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Former Harford sheriff Ted Moyer dies; memorial service planned Saturday

Theodore "Ted" Moyer, a former Harford County Sheriff and a retired Maryland State Police major, died Monday evening at his Edgewood home. He was 83.

A career law enforcement officer, who was known for his personable manner and considered a friend by many people throughout the county, Sheriff Moyer was also active for many years as a youth athletic coach in multiple sports and was an advocate for various parks and recreation programs in Harford County. He also served on the county's parks and recreation advisory board.

A memorial service honoring Sheriff Moyer's life will be held this Saturday, Sept. 22, at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, beginning at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m. Following the service, there will be a reception at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood to reflect upon and celebrate Sheriff Moyer's life.

Sheriff Moyer grew up in Hagerstown, but moved to Harford County in 1951 through an assignment as a new State Police trooper, according to his son, Steve Moyer. In addition to rising to the rank of major in the state police, he also commanded the agency's barracks in Bel Air, Valley and North East and was commander of the Northern Troop.

According to the State Police, Sheriff Moyer's police academy graduating class was the first to wear the Stetson hat and shoulder patch still worn by troopers 62 years later.

"Although his assignments as a trooper changed throughout his career, he never moved from the county he loved, where he was surrounded by the many people who came to know and love him," a State Police news release said about Sheriff Moyer's relationship with Harford County.

"He had an outstanding career with the Maryland State Police, from which he retired as a bureau chief with the rank of lieutenant colonel," continued the news release, which added that shortly before his death, Sheriff Moyer presented his State Police retirement badge to his grandson, Drew Moyer.

"Dad did so much to keep Maryland and Harford County safe over the years for many," Steve Moyer wrote Tuesday. "He dedicated his life to helping youth in Harford County by coaching, leading, and mentoring 100's. He loved the Baltimore Colts, Baltimore Orioles, and Baltimore Ravens."

"Ted loved his family and raised three boys who grew up in the Edgewood community and learned the values of good, honest, family living," the son continued. "Ted loved his grandchildren Dani, Kyle, Drew, and Kelsey."

Steve Moyer said his father was a career cop, "who always looked out for the road patrol trooper or front line deputy. Ted loved the Maryland State Police and the Harford County Sheriff's Office."

Sheriff Moyer retired from the State Police in the early 1980s when he was appointed by then-Gov. Harry R. Hughes to a vacancy in the office resulting from then-Sheriff William Kunkel's resignation to become chairman of the Maryland Parole Commission.

Sheriff Moyer was elected to a full four-year term as sheriff in 1982, but lost his bid for re-election in 1986. After leaving the sheriff's office, he continued to be active in the county parks and recreation activities. He was also an active member and past-president of the Maryland State Police Alumni Association and faithfully attended the annual State Police Fallen Heroes Ceremony as well as award and promotion ceremonies and new trooper graduations.

In addition to his son, Steve, Sheriff Moyer is survived by his wife, Elaine, and sons, Dave and Mike.

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