Richard L. Stultz, former Union Bridge mayor, dies

Richard Lee Stultz, former mayor of Union Bridge and a Korean War veteran, died Sept. 27 of a cerebral hemorrhage at Carroll Hospital Center. He was 81.

Mr. Stultz, the son of a Lehigh Portland Cement Co. worker and a homemaker, was born in Hagerstown and raised in Union Bridge.

He was a 1947 graduate of Elmer Wolfe High School and during the Korean War served with the Navy's amphibious forces of the Atlantic Squadron.

Mr. Stultz worked as a carpenter for more than 40 years for Lehigh Portland Cement Co. in Union Bridge, until retiring in the 1990s. He was a member of Local 31 of the United Cement, Lime and Gypsum Workers Union.

He was an active member and volunteer of Project Liberty Ship that restored the S.S. John W. Brown, a Liberty ship that had been built in Baltimore in 1942, after her return to the city in 1988.

After the Brown returned to sailing, Mr. Stultz worked in the ship's engine room as a fireman and water tender.

In 2000, he sailed for 31/2 months on the Brown's Great Lake cruise tending to the ship's boilers. During the ship's voyage north from Baltimore, he flew his personal American flag from its mast.

"I love this great country of ours and I'll be buried with this flag when I die," he told Ernest F. Imhoff, a former Baltimore Sun and Evening Sun editor, who wrote a two volume history of the Brown.

Active in Republican politics, Mr. Stultz was mayor of Union Bridge from 1971 to 1975.

He had also been a member of the town council and was a member of the West Carroll Republican Club, Union Bridge Volunteer Fire Co. and Post 8806 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The lifelong Union Bridge resident was a member and Sunday school teacher and superintendant at St. James Lutheran Church.

Services were Oct. 2.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, the former E. Yvonne Mentzer of Union Bridge; a son, Richard E. Stultz of Union Bridge; two daughters, Diane Bowen of Westminster and Cathi McWilliams of Hampstead; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Another son, Earl Edward Stultz, died in 1959.

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