"He was one heck of a guy and so down to earth. He found the good in everyone and everything. He was a real gentleman," said Mr. Mank.

Mr. Dase also coached Little League baseball for TRC for a decade, including the Duncan Tigers, which was one of the first county teams to play in city leagues. He won two city championships back to back in the 11-12 age group.

Many of his players went on to play high school and college baseball, and several made it to the majors, family members said.

Mr. Dase and his wife were inveterate Towson High School sports fans, where their son, Randall J. "Randy" Dase, had been an outstanding athlete and has been a teacher and coach for the last 38 years.

Mr. Dase enjoyed hunting and fishing and traveling by rail.

"We took the five routes to California and went to Florida every Easter by train," said Mrs. Dase.

Mr. Dase was a member for 50 years of Towson United Methodist Church, where he served on many committees and ushered until last year. For the past 25 years, he and his wife collected fruit and greens for the Williamsburg-inspired decoration that decorated the church's front entrance.

He had been a member for 70 years of ALFA Lodge and Scottish Rite in Dayton, Ohio, and had recently been honored for his years of service to the organization.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 11 at his church, 501 Hampton Lane, Towson.

In addition to his wife of 68 years and son, who lives in Timonium, Mr. Dase is survived by a sister, Suzanne Harshman of Seminole; and two grandsons.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com