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Melvin Bostian Jr.


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Melvin Bostian Jr. Obituary
Mr. Melvin Stanley "Pete" Bostian Jr., 70, of Emmitsburg, entered eternal rest on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at his home after an extended illness. Born September 15, 1943 in Frederick, he was the son of the late Melvin Stanley Bostian Sr. and Rachael Victoria Valentine Bostian Myers of Detour. He married Deborah Ann Dec Bostian on November 13, 1971.

Mr. Bostian's neighbors in Detour, Loren Kyle and Marion Sophia Austin, were very close to him and treated him as another son. Upon his father's death in 1953, this bond grew even closer and they helped his mother raise him. The Austin family continued to be a part of his family throughout his life. Later in life, he was also close with his stepfather, Guy Dennis Myers of Westminster, who loved Mr. Bostian's sons as his own grandchildren.

Mr. Bostian was a member of Keysville Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Francis X. Elder Post #121 American Legion, Emmitsburg. He attended Elmer Wolfe School and Francis Scott Key High School, Union Bridge, and went on to study mathematics on scholarship at Western Maryland College, where he graduated with honors. After studying at the University of Maryland, he served in the United States Army and became a computer programmer. He worked in several positions as a programmer before moving to Frederick. While in Frederick, he worked for Litton Industries and Data Management Services at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research at Ft. Detrick. He also worked with the Interagency Data Processing Authority for Frederick County government, where he helped lead the county's adoption of computer technology in the 1970's. A longtime resident of Braddock Heights, he retired as Director of Computer Services at the laboratory in 2010 and moved with his wife to Emmitsburg.

Mr. Bostian had many interests over the course of his life. He owned and restored several classic automobiles before becoming interested in woodworking and furniture building. As he neared retirement, his woodwork lead to an interest in antique tools. He became a member of Early American Industries Association Inc. and Mid-West Tool Collectors Association Inc. He enjoyed visiting the various auction sales in the area with his cousin, Doug Bostian, where they made many friends and lent their expertise in identifying and grading the tools on offer there. Throughout his life, Mr. Bostian enjoyed reading; he read several newspapers each day and subscribed to many journals relating to his other interests. He also had a lifelong love of travel, which he preferred to do on back roads between small towns. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and enjoyed making furniture for them and their dolls.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Kyle Bostian and wife Becky of Frederick; Jeffrey Bostian of Keedysville and Michael Bostian of Westminster; 2 granddaughters, Rachael and Sophia Bostian; stepsister Betty Valentine and husband Sam of Taneytown; stepbrother, Dennis Myers and wife Linda of Rockwood, TN 2 aunts, Agnes Valentine Zimmerman of Frederick and Thelma Austin Baltzell of Union Bridge; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 9 at Keysville Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7301 Keysville Rd., with Deacon Charles E. Barnhart, his pastor, officiating. Private interment will take place at a later date at Keysville Union Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Hartzler Funeral Home, 6 E. Broadway, Union Bridge, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, January 8.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to one of the following: Keysville Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7301 Keysville Rd., Keymar, MD 21757; the Debbie Bostian Family Involvement Fund at the Community Foundation of Frederick County, 312 E. Church St., Frederick, MD 21701 or Hospice of Frederick County, P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, MD 21702.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.hartzlerfuneralhome.com
Published Online in The Frederick News-Post on Jan. 7, 2014 Published in Print in The Frederick News-Post on Jan. 7, 2014
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