F. Kerstetter Jr.BERLIN — Frederick Elwood “Fred” Kerstetter, 69, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He was an only child born to Frederick and Ruth Kerstetter on March 11, 1943, in Berlin.
Mr. Kerstetter attended Stephen Decatur
High School and then went on to graduate from Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham Virginia. He served with the United States Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis and then worked as a master plumber and contractor for 35 years, owning and operating Kerstetter Plumbing HVAC before retiring several years ago. Mr. Kerstetter was a member of the Ocean City American Legion Post 166 and the MARKS Club. Over the years, he enjoyed building and flying model airplanes, deep-sea fishing, surf fishing, hunting, golf, country music and cribbage, and he had a special place in his heart for poodles. His favorite fishing companion was his standard poodle, Tailer. He will always be remembered for teaching his children the meaning of love and the value of hard work. He will be truly missed.
Mr. Kerstetter was preceded in death by his parents. He was married to his soul mate, Elfriede Kerstetter of Ocean City, for 30 years. He was the devoted father of Sherryl Olson and her husband, David, of Ocean City and Sheila Ketterer and her husband, Breit, of Westminster Md.; and loving grandfather of Lara and Rick Angel, Breit, Brian and Brandon Ketterer, and Britt, Eric and David Olson.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Atlantic United Methodist Church, 105 Fourth St., in Ocean City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21802-1733.