Charles Darney Jr. Retired electrician


Services for Charles O. Darney Jr., a retired electrician, will be held at 2 p.m. today at Lemmon-Mitchell-Wiedefeld funeral establishment, 10 W. Padonia Road in Timonium.

Mr. Darney, 71, died Wednesday of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- known as Lou Gehrig's Disease -- at his home on Falls Road in the Chestnut Ridge area.

He retired about nine years ago. He had worked for the Broadmead retirement community at Cockeysville, for Baltimore County and for several electrical contractors, including a family electrical contracting business started by his father.

A native of the Hamilton area of Baltimore, he went to sea at the age of 16. He served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II.

Mr. Darney was a member of the King David Lodge of the Masons.

He is survived by his wife, the former Johann Schmidt; three daughters, M. Christina Caltrider of Pittsfield, Mass., Deborah D. Spicer of Summerville, Ore., and Anne D. Burrueco of Cockeysville; two sons, Charles O. Darney III of Parksburg, Pa., and J. Wayne Darney of Cockeysville; two sisters, Leona Strain and Lola Kreft, both of Baltimore; two brothers, H. Edward Darney of Timonium and Wallace J. Darney of Cape Canaveral, Fla.; and nine grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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