Denton G. "Dusty" Twigg

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Denton "Dusty" Gehr Twigg, 86, of Mount Airy, formerly of Westminster and Thurmont, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at Lorien in Mount Airy, after a brief illness.

Born July 24, 1926, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Carl "Molly" Twigg and Anna Gehr Twigg.

As a 12-year-old, he worked as an usher at the State Theater in Westminster and later worked for two years as a projectionist at the Carroll Theater. He attended Westminster High School until he enlisted in the military and was later awarded an honorary graduation diploma from the school, having completed his GED. While in high school, he was president of the student government and was a member of the school band.

He served in the Army Air Corps in Okinawa during World War II. Following his discharge he worked for Thomas, Bennett and Hunter as a timekeeper, was a truck dispatcher and weigh master for John S. Teeter & Sons in Medford, for 10 years and then worked as a plant manager for Stone Products Corporation for four years. He transferred to Maryland Green Marble Corporation in Cardiff as an assistant superintendent of the quarry.

In 1960 he was hired by his first employers, Thomas, Bennett and Hunter in Thurmont as block plant manager. In 1970 he became route manager for Pepsi-Cola of Thurmont. A year later he was an agent with United Insurance Company of Hagerstown and Franklin Life Insurance Company of Frederick. His last employment was as a contract bus driver for seven years and then for 20 years as a bus driver and later a bus aide with Frederick County Public Schools.

While residing in Westminster, he was active in the American Legion, VFW and was a director of the Westminster Civitan Club. Moving to Thurmont, he became active in the community, serving as treasurer, vice-president and president of the Thurmont Elementary P.T.A.. He was a coach and manager of a minor league baseball team, and a member, director, vice-president and president of the Thurmont Lions Club. He was also active in the Thurmont United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir for 30 years, was a member and later chairman of the church board, chairman of the Board of Trustees, superintendent of the Sunday school, head usher and greeter for more than 20 years and served on numerous committees.

He enjoyed music, sports, history, aviation, reading, collecting , especially coins, spending time in fellowship with family and friends and he was a movie buff.

Surviving are daughter Rebecca Althoff and husband Dave, of Thurmont; sons James S . Twigg and wife Theresa, of Carroll Valley, Pa., and Daniel C. Twigg and wife Joni, of Thurmont; grandchildren Heather Burke and husband Jon, Mindy Dingle and husband Shawn, Tyler Twigg, Matthew, Mitchell and Kara Althoff; great-grandchildren Sadie and Calee Burke, and Jack and Luke Dingle; sisters Dorothy Grumbine, of St. Joseph, Mich. and Mary Ada Welliver, of Sykesville; and brother Carl Twigg Jr. and wife June, of Westminster.

He was predeceased by a sister, Virginia Twigg; brothers-in-law Walter "Klee" Grumbine and Dr. Daniel Welliver; and former wife, Janet Hering Twigg.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. March 2, at Thurmont United Methodist Church, 13880 Long Road, Thurmont, with church pastor, the Rev. Gary Morgan, and former pastor, the Rev. Martin Case, officiating. Private interment will be in Kriders Cemetery in Westminster.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Thurmont United Methodist Church, 13880 Long Road, Thurmont, MD 21788.

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Published in Carroll County Times on Feb. 8, 2013
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