Rites Slated for Missing ABL Victims (29 April 1963)

Rites Slated for Missing ABL Victims

Two of Six Injured Released From Two Local Hospitals

Memorial Services for two of the three men killed in Saturday’s earthshaking explosion at Allegany Ballistics Laboratory, Rocket Center, W. Va., will be conducted tomorrow.

A requiem mass in memory of Chester R. Kenner, 27, Midland, will be celebrated tomorrow at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Midland, by Rev. John Sleeman, pastor.

Memorial services for Egil Ludvigsen, 29, of 8 Fourth Street, Oakland, will be held at 2 p.m. in St. Mathew’s Episcopal Church, Oakland, Rev. W. Shelby Walthall, rector, will officiate.

Service Held Today

Services for the third man, David L. Wright, 29, of 219 Walnut Street, Westernport, were conducted this afternoon at the Piedmont Pentacostal Holiness Church by Rev. Rex Coffman and Rev. Donald Marple.

The three men were missing following the explosion early Saturday morning and are presumed dead. The three were employed as explosive operators and were working in the chemical processing building which was destroyed by the blast.

Meanwhile, two of the six employes hospitalized with injuries as a result of the explosion have been discharged from the hospital.

Two Injured Released

Leo Wempe, 43, of 601 Oldtown Road, was released today from Sacred Heart Hospital, while Kenneth Trenter, 38, Rawlings, was released today from Memorial Hospital.

Still hospitalized in Memorial are Clarence Raley, 30, of Rawlings, and Bernard Keating, 28, Frostburg. Both men are reported in “satisfactory” condition. Patients in Sacred Heart Hospital are Dennis L. Yaider, 25, of 11 Humbird Street, and Billy Sundbye, 53, of 731 National Highway, LaVale. They are also reported as “satisfactory”.

Source: Rites Slated for Missing ABL Victims, Cumberland Evening Times, Cumberland, Maryland, 29 April 1963, p. 11.

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