Douglas Childers Jr.

Douglas Childers, Jr. Douglas Childers, Jr., 64, of Ambler, PA died on Monday, June 18, 2012 of complications from liver disease. A lifelong member of the Ironworkers Local 401, he still found time to serve as a special agent in the FBI, a covert operative for the CIA, a professor or researcher for several prestigious colleges and universities here at home and in Europe and the former Soviet Union, and was among the pioneering protected witnesses in the Witness Protection Program. If he were writing this obituary, there would be unassailable facts and figures from multiple verifiable sources to back up these stories. In short, Doug was a master of the tall tale, the fish story, and the whopper. He was so good at making you believe him, that his beloved wife, Mary Anne Noon-Childers, would raise her right hand if the story were true and her left hand if it was one of his charming put-ons. In actuality, it would be left to one of his many friends and admirers to sing the praises of his true accomplishments, so sincerely modest and self-effacing was he. Doug was a member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Maple Glen, serving as Usher, spearheaded the Pancake Breakfast, Official Coffee Maker for Men's Breakfast, Factotum of the Car Wash and as one of the adult leaders of the church's Youth Mission program. He loved his church, its fellowship, and especially its young people - who in turn loved him back wholeheartedly. He was a Constable on Election Day at the polls, serving tirelessly until the last vote was counted. A member of the Rotary Club of Ambler, one of his proudest moments came when he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship from his club, an honor by which he felt sincerely humbled. Doug was enthusiastic about many things, among them boxing, a sport in which he himself competed in as an amateur in his youth. He said he could "walk iron like a cat" as an ironworker. Towering over Philadelphia, with nothing between him and Broad Street at 30 stories came as easily to him as his tall tales. But when he told his nieces and nephews that he built the tallest buildings in Philadelphia, he was not putting them on. His legacy is visible for miles! Doug leaves behind his wife Mary Anne, his son Doug Zettles of Tampa, FL, two grandchildren, and a great grand-child, his brother Dennis Childers of Pennyan, NY, and many, many friends and family who will miss his charm, warmth, and humor. He was predeceased by his father Douglas Childers, Sr. and his mother Merle Childers. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Saturday June 23 at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 919 Tennis Ave., Maple Glen, with gathering and greeting at 9:30 A.M. and Mass at 11:00 A.M. Donations may be made in his name to the St. Matthew's Youth Mission Fund, PO Box 3069, Maple Glen, PA, 19002.

Published in Montgomery Newspapers on June 22, 2012