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Roscoe D. Corderman, 95

MAY 22, 1916-JUNE 1, 2011

June 06, 2011
  • Roscoe D. Corderman
Roscoe D. Corderman

Roscoe DeWitt Corderman, died June 1, 2011, at the Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village. He was 95 years old.

Born in Hagerstown on May 22, 1916, he was the son of the late Luther H. and Alice Irene (Lefever) Corderman.

Mr. Corderman retired in 1977 after 35 years of service as a locomotive engineer for the Western Maryland Chessie System. He was a member and local officer of the United Transportation Union in Hagerstown. He was also a life member of Christ’s Reformed UCC Church, where he served as an elder and on many committees.

As a young man, he was active in playing softball and baseball in the early Washington County Independent League. He also was active as a summer league turf bowler and in senior league duckpin and tenpin bowling. In his retirement, he learned to play golf and enjoyed many of the local golf courses. He raised fancy show pigeons and racing homing pigeons as a hobby. But his greatest love of the natural world was reserved for bird watching and working for the survival of the Eastern Bluebird. He built, installed and monitored hundreds of bluebird nesting boxes, including those installed at Fort Frederick State Park. He remained active in the North American Bluebird Society and the Washington County Ornithological Society.

In his retirement years, he served as a volunteer for the Washington County Hospital Auxiliary, the Washington County Food Bank, Morris Frock Post 42, and with the honor guard for the American Legion.

Mr. Corderman served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was assigned to the Philippines and Guam in the 35th Transportation Service Company.

For many years, Mr. Corderman served as an election judge at the Smithsburg polling location. For 25 years he served, having been appointed by various governors, on the Washington County Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board.

He loved ballroom dancing and studied dancing with the Frank Mattax and Millie Shull ballroom dancing classes.

Mr. Corderman was an organizing officer and charter member of the Broadfording Cemetery Preservation Society and is now buried at that site, along with his parents and two young sisters.

Mr. Corderman is survived by his loving and faithful companion, Ruby Lewis; one son, James Corderman of Raleigh, N.C., and two daughters, Ann C. Helton, Darlington, Md., and Virginia Keyser, Raleigh, N.C. Also surviving him are six grandchildren, Julie Molgaard, James Corderman, Laura Myers, Leah Stockett, Katie Shanaberger and Kara Shore. He is also survived by nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Ernest W., Howard L., Harry A., and Earl M., and two sisters, Charlotte Witherspoon and Pauline Everhart.

A memorial graveside service at Broadfording Cemetery will be announced at a later date and will be open to all his friends and family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.

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