Memoriam

CliffDetweiler

Clifford (Cliff) F. Detweiler – LBG #171

Cliff  Detweiler, age 71 of Gettysburg, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 at his home after a brief illness.  He was born in Lansdale, Pa., on Aug. 14, 1943, the son of the late Raymond and Anna (Moll) Detweiler. Cliff was raised on a dairy farm in Chalfont, Pa., and graduated from Central Bucks High School. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving with the U. S. Army’s 25th Infantry Division as a Tank Driver. Following service he went to work for PECO (old Philadelphia Electric Company from which he retired after 27 years of service. His love of history, especially the Civil War, prompted his move to Gettysburg and his taking of the the Licensed Battlefield Guide Exam.  He was licensed in November of 2000 and received Badge No. 171.  He served as a guide up until his death though illness limited his ability to guide his last year.
Cliff is survived by his wife of 30 years, Carol J. (Schmidt) Detweiler; a niece, Elizabeth and husband Guillermo; two nephews, Christopher and wife Becky and Hans and wife Julieanne; six great nieces and nephews; and his sister-in-law, Mary Jo Detweiler. He was predeceased by his two half-brothers, William and Robert Detweiler. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 at 2 p.m. from St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1530 Augsburg Dr., Hilltown, Pa. with Rev. Joseph Varsanyi, officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Union Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday at the church from 1-2 p.m. and on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at the Monahan Funeral Home, 125 Carlisle St., Gettysburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the National Trust for Historical Preservation, 2600 Virginia Avenue NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20037 or The American Cancer Society, 924 N. Colonial Avenue, York, PA 17403.  Online tributes and condolences can be made at monahanfuneralhome.com.

GETTYSBURG VISITOR’S ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISKS

In consideration of the services of The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides®, their officers,  agents, and members, and/or all other persons or entities associated with those businesses (hereinafter collectively  referred to as “ALBG”) I agree as follows: 

Although ALBG has taken reasonable steps to provide me with appropriate equipment and experienced,  skilled guides so I can enjoy an activity for which I may not be skilled, ALBG has informed me this activity is not  without risk. Certain risks are inherent in each activity and cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique  character of the activity. These inherent risks are some of the same elements that contribute to the unique  character of this activity and can be the cause of loss or damage to my equipment, or accidental injury, illness, or  in extreme cases, permanent injury, trauma and/ or death. ALBG does not want to frighten me or reduce my  enthusiasm for this activity, but believes it is important for me to know in advance what to be aware of and to  expect and to be informed of the inherent risks as reasonably as possible. Most programs will be conducted on  the grounds of the Gettysburg National Military Park (“GNMP”). The following describes some, but not all, of  those risks.

  • Tripping, slipping and/or falling on uneven, slippery and/or brush and/or leaf-covered terrain
  • Exposure to severe weather, including but not limited to: Excessive cold, heat and/or humidity, sun,  heavy rain, thunderstorms, lightening and/or high winds 
  • Exposure to stinging insects, poison ivy and/or poison oak 
  • Traffic on GNMP and public roadways adjacent and through GNMP, which may be heavy at times and  may include, but is not limited to: automobiles, buses, motorcycles, scooters, horses, horse-drawn  vehicles, Segways and bicycles 

I am aware that outdoors programs entail risks of injury, trauma and/or death to any participant. I  understand the description of these inherent risks is as complete as is reasonably possible, and that other unknown  or unanticipated inherent risks may result in injury, trauma and/or death. I agree to assume and accept full  responsibility for the inherent risks identified herein and those inherent risks not specifically identified but may  also occur. My participation in this activity is purely voluntary; no one is forcing me to participate and I elect to  participate in spite of and with full knowledge of the inherent risks. 

I acknowledge that engaging in this activity may require a degree of skill and knowledge different than  other activities and that I have responsibilities as a participant. I acknowledge that the staff of ALBG [and the  Staff of the Gettysburg National Military Park who are publicly available to all Visitors for information at no  charge] has been available to more fully explain to me the nature and physical demands of this activity and the  inherent risks, hazards, and dangers associated with this activity. 

I certify that I am fully capable of participating in this activity. Therefore, I assume and accept full  responsibility for myself, including all minor children in my care, custody, and control, for bodily injury, death or  loss of personal property [including but not limited to automobiles, other vehicles, pets, etc.] and expenses as a  result of those inherent risks and dangers identified herein and those inherent risks and dangers not specifically  identified, and as a result of my negligence in participating in this activity. 

I have carefully read, clearly understood and accepted the terms and conditions stated herein and  acknowledge that this agreement shall be effective and binding upon myself, my heirs, assigns, personal  representative and estate and for all members of my family, including minor children.

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