Donald Diffenderffer, 63, owned exterminating firm

August 30, 2005

Donald S. Diffenderffer, former co-owner of a Baltimore exterminating company and political campaign worker, died of congestive heart failure Aug. 23 at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Reisterstown resident was 63.

Mr. Diffenderffer was born in Baltimore and raised in Rodgers Forge and Towson. He was a 1960 graduate of Towson High School and went to work as a restaurant manager for Gino's, the former Baltimore fast-food chain founded by Colts football star Gino Marchetti.

He worked briefly in the early 1970s for Atlas Exterminator Co. Inc., until co-founding Nationwide Pest & Termite Control Inc. with partner Jim Wiedefeld in 1973. The business was sold in 2000.

Mr. Diffenderffer had been a campaign worker and Democratic political strategist for former Baltimore County executives Donald P. Hutchinson and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, now a congressman.

He had served several terms during the last 20 years as an investigator for the Baltimore County Liquor Board, and was a member of the board at his death.

Mr. Diffenderffer enjoyed listening to show and popular music and spending time at a second home in Jensen Beach, Fla.

He was a communicant of the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, where services were held Sunday.

Surviving are his wife of 20 years, the former Elisabeth O'Brien; a son, Charles Ross Diffenderffer of Forest Hill; two daughters, Dawn Elizabeth Diffenderffer-Baker of Lutherville and Hannah Winslow Diffenderffer of Reisterstown; his mother, Elizabeth S. Evans of Timonium; a brother, Michael R. Diffenderffer of Timonium; and two grandchildren.

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