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John Preston

January 8, 1929 — September 24, 2016

John “Hack” Preston, 87, passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at WMHS Regional Medical Center.

Born on January 8, 1929, in Frostburg, he was the son of the late Clarence William and Anna “Ethel” (Murphy) Preston.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Ruth A. (Lindeman) Preston; daughter Linda Kathryn “Kate” Preston McKenzie; son, Robert “Bobby” Preston; brothers, Rev. T. William ”Bill” Preston and wife Betty, Oscar L. Preston and wife Betty, and Owen Preston and wife Helen.

Hack was a member of the Frostburg Church of the Brethren. He was a veteran of the Korean War where he served with the U.S. Army and following his discharge, he was owner and operator of Majestic Bowling Alley, Hack’s Pool Hall, Hack’s Bar & Grill, and the Red Wing Lounge.  He was an avid Pirates and Steelers fan and was a member of the “Brothers of the Bush”.  Hack never met a stranger and always greeted people with a hug and kiss.  He loved telling stories of his Army days, his children and grandchildren and his love for Ruth.

Surviving are children John W. Preston and wife Cindy, Frostburg, Sandy Webber and husband Paul, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Donna “Duna” Preston, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Ruthie Folk and fiancé Kevin Carroll, Cumberland; son-in-law, Darrell McKenzie; grandchildren, Adam McKenzie and wife Jessica, Jennifer Sines and husband Johnny, Mandi Raley and husband Ryan, Jason Preston, Paul Webber II and wife Ely, Bryon Folk and wife Kayleigh and Jeff McKenzie; seven great grandchildren, Olivia, Nolan, Preston, and Brennan Raley, Ryleigh McKenzie, and Malia Sines and one on the way in April of 2017; a sister, Eleanor Wiebrecht and husband James; a brother, Jim Preston and wife Betty.

Charitable donations may be made to:

Durst Funeral Home
57 Frost Avenue, Frostburg MD 21532

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