Frederick Elwood "Fred " Kerstetter, Jr.
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OCEAN CITY—Frederick Elwood "Fred" Kerstetter, 69, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, after a long battle with COPD.
He was an only child born to Frederick and Ruth Kerstetter on March 11, 1943 in Berlin.
Mr. Kerstetter attended Stephen Decatur High School and then went on to graduate from Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. Mr. Kerstetter served with the United States Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis and then worked as a master plumber and contractor for 35 years, owning and operating Kerstetter Plumbing HVAC before retiring several years ago.
Mr. Kerstetter was a member of the Ocean City American Legion Post 166 and the MARKS Club. Over the years, he enjoyed building and flying model airplanes, deep sea fishing, surf fishing, hunting, golf, country music, cribbage, and he had a special place in his heart for poodles. His favorite fishing companion was his standard poodle "Tailer". He will always be remembered for teaching his children the meaning of love and the value of hard work. He will be truly missed.
Mr. Kerstetter was preceded in death by his parents. He was married to his soul mate Elfriede Kerstetter of Ocean City for 30 years; devoted father of Sherryl Olson and her husband, David, of Ocean City, Sheila Ketterer and her husband, Breit, of Westminster, Md; loving grandfather of Lara and Rick Angel, Breit, Brian, and Brandon Ketterer; and Britt, Eric, and David Olson.
A memorial service will be held at Atlantic United Methodist Church, 105 Fourth Street & Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City on Saturday at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21802-1733
Published in The Daily Times on Nov. 28, 2012