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Joseph Eichelberger State driving examiner


Services for Joseph C. Eichelberger, who was among the first appointed state driving examiners, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Loring Byers funeral establishment, 8728 Liberty Road in Randallstown.

Mr. Eichelberger died of heart disease Tuesday at Carroll County Memorial Hospital. He was 87.

He was hired in 1935 as a first sergeant in the examiners corps for the Department of Motor Vehicles, then located only in Baltimore. Mr. Eichelberger was a member of a traveling "road crew" who administered drivering tests from town to town. When he retired from the department in 1967, he received numerous letters of commendation for exemplary work.

During his youth, Mr. Eichelberger drove a beer truck and was employed as a cement worker.

He was born in Westminster and graduated from Elmer Wolfe High School in Union Bridge. In 1924, he married the former Wilhelmina Love.

The couple had been married 57 years at the time of her death.

Mr. Eichelberger was an avid deer hunter and spent almost every hunting season at his cabin at Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County. One of his prized trophies, the head of a large buck, hangs on the wall above the fireplace in his Eldersburg home.

His survivors include two daughters, Betty L. James of Owings Mills and Marion A. Maeser of Arbutus; a son, George C. Eichelberger of Hockessin, Del.; and five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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