B.J. McCausey, 80, worked at newspapers


Bert J. McCausey Jr., a retired Linotype operator, illustrator and writer, died of pneumonia Sept. 26 at the Winchester, Va., Medical Center.

The 80-year-old former Brooklyn resident moved to Woodstock, Va., in 1985 after retiring in 1976 from the composing room of The Sun, which he had joined in 1960. He had worked at the News-Post and Baltimore American from 1950 to 1960.

He was born in Charleston, Ark., and attended school there. He also attended Oklahoma A&M; College and the Maryland Institute of Art.

He joined the Marines in 1934 and was a rifle instructor at Parris Island, S.C., with the 5th Marines. He was discharged in 1940 at the Marine Corps School at Quantico, Va.

After he was discharged, he married the former Mable Lee Pyles of Baltimore, and the couple returned to eastern Oklahoma, where he became editor of the Heavener Ledger, one of two newspapers owned by his father.

In 1942, he joined the Army Air Corps at Randolph Field in San Antonio. He was a flight instructor at College Station, Texas, and an engineer aboard B-29 bombers at Lowery One in Denver. He later flew troop carriers and was a glider pilot for the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions.

After World War II, he was a flight instructor at Sheridan, Wyo., then a pilot for Ranger Airways, which he and several veterans established. He returned to Baltimore in 1950.

He was a prolific free-lance author, writing and illustrating numerous articles on the American West, Indians and aviation. He was also commissioned to do paintings.

His wife died in 1976. In 1981, he married the former Aileen A. Campbell, a native of Scotland and former nurse and midwife in the Howard County Public Health Department. She is the author and illustrator of "The Wee Scott Book," which was published in 1987 by Pelican Books.

Mr. McCausey was a member of the Western Writers of America, the Dallas-Fort Worth Writers and the Oklahombres. He also belonged to the National Rifle Association, the Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Club and the Communication Workers of America.

He also maintained his Oklahoma Stockman's Association brand, the "Open-Sight M."

"He branded everything in sight, so much so that his dog ran away fearing that he'd be branded next," Mrs. McCausey recalled.

A military funeral was held Oct. 1.

"He was buried with his silk flying scarf, two bullets he packed for his son when he shot his first deer, the MacFarlane tartan from my family and a feather in his hand, an old Indian custom, so he could soar like an eagle," his wife said.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Kathleen McCausey of Cocoa Beach, Fla., Sharon Marshall of Santa Maria, Calif., and Bonnie McCausey of Baltimore; three stepsons, Douglas Dearie of Bowie, Stewart Dearie of Sykesville and John Dearie of Boston; a stepdaughter, Cheryl Dearie of Silver Spring; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Silent Wings dTC Museum, 909 Silent Wings Blvd., Terrell, Texas 75160.

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