David Wayne Hamrick, age 56, of Gettysburg, PA, died suddenly on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 in Gastonia, NC while preparing to return home from a visit to the area.
David, the third of five sons, was born on September 27, 1966 in Washington, DC to the late Rev. Kenneth C. Hamrick and Littie Mae (Oakes) Hamrick. David was a graduate of Catoctin High School, Class of 1984. He worked for 18 years as a supervisor for Thomas Weston Bakeries in Frederick, MD before starting his own trucking company, and then worked briefly for Quad Graphics in Fairfield, PA.
David spent his high school years working on two different dairy farms, was active in the Catoctin FFA and the Tom’s Creek 4-H where he showed his Brown Swiss heifer at local fairs. Throughout his life, he was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, and gardening, and was quite gifted as a carpenter and handyman. David enjoyed volunteering with the Brotherhood of Jungle Cock over the years, teaching youth how to fly fish. He was also a life-long fan of the Washington Redskins (refusing to accept the team’s new name).
David had a strong devotion and love for his family, and a tender and generous heart. Amid his health challenges over the past dozen years, David nurtured and maintained a strong Christian faith as an active member of St. John the Baptist Antiochian Orthodox Church in Lewistown, MD.
Besides his mother, Littie Hamrick, David is survived by his two beloved daughters, Kirstie Key and Kelsie Hamrick and their mother, Rebecca Hamrick; son-in-law, Nathaniel Key; future son-in-law, Sean Christie; two grandchildren, Branson and Jourdyn Key; his four brothers, Wesley Hamrick and wife, Kimberly; Father James Hamrick and wife, Pamela; Mark Hamrick and wife, Kristin; Jonathan Hamrick and wife, Kelli; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2023 on Stauffer Funeral Home, 104 E. Main Street, Thurmont, MD.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 18th at the funeral home in Thurmont by David’s pastor and brother, the Rev. Father James K. Hamrick. Interment will follow at the Eyler’s Valley Chapel cemetery near Emmitsburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to David’s parish, St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, c/o Jonathan Hamrick, 2510 Coach House Way, #1D, Frederick, MD 21702.