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George M. Stottlemyer

March 10, 2003

MIDDLEPOINT, Md. - George Marvin Stottlemyer, 78, of Middlepoint, died Saturday, March 8, 2003, at his home.

Born Jan. 2, 1925, in Middlepoint, he was the son of the late William E. and Lillian Hays Stottlemyer.

His wife, Constance M. Hoover Stottlemyer, whom he married June 28, 1950, died in 1997.

He worked as an antique furniture refinisher in his home.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the 5th Spearhead Division of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was one of the first 5,000 to hit the beach of Iwo Jima in 1945. He fought the whole battle until the last 100 yards of the beach before being shot three times. He went from a buck private to a corporal in one day.

In 1950, after spending five years in Bethesda (Md.) Naval Hospital, he was on crutches hitchhiking home on Wisconsin Avenue when the presidential limousine of President Harry S. Truman stopped and beckoned him inside. Sitting beside the president, he was chauffeured home to Middlepoint.

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He was a member of Grossnickle Church of the Brethren, Myersville, Md.

He was a member of American Legion Post 211, Funkstown, and VFW of Frederick, Md.

He is survived by one daughter, Crystal A. Vandercook of Frederick; one son, Brent M. Stottlemyer of Wolfsville, Md.; one sister, Mary S. Arvins of Jefferson, Md.; one brother, Ercy T. Stottlemyer Sr. of Myersville; one granddaughter; one niece; and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Sis Jackson; and three brothers, Gordon Stottlemyer, Roy Stottlemyer and Vernon Stottlemyer.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Grossnickle Church of the Brethren, Myersville. The Revs. David Dawson, Ronald Ellis and Rim R. Martin will officiate. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery with full military honors.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ricketts Funeral Home, Myersville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grossnickle Church of the Brethren Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 575, Myersville, MD 21773.

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