Robert L. Sitler, 86, air freight firm owner

October 19, 2003

Robert L. Sitler, the retired owner of a Baltimore air freight company, died of cancer Oct. 12 at his home in the Lynbrook section of Anne Arundel County. He was 86.

Born in Nescopeck, Pa., he was a 1935 graduate of Nescopeck High School and attended Pennsylvania State University in State College.

During World War II, he was a sergeant with the Military Police and was stationed at the Marianna Air Base in Florida.

Mr. Sitler was a vice president for 18 years for O'Boyle Tank Lines in Rockville and then worked as a branch manager for Fruehauf Trailer Corp. in Forestville for six years. He owned BPAC Air Freight Co. in Baltimore from 1986 until he retired in 2000.

He was a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church on Wilkens Avenue and was a member of the Maryland Motor Truck Association and the District of Columbia Maintenance Council.

Mr. Sitler was married for 62 years to the former Cora Pearl Wintersteen. The couple celebrated their 62nd anniversary July 30.

Services were held Thursday in Bloomsburg, Pa.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Robbi Lee Eckenrode of Reading, Pa.; a sister, Esther Keller of Sinking Springs, Pa.; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

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