George E. Ditman, 91

Carpenter, horseman

May 18, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

George Edwin Ditman, a retired carpenter and avid horseman, died in his sleep Tuesday at Summerville of Westminster, an assisted-living facility. He was 91.

The lifelong Westminster native attended Westminster High School. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army and served with Company C of the 2nd Engineers Battalion in the Aleutian Islands and later on Okinawa.

After the war, Mr. Ditman worked for International Bechtel Inc., constructing oil pipelines in Saudi Arabia and installing air conditioning in the palace of Saudi Arabian King Abdul Aziz.

In 1950, he returned to Westminster and established a carpentry business.

"He built homes, additions and did renovations," said his wife of 57 years, the former Thelma Waddell.

Mr. Ditman, who continued riding horses until he was in his 80s, was a member and former president of the Maryland Jousting Association and a member of the Lehigh Riding Club in Westminster.

He was a member of the Molleville Farm Post 467 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Deer Park United Methodist Church.

Mr. Ditman was an avid vegetable gardener.

Services were Friday.

Also surviving are two sons, Wayne L. Ditman and Dean G. Ditman, both of Westminster; two sisters, Margaret Freyman of Baltimore and Mary Herbert of Westminster; and seven grandchildren.

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