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Richard Poffenberger, Sr.

Monday, January 6, 2020 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 10:00 am

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home


Richard Wayne Paul Poffenberger Sr., 84, of Hagerstown, MD passed away Sunday December 29, 2019, surrounded by his family at Sterling Care South Mountain.

Born Friday March 22, 1935 in Hagerstown, MD, he was the son of the late Kenneth E. Poffenberger and Janice A. (Kaniper) Poffenberger. He graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1953 and remained active on the class Reunion Committee throughout his life. During his high school years, his most memorable moments included being a lifeguard at the Hagerstown Municipal swimming pool and placing first out of 16,000 entrants in a national watercolor contest. After graduation he was employed by Fairchild Aircraft as a Technical Illustrator, where he met his wife, Dorothy of 64 years. After applying and waiting for acceptance to the Maryland State Police, he was hired by John I. Thompson Co. in Washington, D.C. as part of the design team for the first Polaris missile. Dick began his Maryland State Trooper career on July 1, 1960 and retired as the longest serving road trooper in the state after 37 years. During his career, he spent 14 years as the resident trooper of Boonsboro. After retirement from the MSP, he was employed as a security officer at the IRS in Martinsburg, WV. and volunteered as an reserve officer for the MD Department of Natural Resources. Dick was a member of the F.O.P Lodge #77, Maryland Troopers Association, the Lions Club, and the Elks Club. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, artist, traveler and Civil War history buff. He loved spending time with his family and his many pets.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Poffenberger, three daughters; Vickie Humphries of Boonsboro, MD, Sherri Priest and husband Tyler of Cody, WY, and Kellie Poffenberger of Hagerstown, MD; grandchildren; Amy Snyder and husband Mike, Jarrett Humphries, Jamie Poffenberger, Jordan Hayes; and seven great-grandchildren

He was preceded in death by his son, Richard Wayne Paul Poffenberger, Jr.

Services will be held Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at 10:00 am, at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North Hagerstown, MD, with the Rev. Alan F. Weatherholt officiating.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home, Monday, January 6, 2020, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Interment will be at the Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD.


Guest Book

My heart is in a VERY sad state as I read about Dick’s passing. My time working with him was a pure joy. His knowledge of Washington Co. was amazing especially Southern Washington Co. His love of History kept my interest ALL the time. May God Bless the ENTIRE family during these HARD times—take Care, Much Love to you .

Les Engel
Little Orleans , MD

I feel so lucky to have served beside such a gentleman as Pop Poffenberger. He was always willing to take a moment to great you with kind words. He was also quick to share his knowledge of something with during a teaching moment. I am really glad I stopped to visit him in the hospital prior to his passing. I feel bad because I could not pay proper respect to him and his family during this time as I am out of the country. But I am sure Pop would understand, knowing the kind, wonderful man he was. I do offer my sincere condolences to the family. May he rest in peace.

Michael Zeigler
Gaithersburg, Maryland

The family of jim and gladys fazenbaker are sending our thoughts and prayers to all of you. Many fond memories of Dick at Greenbrier park. A very special person.

jimand gladys fazenbaker
hagerstown, maryland

Farewell to a fine man, a man of honesty and integrity and an all around good man. It was an honor to call him a friend,

Jerry Landsman
Boonsboro, Maryland

When the person you love has gone away, remember you always have their memories with you. It is something that no one can take away from you. We are thinking of you during this sad time.

Tim Beamguard
Carrollton, Texas

I can still hear him on the police radio..... O-39 Hagerstown. Rest in peace my friend

kevin morgan
boonsboro, maryland

So sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I enjoyed all the years we worked together and the many talks we had. I'm sure Rich met him at the gate with a wink and a big hug ! He will be missed by all !

Greg Spickler
Smithsburg, Md

Our hearts go out to the family of this fine gentlemen- Richard and I were just talking about him last week-May he rest in peace- WE had some fun times when he would come into our office to chat- Love Dr. and Mrs Oakley

Linda and Richard Oakley
Carbondale, KS

Sorry to hear of Dicks passing.He was good friend . Doug and Shirley Stine

Doug and Shirley Stine
Hagerstown , Maryland

Dear Vicki and Family, I am so sorry for you loss, I so enjoyed the stories your Dad would share when we were out eating crab legs at B&B. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers, please let me know if you need anything. Hugs to you my friend.

Bobbie Jo Violet
Hagerstown, Md

Richard and Joe were classmates in high school. He was a work associate with myself and my wife from the courthouse. He was an upstanding man and a good friend. Joe and Mary Hamilton

Joe F. Hamilton, Sr. And Mary Sue Hamilton
Hagerstown, Maryland

Dear Mrs.Poffenberger, Vicki, Sherrie and Kellie. So sorry for your loss. May the Lord be with your entire family at this sad time. Pat Pickett and Family.

Pat Pickett
Hagerstown , Maryland

The Maryland State Police Alumni Association sends it deepest condolences to the Poffenberger family at this difficult time.

Jacj Howard
Dunkirk , Maryland

My deepest Condolences to your entire family . He was such a wonderful father. He always helped and protected his daughters . Hugs to all . See u next week Love Ann Kitchen Mohler

Ann Mohler
Shippensburg, PA

Vicki & Sherri; Sorry to read about the passing of your Father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys. I’ll be thinking of your family. Rick Hose & Family

Rick Hose
Hagerstown , MD

God bless family and friends. Sorry for your loss.

Sgt. Retired Milt Lilley
Waldorf, Maryland

Dottie, Vickie, Sherri, and Kellie and your families: My thoughts and prayers are with you on this journey. Remembering lovingly the only man who was ever allowed to put his boots on my Grandmother's ottoman in our living room. As a little girl, I thought he was the most charming man I would ever meet. And he never disappointed me. Walter and Catherine loved him dearly and treasured their times together. The picture of the four of you is still on display in the kitchen! Peace and strength to you all in the days ahead. Celeste

Celeste Kososki
Kirkwood, MO

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