Louis Napfel Jr.

Louis Napfel Jr.

Louis G. "Captain Lou" Napfel Jr., a retired Chesapeake Bay charter boat captain and Korean War veteran, died Saturday of kidney failure at Harbor View Hospital.

The longtime Edgewater resident was 81.

The son of a jewelry box maker and a homemaker, Mr. Napfel was born in Baltimore and raised on Cranston Avenue.

He was a 1948 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in combat in Korea, where he attained the rank of sergeant.

During the 1950s and 1960s, he drove an oil truck for R.S. Leitch Oil Co., and since the early 1950s had held a Coast Guard license to carry paying passengers aboard his boat.

He later became a full-time charter boat captain and sailed from Mill Creek near Annapolis and Chesapeake Beach. He specialized in rockfish charters aboard his boat Carolyn II.

Mr. Napfel, who was known as "Captain Lou," retired last year. He had been an active member of the Maryland Charter Boat Association and the Upper Bay Charter Captains Association.

In addition to fishing, Mr. Napfel was a woodworker and enjoyed bird watching.

Mr. Napfel was a communicant of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church, 515 Loch Haven Road, Edgewater, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday.

Surviving are his wife of 29 years, the former Mary F. Scheel; two sons, Allan Napfel of Arnold and Mike Napfel of Glen Burnie; two stepsons, Bob Walls of Edgewater and Mike Walls of Annapolis; a stepdaughter, Debbie Bruce of Archdale, N.C.; a brother, Ferd Napfel of Pasadena; four granddaughters; and a great-granddaughter. An earlier marriage to the former Pauline Henson ended in divorce.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com