Herman Jerome Preissler Sr., 80, of Westminster, died Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at Brinton Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Born Nov. 11, 1931, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Herman Joseph and Evelyn Wise Preissler. He was the husband of Frances Yvonne Preissler, his wife of 48 years.
In 2012, he celebrated his 60th anniversary of being a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and held the title of Master Electrician. After graduating from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1951, he joined the apprentice program with the IBEW and began work for Howard P. Foley, where he worked and mastered his skill. He became the youngest foreman in company history and later gained the title of general foreman. One of his major projects was the Domino sign seen in the Baltimore skyline.
In 1968, he left Foley and went to work for Burlington Testing Company and in September of 1968 he became certified in electrical maintenance testing through Multi-Amp of Crandford, N.J.
In 1977 he suffered a major cardiac arrest. In 1978, the doctors at Johns Hopkins Medical Center performed the first-ever six bypass surgery on him. He was forced to leave his job and become a stay at home dad. He still consulted with people on electrical work and assisted when possible.
He also volunteered at Uniontown Elementary school for 13 years assisting with classroom projects, working in the computer lab, and spending time molding the young minds. He enjoyed gardening flowers and vegetables, reading science fiction and poetry, especially Edgar Allan Poe. He has designed and assisted building three houses. He was an avid Baltimore Ravens fan and enjoyed watching the games.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are sons Herman J. Preissler Jr. and Carl I. Preissler; a daughter, Karen Diane Davison; brothers Anthony Lawrence Preissler and Bruce Preissler; four grandchildren; and six children from a prior marriage.
The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the time of memorial service, 2 p.m. Saturday at Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster, with the Rev. Richard Shamer officiating. Interment will be private.
Online condolences may be offered at http://www.prittsfuneralhome.com.
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