lillian Dillman and Sonya Freeman, and brother-in-law to their husbands, and uncle to their children all. He also leaves his son Brian Fish, Brian’s wife Raquel, and their two sons, Brian Douglas and Troy Alexander.

Based on his personal wishes, his wife has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be directed to the Four Step Therapeutic Riding Academy at 5367 Sixty Foot Road, Parsonsburg, Md. 21849.

An open celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 27 at the Ocean City Lions Club at 12534 Airport Road in West Ocean City. Arrangements are being handled by the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

Dorothy Elizabeth Yanek

OCEAN CITY – Dorothy Elizabeth Yanek, "Dot", age 89, died Thursday, May 28, 2009 at her home in Ocean City.

Born in Hurlock, she was raised in Oxford and was the daughter of the late Anthony "Tony" Saunders and Margaret Ford Saunders. She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor C. Yanek, in 2007 and by her son, Charles Henry Hardin, IV, in 2002.

Yanek had been the owner of the 46th St. Grocery Market and owned and operated apartments in Ocean City. She and her late husband had been active in real estate investments and sales for many years. She was an avid bowler and member of the Traveling League and the Monday Morning Early Birds in Ocean City.

She is survived by her great nieces, Marcia Susan Lafitte and her husband Wayne of Corinth, Mississippi and Donna Kimberly Brooks and her husband John of Ocean City; three great-great nephews; and two great- great nieces. She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary A. Leinsz.

Services were held. Donations may be made to the Ocean City Paramedic Foundation, PO Box 3099, Ocean City, Md. 21843 or Friendship United Methodist Church, 10537 Friendship Rd, Berlin, Md. 21811.

Russell Aubrey Savage

OCEAN CITY – Russell Aubrey Savage, age 85, died Thursday, May 28, 2009 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.

Born in North Carolina he was the son of the late Russell A. Savage, Sr. and Mattie Culberson Savage. He is survived by his wife Vivian D. Savage. Savage had worked for many years an auto mechanic.

Along with his wife, he is survived by his son, Tom R. Savage of Ocean City;

his stepson Rickie Gilland and his wife Barbara of Georgia; his stepdaughter, Bonnie C. Gilland of Ocean City; one brother, Melvin Savage and his wife Barbara of Georgia; one sister, Francis Shook of North Carolina; four grandchildren, Aubree, Michael, Nicholas and his wife Veronica, and Ashley; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 5, 2009 at 1 p.m. at St. Matthews By the Sea United Methodist Church in Fenwick Island, Del. Interment will be private. Arrangements are being handled by the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

Doris Eileen Volker

BALTIMORE – On June 3, 2009, Doris Eileen (nee Megay), of Baltimore and Ocean City, died.

She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas R. Volker; devoted mother of Donna and her husband C. David Copenhaver, Patricia and her husband Brad Houck; dear sister of June Ulrich, Sharon Huber; cherished sister-in-law of Mildred Volker; loving grandmother of five; and great grandmother of four.

Family and friends will honor her life at the family owned Evans Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services in Parkville at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 6.  Interment Gardens of Faith Cemetery.  Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Cancer Center at Good Samaritan Hospital, 5601 Loch Raven Blvd. Baltimore, Md. 21239.