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Stewart L. Koehler Sr.

Title company officer

Stewart L. Koehler Sr., a retired vice president of the Title Guarantee Co., died of heart failure at his home in Catonsville Friday. He was 67.

Mr. Koehler was recognized in his field as an expert in the legal and regulatory aspects of titling real estate and, according to a friend of 30 years, was known in his profession as "Mr. Title Guarantee."

"He was on a first-name basis with all the principal Realtors and developers and bankers," said Martin G. Corry, a retired insurance executive.

"He was really extremely popular," Mr. Corry said, adding that "he was the front-line salesman" for Title Guarantee, which became the Safeco Title Insurance Co. of Maryland in 1980.

Mr. Koehler was born in Baltimore, the son of the late Henry A. and Mary McGuire Koehler. A graduate of Loyola High School and Loyola College, he served in the Army in World War II.

He is survived by his wife, the former Helen Horn; four sons, Dr. Stewart L. Koehler Jr. and Gregory J. Koehler, both of Baltimore; Paul J. Koehler of Catonsville; and Mark A. Koehler of Finksburg; two daughters, Katherine Lancelotta of Ellicott City and Susan Costello of Catonsville; two sisters, Mary Krieger of Glen Arm and Nancy Chenoweth of Timonium; and 17 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at noon tomorrow in the chapel at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 30 Melvin Ave., Catonsville. Burial will be in the Baltimore National Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Loyola High School.

Frederick Hallengren

Airplane mechanic

Frederick C. Hallengren, a retired airplane mechanic who worked on old cloth-covered planes as well as modern airliners, died Tuesday of heart failure at the Wesleyan Health Care Center in Denton.

Mr. Hallengren, who was 85, moved in 1990 from Southeast Baltimore to the Eastern Shore, living for a time in Bridgeville, Del.

He retired in 1972 from United Airlines at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport after starting work for a predecessor, Capital Airlines, at the old Harbor Field in the late 1940s.

During World War II, he worked as an inspector for the Glenn L. Martin Co.

Earlier he had worked for Pan American and Eastern airlines. He came to Baltimore in the late 1930s after working at airports in Miami and San Diego.

Mr. Hallengren was a 1934 graduate of Parks Air College in St. Louis and was certified as an airplane and power plant mechanic.

At Parks, he learned to repair cloth-covered planes and later in his career was called upon to fix antique planes. He was a member of the Silver Wings Fraternity and the OX-5 Aviation Pioneers.

While working in Baltimore, Mr. Hallengren became an adviser on the design of the original Friendship Airport, now BWI.

Born in New York City but raised on a farm near Binghamton, N.Y., he had been an ambulance driver and a chauffeur in New York City before attending the St. Louis school.

A Machinists union organizer as a young man, he later wrote letters to public officials and joined demonstrations in opposition to the Vietnam War and in support of the civil rights movement.

Mr. Hallengren also served as secretary of the Southeast Community Organization and was a charter member of the Bay View Civic Association.

Services for Mr. Hallengren were held Saturday in Federalsburg.

He is survived by his wife, the former Kirsten Mondo; two sons, Eric C. Hallengren of Baltimore and Roger D. Hallengren of Timonium; a daughter, Kathleen M. Kendrick of Pasadena; two sisters, Mildred Fretterd of Federalsburg and Anna Hawk of Seaford, Del.; and two grandchildren.

Richard Soule Dana

J. C. Penney executive

Richard Soule Dana, a retired department store executive whose ancestry traced to early American colonists Miles Standish and John Alden, died Feb. 15 of cardiovascular problems at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 72.

Mr. Dana, who had lived in Annapolis for the past five years, retired as an executive with J. C. Penney Co. Inc. about 15 years ago. He had been a store manager and area manager before becoming its Washington representative. He had worked for the company for 32 years.

Mr. Dana served as a first lieutenant in World War II.

The Connecticut native, who had previously lived in Alexandria, Va., had attended Yale University before joining the Army.

Mr. Dana's genealogy had been traced in "The Dana Family in America" (1956) by Elizabeth Ellery Dana. Other famous relatives included Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

"His love of country was derived from his ancestors," said Ann Harwood Read, a friend.

In his retirement, Mr. Dana was able to pursue his lifelong interest in sailing. Ms. Read described him as an avid sailor and said they often cruised the Chesapeake Bay.

In 1989, he traveled the Intercoastal Highway by sailboat to Florida for the first time.

He also enjoyed a longtime hobby as a water colorist, Ms. Read said.

Mr. Dana also had worked at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, assisting visitors.

He is survived by a son, Gregory R. Dana of Paris; a daughter, Monique C. Dana of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two brothers, Dr. Alan S. Dana of Rosemont, Pa., and John W. Dana II of Hamden, Conn.; and two grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held tomorrow in Milford, Conn.

The family suggested donations to any charitable organization.

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