D. Michael Vial
04/15/1952 - 04/15/2020
D. Michael Vial, 68, of Hanover, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at his home with his family by his side. He was the husband of Cindy L. (Stimer) Vial with whom he shared 42 years of marriage. Born April 15, 1952 in Gettysburg, he was the son of the late Frederick J. and Mary C. (Reaver) Vial. Mike was a 1970 graduate of Gettysburg High School, a 1974 graduate of York College and a 1977 graduate of the PA State Police Academy for Municipal Police Service. He was a Police Officer with the Hanover Borough from Jan. 1976 to Dec. 1977 when he accepted the position as Chief of Police in McSherrystown Borough in April 1978 to Dec. 2009 when he retired. Mike then continued as Security Supervisor at HACC in Gettysburg from Dec. 2009 to June 2014. He was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church in McSherrystown, McSherrystown Knights of Columbus, McSherrystown Home Assoc., McSherrystown Moose, Hanover Republican Club, McSherrystown Fish & Game Assoc., Green Springs Rod & Gun Club, York County FOP and the PA Chief of Police Assoc. Mike was a history buff, enjoyed attending his children’s and grandchildren’s events, and also spending time with friends and family. Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Lindey M. Colm and Stephanie L. Aumen and husband Joshua all of Hanover; four grandchildren, Mallory C. Topper, Sean P. Colm, Caylee M. Zortman and Brooklyn A. Aumen; and a brother, Charles L. Vial of Maryville, TN. He was preceded in death by a sister, Ginger Bupp. A Memorial Mass will be held at Annunciation Church in McSherrystown at a later date due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A memorial ride is planned for 11:00 am Saturday, April 18, 2020 beginning at SAVES, 5865 Hanover Rd, Hanover, PA 17331. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mike may be made Annunciation Church, 26 N. Third St., McSherrystown, PA 17344 or McSherrystown Borough Police Officer’s Assoc., 338 Main St., McSherrystown, PA 17344.
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Posted at:04/16/2020 6:06 pm
Cindy and family, so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you all.
Posted at:04/16/2020 9:09 pm
Sue Flaherty Myers
Cindy and family,
I am sorry for the death of a loving husband, father and brother. You have many great memories to hold dear and the love, support and prayers of family and friends. May God bless you and hold you tight during this time of adjustment.
Posted at:04/17/2020 7:07 am
Posted at:04/17/2020 7:07 am
Alan and Minnie
Cindy, Lindey and Steph please know you and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May your memories and love for Mike help you through this difficult time. ❤️❤️
Posted at:04/17/2020 9:09 am
Mike, you were a true gentleman and a fine police officer. We met so long ago at York College, when I was still stationed in Harrisburg and you were just beginning. It was obvious, even then, that you were going to be special.
Cp. Kenneth A. Zeisloft (ret.), Pennsylvania State Police
Posted at:04/17/2020 12:12 pm
I am so sorry to read of the loss of your brother.
Although I did not know him well, I see that he was active
in his community.
My thoughts are with you at this time.
I hope you are doing well and staying safe.
Posted at:04/17/2020 6:06 pm
Steve & Aimee Erb
Cindy and family, so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers.
Posted at:04/17/2020 8:08 pm
Kenneth L Null
Cindy: It has been many years since I've gotten to travel to Hanover from our farm in Georgia but you and Mike were often thought of and missed. I was deeply saddened upon learning of Mikes passing and Brenda and I want to let you know that we grieve with you as Mike and I were friends a long time. Keeping you in prayers Ken & Brenda Null
Posted at:04/17/2020 9:09 pm
My condolences for your loss. It was my pleasure to meet Mike last year.
Posted at:04/18/2020 12:12 pm
So sorry to hear of Mikes passing. His parents and mine were best friends in Gettysburg. I remember Mike and I playing together at his parents home, on York Street, when we were both very young. Mike was born 2 days after me in 1952. We both graduated in 1970 from Gettysburg Area High School. After graduation I lost touch with Mike.
My sincere condolences and my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Posted at:04/20/2020 2:02 pm
I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am glad I had the pleasure of meeting Mike. I guess God must have needed another angel. Rest in Peace Mike.
Posted at:04/21/2020 3:03 pm
Posted at:04/22/2020 1:01 pm
Joan Bucher Reeve
Hello Cindy and family,
I am a Class of '70 GHS graduate with Mike, and therefore already knew he was so nice.
I followed his career in McSherrystown through Gettysburg Times stories, and always admired his work.
After his retirement, he arrived at HACC while I was an adjunct there. I remember his bright shining eyes and warm happy smile when we chatted for a few minutes each time we saw each other. Seemed as though both he and Mike Redding, also a classmate and also in Security at HACC, always had time for this. What a good way to "measure the pulse" of the institution to be available like that.
Steve Niebler kept me updated on Mike's condition after I moved to Florida, and it was heart-breaking to think that such a good man should be struck down while he still had so much to offer.
Please know that had I been in the area, there would have been another car driving by your house last week!
You have my sincerest condolences.
Posted at:04/22/2020 1:01 pm
So very sorry to learn of Mike's passing. While we were out of touch following my move away from the area after high school, our mutual buddies kept me posted about his success in law enforcement and as a community leader. My best memories are of playing sandlot football and other sports during our high school days. Mike was a good, kind man and genuinely nice guy who remains an inspiration to all for the bravery he exhibited in battling his illness. I join so many others in mourning his passing and offering my heartfelt best wishes to his family.
Posted at:04/23/2020 5:05 pm
I just found out today about Mike's passing. Mike was probably my closest friend in Gettysburg since the late 1960s. We were co-workers at Fantasyland during the summers of our high school years. I have so many great memories of him, and just wanted to extend my condolences. I feel fortunate that Mike and I were able to get together for lunch in August of 2009. My prayers are with you and your family.