James Richard Hotchkiss, 82, of Mt. Savage, passed away on Monday, February 29, 2016, at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.
Born on March 28, 1933, in Mt. Savage, he was the son of the late Richard C. and Helena Mae (Diehl) Hotchkiss.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his wife, Anna Marie (Reagan) Hotchkiss, in October, 2005; sister, Margaret Anne Burkett; and his brother, John Franklin Hotchkiss.
Mr. Hotchkiss retired from CSX Corporation where he served as a telegraph and tower operator. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict, 25th infantry division; former member of the "Old Guard", Fort Myer, VA, who guarded the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Mt. Savage; life member of VFW Old Rail Post 6025, Mt. Savage; life member of Mt. Savage Vol. Fire Co., where he was past president, chief, and treasurer; life member of Mt. Savage Council K of C 1058 where he was Past Grand Knight; life member of Chief Justice Taney Assembly, 4th degree K of C; a life member of the Piney Mountain Sportsman’s Club; member of Farrady Post 24, American Legion, Frostburg and Past President of the Mt. Savage Special Taxing committee.
Surviving are; his special friend, Wini Redick, Frostburg; stepson, Danny C. Williams and wife Dee; step-grandchildren, Stacey Frankenberry and husband Joe and Scott Williams; step-greatgrandchildren, Kate Green and husband JT, Samantha Crosten, Logan King and fiancé Kayli Garlitz, Tim Everly and fiancé Jessica Tharp, Kylee Frankenberry, Aidan Williams, Cassie Beth Frankenberry and Riley Williams; step-great-greatgrandchildren, Kennedy, Zoey, Reagan, Tyler and Laken; sister, Mary Regina Emerick and husband Kenneth, Wellersburg, PA; brothers, Thomas Lee Hotchkiss and wife Mary, Rawlings, and David W. Hotchkiss and wife Sherry, Mt. Savage;; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received at Durst Funeral Home, 57 Frost Avenue, Frostburg, on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Mt. Savage, on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 10 am with Father John Paul Kuzma, OFM Cap, serving as celebrant.
Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.
Military honors will be accorded by Farrady Post 24, American Legion Honor Guard and VFW Old Rail Post 6025.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations, in James’ name, be made to Mt. Savage Volunteer Fire Company.
Mt. Savage Volunteer Fire Company
P.O. Box 533, Mt. Savage, MD 21545,