Kenneth A. Dotter Jr., 78

January 11, 2011

-JAN. 10, 2011

Mr. Kenneth A. Dotter Jr., 78, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away peacefully after a brief illness, at the Frederick Memorial Hospital on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011.

He was the son of the late Kenneth A. Dotter Sr. and Sarah Holmes Stehl Dotter Etridge.

He was a 1949 graduate of Hagerstown High School.

He served in the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War. He was a dedicated Mack Trucks worker, hired Jan. 16, 1961 and retired June 1, 1996, with 35 years of service.

In his young years he served as an acolyte at St. John’s Episcopal Church, where he was a member.

He was a member of Funkstown American Legion Post 211, and a former member of the Potomac Fish and Game Club. In previous years, he assisted with Boy Scout Troop 100. He received the “Order of the Arrow.” He was also a member of the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway for many years, and UAW Local Union 1247.

Mr. Dotter refinished and built furniture. He was an artist, and enjoyed drawing his favorite cartoon character, “Snoopy.” In his retirement years, the birds and squirrels on his front porch never went without food. He loved all animals. Our family had a menagerie of animals over the years.

He is survived by his devoted son, Kenneth A. Dotter III of Woodbine, Md.; his brother, John Etridge of California; uncle, Walter B. Stehl Jr. of Hagerstown, Md.; his former wife, Arlene (Showe) Dotter Boggs, who remained his friend; and family friends, Bill Pittsnogle of Hagerstown, Md., and Tim Harrison of Woodbine, Md.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his stepfather, Allan Etridge, and his beloved grandparents, the Rev. and Mrs. Walter B. Stehl, affectionately known as “Pops” and “Nonie.”

It was Mr. Dotter’s decision to be cremated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Washington County, 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown MD 21740.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

The Osborne Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements for Mr. Dotter.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

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