Elmer Samuel Catlin

Elmer Samuel Catlin, 90, passed away at Genesis Health Care in Salisbury, on Saturday, May 12, 2018 after a brief illness.  Born in 1928 in Newark, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Ovid W. and Ethel Stoncil Catlin.  At the age of four, he and his brother, Tom, came to live with and was raised by their aunt and uncle, Elmer H. and Hattie P. Catlin of Fairmount, Maryland. A graduate of Washington High School, Elmer joined the United States Navy in 1946 and served for two years, nine months.  Serving on the USS Perry, Elmer visited 32 countries and made friends the world over.

After returning home, Elmer went to work for the C&P Telephone Company until 1949.  He married Nancy Waller, a union that was cut short by a tragic accident in which Nancy lost her life and Elmer was critically injured.  He then went to work for Wayne Pump, later Dresser Industries, retiring in 1990, after 40 years of service.

In 1953, Elmer married Betty Jean Jones, a marriage that was blessed with three children.  Betty passed away in 2001.  Elmer was known throughout the community as a dependable and outstanding electrician, who would drop everything at a moment’s notice to help someone in need.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping in the woods and waterways of the Eastern Shore.  However, his greatest joy was skeet shooting.  He was a familiar face at shooting competitions throughout the area.  He took great pride in reaching 10th place in 1992 at a national skeet event in Georgia.  He was a strong advocate of the Democrat Party and worked tirelessly for the election of democrats throughout his life.  He also loved eating out and visiting the Ocean City boardwalk with his family and eating Thrashers French fries while watching the people go by.

He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church of Fairmount, American Legion OT Beauchamp, Post 94, National Rifle Association and the United Auto Workers Union Local 354.  He was also a former member of the Somerset County Sanitary Commission.

He is survived by his three children Gale Catlin Tiso (Armand), Gary S. Catlin (Pam) and Tracy C. Pollitt (Rick).  He is also survived by five grandchildren, Stephanie Ferraro (Danny), Amy and Joshua Catlin and Ricky and Rachel Pollitt.  He is also survived by a great-grandchild, Samantha Ferraro. He is further survived by his sister-in-law, Shirley Ferrante of Ocean City and his brother-in-law, E.D. “Woody” Beauchamp, Jr, of Mississippi. He is also survived by his companion of 17 years, Dorothy Milligan of Pocomoke and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, Betty, he was predeceased by his brother, Tom.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 19th at Hinman Funeral Home in Princess Anne at 11:00 am.  There will be a visitation beginning at 10:00 am.  Burial will be in the Allen Cemetery on Collins Wharf Road in Allen with a luncheon to follow at the Allen Community Hall.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that donations be made to the Humane Society or a charity of your choice.

Funeral services are in the hands of Hinman Funeral Home of Princess Anne, Maryland. Officiating is the Rev. J. Harvey Dixon, pastor of Faith Community Church of Salisbury, Maryland.

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