Robert S. Detweiler

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FEDERALSBURG, MD - Robert Sterling Detweiler "affectionately known as Ducky for over 75 years" passed away Mar. 13, 2013 at William Hill Manor, Easton with his family by his side. Ducky was born on Feb. 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 moved to Federalsburg, MD in 1939. Mr. Detweiler was a well known sports figure in the area that involved baseball, basketball, and football, as an official, umpiring, and assignor of games. In his younger years, he played Major League Baseball for the then Boston Braves of the National League. He was a Veteran of World War II, Army Medical Corps. After serving his country, he returned to baseball as player/manager for the Athletics Minor League teams retiring in 1952. He ran a local tavern called "Ducky's Tavern" from 1960 to 1969 which he took over from his father-in-law. He finished his employment days as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 1984 after 20 years of service. He was a very active member of his community; with memberships including Immanuel Lutheran Church in Preston, Md.; the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Co. which he joined in 1951 and served as Past Chief and was a member for 62 years; American Legion Post #243 of Hurlock, Md.; Quakertown Lodge #512 F.A.M. and has been a member since 1943; a life member of the Loyal Order of Moose Quakertown Lodge#1622 inducted in 1939; Pennridge Quaker Hall of Fame in Quakertown, Pa. inducted in 1992; Association of Professional Ball Players of America Life Member of Placentia, Calif.; Major League Baseball Player's Alumni of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Boston Braves Historical Association in Boston, Mass.; the Eastern Shore Baseball Foundation Hall of Fame inducted in 1995 in Salisbury, Md.; Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society of Hatboro, Pa.; a life member of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials; a life member of the Delmarva Football Officials Association; a founding member of the Federalsburg Historical Society and he was a member of the Caroline County AARP #915. He was preceded in death by one brother, Charles H. Detweiler; and one sister, Ruth D. Hendricks. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, the former Jean Cahall, whom he married on Jun. 17, 1944 of Federalsburg, Md.; his only daughter, Gina Detweiler McConnell and her husband Dufferin of Preston, Md.; two granddaughters, Leslie McConnell Taber and her husband Michael of Virginia Beach, Va. and Molly McConnell Tracy and her husband Patrick of Jamestown, N.C,: and by two great grandchildren, Daphne Jane Taber and Zachary Dean Taber, both of Virginia Beach, Va. Funeral services will be held on Sun., Mar. 17, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 242 Main Street, Preston, MD with the Pastor Thomas Becker officiating. A visitation with the family will be 1 hour prior to the service. The interment will be private. Pallbearers will be members of the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Co. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Co. Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 99, Federalsburg, MD 21632 or to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Roof Fund, P.O. Box 39, Preston, MD. Arrangements are by Williamson Funeral Home, Federalsburg, MD, to leave a note of condolence for the family, please visit

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Published in NewsZapDE on Mar. 15, 2013
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