Robert S. Detweiler
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Federalsburg, MD—Robert Sterling "Ducky" Detweiler died March 13, 2013 at William Hill Manor, Easton, MD.
Ducky was born on February 15, 1919 in Trumbauersville, PA to the late Robert W. and Flora Levy Detweiler.
Mr. Detweiler graduated from Quakertown High School, Class of 1938 and came to Federalsburg in 1939 as a player on the Philadelphia Athletics farm team. Mr. Detweiler was a well known sports figure that involved baseball, basketball, and football, as an official, umpiring, and assignor of games. In his younger years, he played MLB for the then Boston Braves of the National League. He was a Veteran of World War II, Army Medical Corps. After serving, he returned to baseball as player/manager for the Athletics Minor League teams retiring in 1952. He finished his employment as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring after 20 years of service.
He was a active member of his community; with memberships including Immanuel Lutheran Church in Preston, MD; the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Co. since 1951; founding member Federalsburg Historical Society; American Legion Post #243, Hurlock, MD; Quakertown Lodge #512 F.A.M since 1943; life member Loyal Order of Moose Quakertown Lodge#1622; inducted Pennridge Quaker Hall of Fame, Quakertown, PA in 1992; life member Association of Professional Ball Players of America, Placentia, CA; MLB Player's Alumni, St. Petersburg, FL; Boston Braves Historical Association, Chestnut Hill, MA; inducted Eastern Shore Baseball Foundation Hall of Fame in 1995; Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society, Hatboro, PA; life member International Association of Approved Basketball Officials; and a life member Delmarva Football Officials Association.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, the former Jean Cahall, whom he married on June 17, 1944 of Federalsburg, MD, his daughter Gina Detweiler McConnell and her husband Dufferin of Preston, MD; 2 granddaughters and their husbands, and 2 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 1 brother, Charles H. Detweiler and 1 sister, Ruth D. Hendricks.
Funeral services were Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Preston, MD.
For more information please visit www.williamsonfunerals.com.
Published in The Daily Times on Apr. 6, 2013