APRIL 8, 1954-DEC. 30, 2010
Ben Paul Persinger of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010. He was 56 years old.
He was born to Harold L. Persinger and Virginia Mae (Wilhelm) Persinger in Bitburg, Germany, on April 8, 1954.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Kathy (Rider) Persinger; son, Alex Persinger; and sister, Carol Norris and her husband, John, and her children, Michaela Waugh, Loucinda Schlotterbeck and Paul Norris. In addition, he is survived by his sister-in-law, Karen Gladfelter, and her husband, Todd, daughter, Alecia, and mother-in-law, Eileen (Shaw) Rider.
Ben graduated from South Hagerstown High School in 1972. He married Kathy in 1974 and enlisted in the Air Force. He left the Air Force after seven years to attend Hagerstown Junior College, getting his bachelor’s degree at UMD in 1983. Upon completing officer candidate school, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy, where he received his master’s degree from Navy Post Graduate School in 1994.