F. Harmon Furney – LBG #51

Frederick Harmon furney, 92, of Chillicothe, Ohio and formerly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, died Thursday, Jan 1, 2009 in Heartland Hospital, Chillicothe in Ohio. At his request, his body has been bequeathed to the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. Calling hours will not be observed. Military graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family in Greenlawn Cemetery. Known as Harmon, he was born July 26, 1916 in Gettysburg to the late J. Franklin and Alberta J Kime Furney. He graduated from Gettysburg High School in the Class of 1934, serving as its Valedictorian going on to attend Gettysburg College.  In 1937 he took the Civil Service examination and eventually was employed by the Post Office in Gettysburg.  On March 29, 1939 he married the former Marie Catharine Allen of Shippensburg, PA, who preceded him in death in 1979. He served in the United States Army during the Second Word War in the European Theatre attaining the rank of Master Sergeant. On August 5, 1980 he married the former Olive I. George who survives.  Also surviving are his son Robert E. Furney of Westminster, Maryland; step-children Jeanette Purdam, Rosemary (Charles0 Carter, Michael (Sharon) Debord; grandchildren Andrea Marie Furney, Frederick V Furney ad Monica Furney Goldstone all of Baltimore Maryland; Stepgrandchildren Krystal DeBord, Andy Debord, John Hollis, Tony Hollis, Jason DeBord, Sarah Debord, Susan Davis and Laura Carter; 3 great granchildren and 10 step great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Frederick Allen Furney; stepson, Charles Jerry Debord; and seven sisters. Fred retired in 1971 following 33 years of service as a postal clerk in Gettysburg whereupon he took up the full time profession of Licensed Battlefield Guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park.  He was originally licensed as a battlefield guide on August 22, 1951 and served in a part time capacity through his Post Office retirement twenty years later.  His badge number was 51.  He developed a wonderful reputation, often being called upon to take notable politicians on tours of the field.  He last guided in August of 1982 when he turned in his license and moved to Chillicothe where he passed away nearly two decades later.




In consideration of the services of The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides®, their officers,  agents, and members, and/or all other persons or entities associated with those businesses (hereinafter collectively  referred to as “ALBG”) I agree as follows: 

Although ALBG has taken reasonable steps to provide me with appropriate equipment and experienced,  skilled guides so I can enjoy an activity for which I may not be skilled, ALBG has informed me this activity is not  without risk. Certain risks are inherent in each activity and cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique  character of the activity. These inherent risks are some of the same elements that contribute to the unique  character of this activity and can be the cause of loss or damage to my equipment, or accidental injury, illness, or  in extreme cases, permanent injury, trauma and/ or death. ALBG does not want to frighten me or reduce my  enthusiasm for this activity, but believes it is important for me to know in advance what to be aware of and to  expect and to be informed of the inherent risks as reasonably as possible. Most programs will be conducted on  the grounds of the Gettysburg National Military Park (“GNMP”). The following describes some, but not all, of  those risks.

  • Tripping, slipping and/or falling on uneven, slippery and/or brush and/or leaf-covered terrain
  • Exposure to severe weather, including but not limited to: Excessive cold, heat and/or humidity, sun,  heavy rain, thunderstorms, lightening and/or high winds 
  • Exposure to stinging insects, poison ivy and/or poison oak 
  • Traffic on GNMP and public roadways adjacent and through GNMP, which may be heavy at times and  may include, but is not limited to: automobiles, buses, motorcycles, scooters, horses, horse-drawn  vehicles, Segways and bicycles 

I am aware that outdoors programs entail risks of injury, trauma and/or death to any participant. I  understand the description of these inherent risks is as complete as is reasonably possible, and that other unknown  or unanticipated inherent risks may result in injury, trauma and/or death. I agree to assume and accept full  responsibility for the inherent risks identified herein and those inherent risks not specifically identified but may  also occur. My participation in this activity is purely voluntary; no one is forcing me to participate and I elect to  participate in spite of and with full knowledge of the inherent risks. 

I acknowledge that engaging in this activity may require a degree of skill and knowledge different than  other activities and that I have responsibilities as a participant. I acknowledge that the staff of ALBG [and the  Staff of the Gettysburg National Military Park who are publicly available to all Visitors for information at no  charge] has been available to more fully explain to me the nature and physical demands of this activity and the  inherent risks, hazards, and dangers associated with this activity. 

I certify that I am fully capable of participating in this activity. Therefore, I assume and accept full  responsibility for myself, including all minor children in my care, custody, and control, for bodily injury, death or  loss of personal property [including but not limited to automobiles, other vehicles, pets, etc.] and expenses as a  result of those inherent risks and dangers identified herein and those inherent risks and dangers not specifically  identified, and as a result of my negligence in participating in this activity. 

I have carefully read, clearly understood and accepted the terms and conditions stated herein and  acknowledge that this agreement shall be effective and binding upon myself, my heirs, assigns, personal  representative and estate and for all members of my family, including minor children.

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