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Daniel S.J. Rohrer Jr., 78

OCT. 21, 1932-JULY 17, 2011

July 17, 2011
  • Daniel S.J. Rohrer Jr.
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Daniel S.J. Rohrer Jr., circus fan, model builder and tuba player, 78, of Hagerstown, Md., passed from this life Sunday, July 17, 2011, at Reeders Memorial Home in Boonsboro, Md.

Born Oct. 21, 1932, in Rohrersville, Md., he was the only child of the late Daniel S. J. Rohrer Sr. and Margaret May (Poffenberger) Rohrer.

His wife, C. Joan (Fisher) Rohrer, preceded him in death March 4, 1998.

Daniel served in the U.S. Air Force as a medic, based in Texas, during the Korean War, and was a graduate of Hagerstown Junior College and American University in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Rohrer was employed with the State of Maryland in economic and community development for more than 30 years.

He was a lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hagerstown, the Emmett Kelly Tent of the Circus Fans of America for 60 years and the Circus Model Builders Association. He also played the tuba in the New Horizons Band for several years.

Daniel is survived by his three children, Daniel S. J. Rohrer III and his wife, Vicki, of Gerrardstown, W.Va., Dianne J. Rohrer and her husband, Edmundo Ortega, of Baltimore, Md., and David J. Rohrer and his wife, Cori, of Hagerstown; his seven grandchildren, Jessica Leonardi, Daniel S.J. (Josiah) Rohrer IV, Benjamin Rohrer, Sarah Rohrer, Emily Rohrer, Phoebe Rohrer and Samuel Rohrer; two stepgrandchildren, Russell and Randall Kesecker; three stepgreat-grandchildren, Samantha, Garett and Reece Kesecker; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Daniel will be especially remembered by his cousin, Julia Howard; and his close friends, Andy Bakner and Caleb Meeks.

A funeral ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. The Rev. Eric A. Norgard will officiate. Final resting place ceremonies will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, July 19, 2011, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

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