Steve L. Shatzer, 57, of Lineboro, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at home after a brief illness.
Born Dec. 31, 1955, at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Washington, D.C., he was the son of Peggy Gist, formerly Shatzer and the late Harold Bruce Shatzer. He was the husband of Colleen "CJ" Stiles, his wife for more than 20 years.
He was a 1974 graduate of Westminster High School. He had worked with the Muller family farm and then with the Gist concrete business. He joined the Westminster Police Department in March of 1982, moving up in rank to sergeant in 1994 and lieutenant in 1999. In 1987, he started the departments' K-9 unit. He retired from the department on Dec. 31, 2005.
He was known as "Pop-Pop" to his subordinates and was a two time recipient of the department's Medal of Valor. After retiring from the Westminster Police Department, he worked for Carroll Gross Trucking for several years and briefly for C.J. Miller, Inc.
He enjoyed his friends, dogs, woodworking, riding his Harleys and was a former member of the Blue Knights IX, based in Sykesville.
Surviving, in addition to his mother and wife, are daughter Jessica D. Shatzer and companion Randy Lutman, of Hanover, Pa.; sisters Darrell Bowers, of Hanover, and Kimberly Smallhorn, of Greencastle, PA; a brother, Bruce Shatzer, of Westminster; stepmother-in-law Willie Stiles, of Newport, Tenn.; stepsister-in-law Lori Hyder Carter, of Mooresburg, Tenn.; stepbrothers and sisters-in-law Tom and Jackie Hyder, of Woodbine, and David and Eddie Hyder, of Silver Spring; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the time of service, 3 p.m. Sunday at Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Carroll Hospice's Dove House, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157; or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 75817, Topeka, KS 66675 or www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate
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