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Richard D. Ebersole, 70

January 15, 2009

JUNE 25, 1938-JAN. 13, 2009

Richard D. Ebersole, 70, of 355 Sunbrook Lane, Hagerstown, Md., died in his home on Jan. 13, 2009.

He was born on June 25, 1938, in Upton, Pa., and was the son of Arlene V. Swope and Russell C. Ebersole (both deceased).

He graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1956 and continued his education, working toward a bachelor's degree in criminology at Hagerstown Community College and the University of Maryland.

He proudly served, with distinction, in the United States Air Force, Security Service from January 1958 until he retired, with 20 years of service in January 1978. He was a Vietnam veteran who served at Da Nang Air Station during the Vietnam campaign. He served other tours of duty in England, Greece and Taiwan, in addition to various Air Force bases in the state of Texas. During his career in the military, he was a distinguished member of the "Fighting Chicks" football team, competing all over Europe for the Air Force. Subsequent to his military career, he and his wife Pauline purchased and operated the family business, Pet's Vacationland in Funkstown until 1995. Concurrently, he was the Chief of Police at the Potomac Center in Hagerstown for nearly 20 years until he retired in 1998.

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He was a Free Mason, a member of the Morris Frock Post 42, American Legion, an avid hunter and fisherman, and a member of the Greencastle and Waynesboro Sportsman's Clubs.

Richard was a loving, caring, compassionate husband and father; a true friend, who had a big, generous heart and was both respected and loved by those who knew him.

He is survived and will be eternally loved by his wife of nearly 50 years, Pauline Ann; two daughters, Leni Herman of Santa Anna, Calif., and Cindy Clark of Jacksonville, Fla., plus two sons, Kory Lon Tydon of San Clemente, Calif., and Russell L. Ebersole of Hagerstown.

Known as "Pap" or "Pappy," he will be greatly missed by his 11 grandchildren, Henry and Angelina Herman, Joshua, Jarrid, Rachael and Rebecca Clark, Ashley, Derek and Conrad Tydon, and Amanda and Aubrey Ebersole.

The family will receive friends at a memorial service which will be held on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Dan Pritchett officiating at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown.

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