Harold Small – LBG #30

Harold J. Small, 83, 45 Redding Lane, Gettysburg, died Friday morning, April 15, 2011 at his home, surrounded by his family.  He was born Jan. 7, 1928 in Gettysburg, the son of the late Jacob A. and Marie Redding Small. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara Hankey Small.

Mr. Small was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fairfield. Harold was a 1945 graduate of Gettysburg High
School.  Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during World War II, earning the World War II Victory Medal and the American Theatre Medal.  During the Korean Conflict, Harold served another tour of duty aboard the USS Saipan.

Harold was a rural mail carrier for 27 years, retiring in 1983. He was also a Licensed Battlefield Guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park for 40 years. He was a member of the Gettysburg Fire Company and the veteran fireman’s Smoke Eaters Club; a 65-year member of the Albert J. Lentz American Legion Post 202 of Gettysburg; a member of the World War II Last Man’s Club; and a member of the Gettysburg Eagles. He was a former member of the Gettysburg Elks and the Gettysburg Moose. Harold enjoyed ringing the bell as a Salvation Army Volunteer. He also enjoyed golf and fancied himself as an avid duffer.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Robert “B.J.” Small and his fiancée, Needy Beigh of Enola; Cindy L. Small of Gettysburg; Nancy B. Notarangelo and her husband Mark of Harrisburg; Joyce A. Small of Biglerville; a granddaughter, Abby Dehoff of Harrisburg; a sister, Elizabeth Foltz of Carlisle; and a brother-in-law, Glenn Hankey of Gettysburg. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Brandi Joy Small; a son-in-law, Gregory Coco; a brother, Wilbur Small; and a sister, Catherine Rudisill.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, April 18 at 10:30 a.m. from St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Fairfield, with Father Michael Massero celebrant. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg.  There will be a viewing Sunday evening, April 17 at Monahan Funeral Home in Gettysburg, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Fairfield, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Memorials can be made to Children’s Miracle Network, 611 St. Joseph Ave., Marshfield, WI 54449.


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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