Joseph Bachtler

Born July 28, 1928

On April 21, 2018, the planet lost one of its best Good Guys (who wore a black hat). Joe Bachtler, 89, served as U. S. Marine, volunteer firefighter, fire chief at Callery Chemical and U.S. Steel, instructor and Director of Maryland Fire Service Extension/Fire and Rescue Institute, and faculty of the National Fire Academy. Joe had a penchant for fireworks, anything with chocolate and peanut butter, everything that moved fast, lapsing into accents, telling jokes, singing and playing music, and doing good deeds with a big heart. He mentored many firefighters and race car drivers. His legacy includes the Christian Shelter, prison ministry, Apple Chapel at Summit Point Motor Sports Park, Prayers of an Unpolished Man with Rough Hands, beautiful woodworking, Bachtler's Store of Useless Knowledge, and teaching his children inappropriate songs on family drives. Joe married Dede (Lillian) Emmert in 1952. They loved to travel, always hand-in-hand. He is survived by two daughters: Robin Bachtler Cushman (John Hazen) and Shawn Bachtler; six grandchildren: Sage Cushman, Brandon and Austin Bowden, and Joel Hazen(Mandy), Kurt, and Keith (Lisa) Hazen-Diehm; great-grandsons Avree Bowden and Holden Hazen; and many others who loved and were loved by him. He is predeceased by wife Dede and daughter Jodee Bowden (Steve). He lived in Salisbury for 38 years and was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. A celebration of life and memorial service will be held on June 16 at 11:00 AM at Grace United Methodist Church, 635 E Church St, Salisbury, MD. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests sending memorial contributions to Grace Church Memorial Fund, Coastal Hospice, or Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, June 16, 2018

Joseph Bachtler

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