Terry Lee Artz

June 28, 1944 ~ January 11, 2019 (age 74)

     Terry Lee Artz, 74, died peacefully in the presence of his loving family at Doey’s House on January 11, 2019.  He was the son of Joseph Carson Artz, Jr. and June Rebecca (Howell) Artz, and was born in Hagerstown.  He was gifted with natural athletic ability, and was the captain of the varsity baseball, basketball and soccer teams at Williamsport High School, where one of his coaches considered him “the most talented player he’d ever coached.”

     Shortly after graduation from high school in 1962, he began his 42-year career as an installer for Western Electric, which later became Lucent Technologies.  He traveled extensively with his position, often sharing a bed and his love of hard-boiled eggs with his coworkers.   His frequent traveling for work also led him and his partners in crime to many of the area’s premier golf courses, where he demonstrated professional tour level ability and competitiveness, as related by his playing partners.  His love of sports was never far from his mind, and after becoming a parent he translated his skill on the baseball diamond into a short, but successful, stint as a manager, whose teams consistently competed in post-season play.  He rounded out his career with Lucent on a high note, when, just prior to his retirement in 2005, he played an instrumental role in upgrading the telephone switching systems at Site R (The Underground Pentagon). 

     As much as he was a natural athlete, he was equally proud of his skill as a hunter.  He formed the “End Of The Trail Hunt Club” in 1975 with several of his close friends and relatives, and was an avid sportsman for the duration of his life.  He enthusiastically shared his love of hunting and the outdoors with his friends, children and grandchildren, and it may be considered one of his most enduring legacies.  His presence will also be missed at the Williamsport Redmen Tribe #84, where he enjoyed sharing good food and company with his family and friends.

      He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Johnna Frances (Armentrout) Artz, and he spoke of her with great fondness after her passing in early 2018.  His final days were spent in gentle interaction with his family and friends, and he reached “The End Of The Trail” courageously and peacefully. 

     He is survived by his sister, Constance J. (Artz)Young, brother, Alan C. “Buck” Artz, Sr., children (and spouses/partners) Wendy D. (Artz), partner Erik A. Kline, Tearza D. (Artz)Knode, husband Jeremy J. Knode, Terry M. Artz, wife Young Un Pak, and John T. “Tommy” Artz, wife Kendra N. (Martin) Artz, as well as his grandchildren, Hannah and Hunter Hamsher, Madison and Trevor Knode, Remington and Bryson Artz, and Jesse Carson Artz.  He will be remembered always for his unique way of inspiring all of us to be better versions of ourselves.  We’ll love you always, Dad.

     The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Doey’s House, 11370 Caring Pathway Lane, Hagerstown, MD 21742 or Hospice Of Washington County, 747 Northern Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21742, both of which helped our mother, father and family in ways that we can never repay.  We are deeply indebted to them for the amazing care they provide.

     Osborne Funeral Home, 425 South Conococheague Street, Williamsport, MD 21795 will be open on January 16, 2019 at 9 AM, for the convenience of family and friends, and the decedent’s family will receive guests from 6 – 8 PM that evening.  A private graveside service will occur the next day. Condolences may be made to the family via the Osborne Funeral Home website at

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