Thomas D. Keckler, 64

OCT. 30, 1946-AUG. 18, 2011

August 19, 2011

Thomas D. "Tom" Keckler, 64, of Great Cacapon, W.Va., and formerly of Williamsport, Md., passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, in Morgan County, W.Va.

Born Oct. 30, 1946, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late John Richard and Doris Lorraine Athey Keckler.

He was of the Baptist faith.

Tom was a 1964 graduate of Boonsboro High School, a 1968 graduate of Shepherd College and a 1973 graduate of the Maryland State Police Academy.

After college, Tom taught mathematics at Smithsburg Middle School and at South Hagerstown High School.

He retired from the Maryland State Police as a corporal. He served as a road trooper and criminal investigator, finishing his career at the Hagerstown barrack as a crime-lab technician and investigator. After his retirement from the state police, Tom worked for a year for Albright Crumbacker Moul and Itell, LLC, in Hagerstown. He also worked overseas for Dyncorp, in conjunction with the United Nations, as a police officer training local law-enforcement officers in Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania and Iraq. He most recently worked for the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Tom grew up in the Hagerstown area, playing baseball at West End Little League and Hagerstown PONY League, and was a standout pitcher for Boonsboro High School. Most recently he played slow-pitch softball for the over-50 league in Hagerstown.

He was a member of the Federal Order of Police Thomas Pangborn Lodge in Hagerstown, the Maryland Troopers Association Lodge 88 and the Western Maryland Troopers Association.

Tom always lived life on the edge and to the fullest, and marched to a beat of a drum that most of us couldn't hear. To honor Tom, we need to remember life is precious and live it one day at a time.

Tom is survived by his wife and lifelong companion, Sue Ann Delauney; a sister, Joellen Knight, of Halfway, Md.; sister-in-law, Jane Walkley of Sharpsburg, Md.; sister-in-law, Amy Martin of Smithsburg, Md.; brother-in-law, Tom Delauney of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va.; brother-in-law, Joe Delauney of Sharpsburg; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

It was Tom's wish to be cremated, and a celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to Western Maryland Troopers Association Scholarship Fund, 111 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740, or to Mid Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue, P.O. Box 353, Mount Airy, MD 21771.

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