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Cecil Calvert Bittinger, 73

February 23, 2009

SEPT. 10, 1935-FEB. 21, 2009

Cecil Calvert Bittinger, 73, of Hagerstown, Md., died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, at his home.

Born Sept. 10, 1935, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Cecil and Dorothy Elizabeth Downin Bittinger.

Cecil was a member of the 1953 Hagerstown High School graduating class.

He served in the U.S. Army with active duty 1958 to 1960. Upon discharge, he joined the Maryland State Police, where he served at numerous barracks as both patrol trooper and criminal investigator.

Cecil served as barrack commander in Cumberland from 1989 to 1992. He transferred to the Hagerstown barrack as commander until retiring as first lieutenant in 1996.

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He served as president of the South Hagerstown Fire Company since 1965. He also served as a member of the Washington County Emergency Service Air Unit 25 serving as chief.

Cecil was a member of the Hagerstown Board of Public Safety, serving as chairman for the past eight years.

He was a member of the HDH Hunting Club, serving as a director.

Cecil was a life member of the Potomac Fish and Game Club, the Maryland State Policy Alumni, the Maryland Troopers Association Lodge 88 and Federal Order of Police Lodge 88.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Donna Gearhart Bittinger; one daughter, Karen Sue Long and husband, David, of Hagerstown; one son, Douglas Cecil Bittinger and wife, Sunni, of Hagerstown; one granddaughter, Sara Bittinger; and three grandsons, Grant Long, Scott Long and Darren Bittinger.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. F. Allan Weatherholt Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Tuesday at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1037 Haven Road, Hagerstown, MD 21742; or Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Online condolences are accepted at www.minnichfh.com.

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