Robert Hammond, 76, raised horses on farm

July 20, 2002

Robert Hammond, 76, raised horses on farm in Towson

Robert J. Hammond, a retired road construction worker who with his wife managed a horse farm in Towson, died Wednesday of emphysema at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. He was 76.

The longtime Hillendale resident was born in Baltimore, and grew up in the Keedysville area outside Hagerstown. As a youth he went to work on his grandfather's dairy farm in Keedysville and eventually helped run it.

During World War II he served in the Army as an infantryman from 1945 to 1947, and was stationed in Italy, Germany and Austria.

After his discharge, Mr. Hammond went to for work for Bestern-Long, a road construction firm in Hagerstown.

He moved to Towson in the mid-1950s and continued in to work in road construction for the next 25 years at Williams Construction Co. He was a truck driver for Mid-Atlantic Toyota until his retirement in the late 1980s.

Since retiring, he and his wife of 35 years, the former Jean McConnaughy, have managed a small horse farm on Providence Road in Towson. They leased the grounds, where they specialized in raising American Quarter Horses for show and trail riding.

Mr. Hammond belonged to the American Quarter Horse Association and the Redman's Organization, a social club im Hagerstown.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Ruck Funeral Home in Towson, 1050 York Road.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five sons, Allan C. Hammond, Howard Leon Hammond and Lauren R. Hammond, all of Hagerstown; Ronald G. Hammond of West Virginia and Gary Ford of Towson; a stepsister, Shirley Stevens of Hagerstown; 11 grandsons; and seven great-grandchildren.

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