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Herbert H. "Jack" Liggon Jr., a former Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. worker and World War II veteran, died Wednesday of bone cancer at his Westminster home. He was 85.

Herbert Houston Liggon Jr. was born in Washington and raised in Hagerstown. After graduating from Hagerstown High School, he briefly worked for C&P; before enlisting in the Army Air Forces.

Assigned to the 922nd Signal Corps, Mr. Liggon served 18 months on Guam, where he established communications facilities and was communications chief.

After the war, he returned to C&P; in Hagerstown. He later worked on dial conversions in Cumberland and Oakland and held local and district assignments in Frederick, Baltimore and Westminster until retiring in the early 1990s.

A Westminster resident since 1961, Mr. Liggon enjoyed hunting and playing poker.

"As a devoted grandfather, he was famous for accompanying all four granddaughters to their school bus stops for first-grade years," said his daughter, Merri Liggon Hollinger of Westminster.

Mr. Liggon was a communicant of Ascension Episcopal Church, 23 Court St., Westminster, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

Also surviving are his wife of 61 years, the former Frances Brown; a son, Daniel Forrest Liggon of Pikesville; a brother, William H. Liggon of Hagerstown; a sister, Lucy Anne Steinmetz of Westminster; four granddaughters; and a great-grandson. He was predeceased by two sons, William F. Liggon and Herbert H. Liggon III.

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