Howard E. Hern, a retired employee of CSX Transportation,died June 11 at a hospital in Newport Beach, Calif., after an apparent heart attack while visiting a daughter. He was 73.
A memorial service for Mr. Hern, a resident of North Rolling Road in Catonsville, was being held today at First Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road in Ellicott City.
He retired in 1979, having started to work for the Baltimore and Ohio railroad in Columbus, Ohio, 43 years earlier. He was transferred to Baltimore in 1966 and later became assistant chief clerk in the CSX computer room.
Born in Columbus, he served in the Coast Guard during World War II.
He was a member of the Palestine Lodge of the Masons, Scottish Rite, Boumi Temple and its Legion of Honor.
He is survived by his wife, the former Mildred J. Klein; two daughters, Janet Major of Irvine, Calif., and Ellen Seikel of Huntsville, Ala.; a son, Larry A. Hern of Catonsville; two brothers, William and Paul Hern, both of Columbus; a sister, Ann Ray of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the Shriners' Crippled Children's Hospitals through the Legion of Honor at Boumi Temple.