Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Robert McCune Means

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Robert McCune Means, 86, of Gaithersburg went home to the Lord, Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, at Montgomery General Hospital.

He was the devoted and loving husband of Elizabeth Means for 63 years. Born March 28, 1921 in Newburg, Penn., he was a son of the late Chalmers and Elizabeth Means.

He proudly served his country in the United States Navy in World War II and the Korean War. He retired from the Office of the Comptroller of the Army in 1976 after many years of successful civilian service at the Pentagon in Washington, DC and prior to that at the Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Penn.Mr. Means was an active member of Neelsville Presbyterian Church. He served the Lord faithfully for many years as elder, lifetime choir member, along with many other committee appointments and constant volunteer service.

He was a representative to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. He was passionately interested in missions, both local and international, including the Montgomery County Youth for Christ.

Over the years, he was actively involved in many community service organizations including the Kiwanis Club, Boy Scouts of America and found joy in participating in many local fundraisers to help those in need.Mr. Means was dedicated to his faith, his family and his friends and made it a lifetime practice of opening his home and heart to everyone around him. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and bowling and traveled extensively all over the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, is his daughter Kathleen Heckendorn and husband Marlin of Damascus; his son Michael Means and wife Helen of Sykesville; and his daughter Barbara Saulpaugh and husband Richard of Winston Salem, N.C. Mr. Means was blessed with five grandchildren, Kristi Ekman, Karen Thom, Jackie Means, Casey and Kelly Saulpaugh; and three great-grandchildren, Noah and Nathan Ekman and Kailey Thom. Mr. Means was also blessed for the last two years by a devoted and loving caregiver, Mariame Barry.

He was preceded in death by his sister Marjorie Martin of Gaithersburg and is survived by four sisters, Margaret Loy of Palm Harbor, Fla., Jeannette Taylor of Carlisle, Penn., Anne Hockersmith of Shippensburg, Penn., and Barbara Berkley of Berlin, Penn. and one brother, Chalmers Means of Otego, NY.A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 9, 2008 at Neelsville Presbyterian Church, 20701 Frederick Road, Germantown.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions in his name to Youth for Christ, Montgomery County, PO Box 371, Olney, MD 20830. Muriel Barber Funeral Home, Laytonsville, MD is handling arrangements.If you have a special memory of Bob Means that you would like to share with his friends and family, please go to and be a part of his online memorial.