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James Ira Bachtell, 96

November 24, 2008

James Ira Bachtell, 96



JAN. 19, 1912-NOV. 22, 2008

James Ira Bachtell, 96, of 1183 Luther Drive, Hagerstown, and formerly of 111 North Main Street, Keedysville, Md., passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, at Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown.

Born Friday, Jan. 19, 1912, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Ira Snyder Bachtell and the late Helen Beard Bachtell.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He was employed with C&P Telephone, retiring in 1976.

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Jim was a member of the Mt. Vernon UCC in Keedysville, C&P Telephone Pioneers, Clopper Michael Post 10 American Legion, and a 50-year member of the Antietam Masonic Lodge 197 AF & AM and Hagerstown Chapter 89 OES and Ali Ghan Shrine of Cumberland.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Catherine Elizabeth Bachtell; one son, James B. Bachtell and wife, Joan, of Hagerstown; four sisters; three stepgrandchildren; 12 stepgreat-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters; one brother; and one stepgrandson.

Services will be Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, at 11 a.m. from Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, Md., with the Rev. Colin Poston and the Rev. Blaine Feightner officiating.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Interment will follow at Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Western Maryland, 5 Public Square, Hagerstown, MD 21740; or the American Heart Association Memorial Processing Center, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com.

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