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J. Dennis Carper, marina owner
J. Dennis Carper, marina owner

J. Dennis Carper, a Baltimore County marina owner and yacht builder who was a decorated World War II veteran, died of stroke and dementia complications Dec. 25 at his Essex home. He was 91. Born near New Castle, Va., he worked on the family farm at Meadow Creek outside Roanoke. While at a church function, he met Gertrude Esther Hanks, a girl from nearby Covington who was a minister's daughter. They married in 1942. The couple lived in Virginia while he attended a school for aircraft mechanics. When he heard that the old Glenn L. Martin Co. was hiring at its Middle River plant, he moved to Maryland. He initially roomed at a farmhouse near the plant. According to a family biography,...