Robert H. Allen
Worked at Fort Meade
Robert H. Allen, who had a 46-year Army career as a professional soldier and civilian, died of a massive heart attack on Thursday while working at his office in the home inspection division of Fort Meade. Mr. Allen, of Glen Burnie, was 64.
Born in Scranton, Pa., he was with the 2nd Armored Division of the United States Army in Germany during World War II and then served in Korea. After an assignment at Fort Benning, Ga., he was transferred to Fort Meade, where he retired in 1968 with the rank of sergeant first class.
"He was a soldier through and through," said his wife of 38 years, Gisela O. Allen.
After his 24-year career with the Army, he worked for the civil service at Fort Meade for 22 years, including work as a home inspector. He spent his spare time reading.
"He would read from morning to night, if he could," Mrs. Allen said.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Allen is survived by his son, Robert K. Allen, also of Glen Burnie.
Services were to be held at 1:30 p.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W., Glen Burnie, followed by interment at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville.
Kenneth L. Wilson Jr.
Kenneth Lester Wilson Jr., a former member of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps, died of cancer on Oct. 14 at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. He was 89.
Mr. Wilson, a native of Raspeburg, the former name for the neighborhood of Overlea, graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1932 and went to work for the Baltimore Salvage Co. He also worked for the Anderson and Ireland Co. and the Chesapeake and Supply Co. before entering the quartermaster corps in 1943.
In 1946, he was honorably discharged after serving in Fort Lee, Va., and Okinawa. Mr. Wilson then became a manufacturer's representative for his father's hardware company in Gardenville. After his father died, he ran the business with his brother, L. L. "Bill" Wilson of Gladwyne, Pa.
After retiring from the family business in 1974, Mr. Wilson worked with the Norman Lohr Co. and with Jiffy Lube. He underwent open heart surgery in 1983, which led to him moving to Charlotte Hall in 1987.
Mr. Wilson was a member of the Parkville American Legion, the California (Md.) VFW and the Moose Lodge in Millersville.
In addition to his brother, Mr. Wilson is survived by two sons, Kenneth L. of Sparks and Keith W. of Fulton; and two grandchildren.
William Leek Sr.
William Allen Leek Sr. of Severna Park, a retired engineer for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., died Friday of heart failure at North Arundel Hospital. He was 70.
Mr. Leek was a chief engineer with BG&E; at the time of his retirement in 1985.
He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.
He was Past Commander of American Legion Post 175 in Severna Park and was past president of the Severna Park Athletic Association Green Hornets and a member of the Elks Club of Severna Park.
Mr. Leek was born in Pikesville and raised in Baltimore. He had lived in Severna Park since 1952.
He went to work for BG&E; in 1943 and married Verna J. Maichock a year later. She died in 1979.
Mr. Leek is survived by two sons, William A. Leek Jr. of Arnold and Michael J. Leek of Bel Air; two sisters, Velma M. Kesting of Ilchester and Leoba M. Geppi of Pikesville; a brother, James N. Leek of Glen Burnie; and several grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Barranco and Sons Funeral Home, Ritchie Highway at Robinson Road, Severna Park.
Stanley G. Rogers
Stanley G. Rogers, a retired graphic artist for the Naval Surface Warfare Center in White Oak, died Oct. 26 of kidney failure at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Hampton, Va. He was 71.
Mr. Rogers, of Beltsville, joined the Navy warfare facility in 1946. He became a supervisor and worked in management before retiring on disability in 1971.
As a graphic artist, he produced designs and sketches of weapons, submarines and ships. Some of his sketches have been exhibited at the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.
Also a fine artist, he painted portraits, still lifes and landscapes.
During World War II, Mr. Rogers was a sergeant in the Army Air Force.
After the war he received a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and a master's degree in art from American University.
For about 17 years, he taught evening art and graphics classes at the University of Virginia's Arlington campus.
Mr. Rogers was active in the Boy Scouts, the American Legion and the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
He was a 1941 graduate of Ellicott City High School.
A private funeral will be held tomorrow at Arlington National Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Savage.
Mr. Rogers is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Edith R. Ross; a son, William S. Rogers of Frederick; three brothers, Wayne E. Rogers of Elkton, Va., J. Paul Rogers of Goode, Va., and Glenn A. Rogers of Jacksonville, Fla.; and two grandchildren.
The family suggested donations to the VA Medical Center, Attention: Voluntary Services 135, Hampton, Va. 23667.