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LeRoy L. Barnes

Worked on atomic bomb

LeRoy L. Barnes, a retired machinist who worked on the atomic bomb project during World War II, died June 8 of a heart attack at Memorial Hospital at Easton. The Chestertown resident was 80.

Mr. Barnes was a machinist for Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River and was assigned to the atomic bomb development program.

"It was secret work, and he never talked about it," said his wife, the former Christina DeVed, whom he married in 1971.

His first wife, the former Elizabeth Strong, whom he married in 1935, died in 1965.

After leaving the Martin Co., he worked for Frank Balmer Corp. as a machinist and foreman of its tool and die department and for Conlan Co., where he performed marine electronic and radar maintenance.

"He used to board ships and fix their radios or radar as they traveled down the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, and then (( he got off and was taken back by the pilot boat to Chesapeake City," Mrs. Barnes said.

From 1971 until his retirement in 1991, he was employed as a machinist at Brambles Marina in Tolchester.

He was born and reared in Fairlee, Kent County, and was a 1930 graduate of Chestertown High School.

"Back in the late 1920s and early '30s, he was the vocalist at Betterton Beach," recalled Mrs. Barnes, who met her husband when they were elementary school students.

Mr. Barnes was a member of Wesley Chapel Methodist Church in Rock Hall, Rock Hall Senior Citizens and the American Association of Retired Persons of Chestertown. He also was a member of the Rock Hall Lions Club and the Chestertown Cotillon Club.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, LeRoy P. Barnes of Ocean Springs, Miss., William W. Barnes of Baltimore and Dennis Barnes of Bel Air; a stepson, Garrett R. DeVed of Panama City, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Carolyn Fisher of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Memorial donations may be made to the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Co., P.O. Box 296, Chestertown 21620, or to the Kent Hospice Foundation, 11 Lynchburg St., Chestertown 21620.

Services were held June 9 in Chestertown, with interment in Parkwood Cemetery in Baltimore.

Owen D. Lewis Sr.

Academy painter

Owen D. Lewis Sr., a retired painter at the U.S. Naval Academy, died Tuesday at North Arundel Hospital of complications from a stroke. He was 88.

He had moved to Glen Burnie from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last fall. He had moved to Florida after he retired in 1968 after more than 20 years at the academy.

The Annapolis native was a graduate of Annapolis High School.

His wife, the former Margaret Rose Eggleston, died in 1980.

A memorial service was held yesterday at Glen Burnie United Methodist Church. Mr. Lewis is survived by a daughter, Margaret Rose Wilkins of Glen Burnie; a son, Owen D. Lewis Jr. of Fort Lauderdale; a sister, Lorraine Loughlin of Annapolis; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Lacy A. Smith

Bank director

Lacy A. Smith, a director of the Farm Credit Bank of Baltimore, died of heart failure Thursday at his home in Buchanan, Va. He was 59.

Mr. Smith was president and chief executive officer of Ageon Farms Inc., a dairy and livestock operation on 850 acres in Botetourt, Va.

He was also a board member for the Roanoke Farm Credit Bank, the Old Dominion Division of Dairymen Inc. and the Botetourt County Industrial Development Authority. Mr. Smith was a member of the Virginia Agribusiness Council and the Buchanan Rotary Club.

In 1992, Mr. Smith received the Leadership Award from the Virginia Council of Farmer Cooperatives.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Anne Lavinder. They were married in 1959.

Other survivors include two daughters, Catherine Page Smith of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Elizabeth Smith LaBell of Lafayette, Ind.; a son, Lewis Gibson Smith of Buchanan, Va.; and a granddaughter.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to Trinity Episcopal Church in Buchanan, Va. Services will be held there today at 2 p.m.

Patrick E. Lynch Jr.

Engineer, designer

Patrick E. Lynch Jr., an engineer, designer and inventor, was killed June 23 in an automobile accident in Parker, Colo. The Govans native was 43.

He moved to Denver in 1983 and designed medical lasers for BioQuantum Technologies. He also owned his own company, Design Resources, where he designed and manufactured an air purifier that is made in Canada. He was the holder of several patents.

He began his career in 1970 designing hand tools for Black & Decker Corp. in Baltimore, and went on to design chain saws for McCullough and a carpet steamer cleaner for Hoover. He also designed computers for Fender Guitars, B.I. Inc. and Outbound Systems, both of Boulder, Colo.

He attended city schools and graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1968. Mr. Lynch earned his bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1975.

He played soprano bugle and was a member of the St. Mary's Drum and Bugle Corps and later the Yankee Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps. While living in Nevada, he sang with the Sierra Nevada Chorale.

He is survived by his wife, the former Patricia Hesse; three stepsons, Brett, Bryce and Brendon Johnson, all of Parker; a brother, John Lawrence of Fallston; two sisters, Linda Blinke of Lutherville and Shirley Zongker of Carney; his parents, Patrick E. and Lucille E. Lynch of Towson; and several nephews and nieces.

Memorial donations may be made to the Patrick Lynch Jr. Memorial Fund, c/o Parker First National Bank, 10900 S. Parker Road, Parker, Colo. 80134.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered June 29 at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church with interment in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

Elizabeth A. Taylor

Former nurse

Elizabeth Ann Snyder Taylor, a former nurse, died July 17 of cancer at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Davidsonville resident was 56.

She went to work for Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville, after leaving nursing in the 1980s. She had been employed by the wholesale gardening supply operation until 1990.

Earlier, she had worked as a nurse at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring and the Bethesda Naval Center.

She was born in Baltimore and was a 1956 graduate of Maryvale Preparatory School in Brooklandville, and graduated in 1964 from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Wilmington, Del. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Marymount College in 1980.

She began her nursing career in 1967 as a staff nurse at the Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Kamuela, Hawaii.

It was while living in Hawaii that Mrs. Taylor developed her lifelong interest in scuba diving. "She was probably one of the very few women divers that went down 200 feet with plain scuba gear," said her husband of 29 years, Chuck Taylor. "She loved diving on the reefs looking for black coral."

Other hobbies included skiing, tennis and running. She also enjoyed gardening.

Services were private.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Michael E. Taylor of Washington, D.C.; three brothers, Al Snyder of Riverton, Frank Snyder and Joe Snyder, both of Baltimore; and three sisters, Mary Ellis of Sykesville, Sally Hardy of Moraga, Calif., and Kathy Nevy of Kent, Washington.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 43025, Baltimore 21236-0025.

David P. Ranker

Boy Scout leader

Scout leader David P. Ranker, 41, of Reisterstown was killed, and his son Raymond was injured in an automobile accident July 15 in North Carolina. The accident occurred near Canton, N.C., where they had been attending a Boy Scout encampment. Raymond, 12, suffered a leg fracture and remains hospitalized at Sinai Hospital.

Born and reared in Pittsburgh, Mr. Ranker attended local schools and was a 1975 graduate of Penn State University. After graduating, he served in the Air Force from 1975 to 1979, when he was discharged with the rank of lieutenant. He then worked at Bolling Field in Washington, D.C., and for the Department of Defense before joining Medicare as an auditor at the agency's Woodlawn headquarters.

Active in the Boy Scouts, he served as cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 143 and was scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 143 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Reisterstown, where he was also financial secretary. An outdoorsman, he enjoyed camping and canoeing in Western Maryland. He also enjoyed collecting American coins.

Other survivors include his wife of 16 years, the former Cynthia Uhl; another son, Phillip Ranker; a daughter, Amy Ranker, all of Reisterstown; two brothers, Richard Ranker of Hays, Kan., and John Ranker of Pittsburgh; four sisters, Jean Donatelli of Quaker City, Ohio, Judy Longton and Mary Miller, both of Pittsburgh, and Kathleen Bouch of Piney Flats, Tenn.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Wednesday at St. Aloyisus Catholic Church in Pittsburgh.

Plans for a memorial service in Baltimore are not complete.

Memorial donations may be made to the David P. Ranker Educational Trust Fund, c/o Key Federal Savings Bank, 7-S Gwynns Mill Court, Owings Mills 21117.

Brian H. Daisey


Brian H. Daisey, an accountant, died Monday of complications from diabetes at his home in Walkersville. The former Towson resident was 42.

For the past two years, Mr. Daisey had been employed as a management accountant for BYK Gardner Inc. in Silver Spring. Earlier, he had worked from 1976 to 1992 in a similar position for Rotorex in Walkersville.

Born and reared in Hampton, he was a 1970 graduate of Dulaney High School and earned his bachelor's degree from Shepherd College in 1974. During college, he was a member of the varsity swimming team and Tau Kappa Epsilon, a national fraternity.

He swam at the Towson YMCA and worked summers as a lifeguard at the Hampton community pool.

He enjoyed working with young adults and taught Sunday school at Otterbein United Methodist Church in Hagerstown, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of eight years, the former Cynthia Hamilton; a brother, Paul Daisey of Bishopville; three sisters, Alice Calhoun of Dagsboro, Del., Carol Daisey of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Dana Remington of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; his parents, Preston J. and Martha Daisey of Hampton; and several nephews and nieces.

Services were held Wednesday at Otterbein United Methodist in Hagerstown. Memorial donations may be made to the church, 108 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown 21740 or the American Diabetes Association, Suite 203, 2 Reservoir Circle, Baltimore 21208.

Herman Lawton Jr.

Worked at bookstore

Herman Lawton Jr., who worked at Gordon's Booksellers, died June 28 of acquired immune deficiency syndrome at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 45.

Earlier, he had lived in Washington, D.C., where he had served as president of Local 2426 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees from 1977 to 1989.

From 1973 to 1974, he was employed as a group leader and psychiatric assistant at the Hospital for Sick Children in Washington and worked for the American Red Cross from 1975 to 1989.

A native of St. Augustine, Fla., he attended schools there and continued his education at St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, eventually earning his bachelor's degree in labor studies in 1986 from Antioch University's George Meany Center for Labor Studies in Silver Spring.

He enjoyed creative writing, music, the performing arts, fishing, hiking and mountain climbing.

He is survived by four sisters, Linda Martin of Dallas, Brenda Singleton of New Orleans, Jeanette Manning and Jackie Humphrey, both of St. Augustine; and his grandmother, Jonnie Mae Brown, also of St. Augustine.

Memorial donations may be made to the Chase Braxton Clinic, Suite 211, 101 W. Read St., Baltimore 21201.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered July 9 at the Roman Catholic Basilica of The Assumption.

Henry W. Doring

Aircraft inspector

Henry W. Doring, a retired aircraft inspector for Martin Marietta Corp., died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Brooklyn Park.

Mr. Doring, who was 79, retired nearly 20 years ago after 35 years of service, mostly at the Middle River plant. Before he started working for what was then Glenn L. Martin Co., he worked in New York for other aircraft companies.

Born and educated in Philadelphia, he earned his private pilot's licenses at 19 and owned a plane as a young man.

He was a member of the Holy Name Society at St. Rose of Lima Church and of the Holy Trinity Council of the Knights of Columbus.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Doring was offered Friday at St. Rose of Lima Church in Brooklyn.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Juanita Rawson; a daughter, Karen Bowen of Millersville; four sons, Michael Doring of Lanham, Mark Doring of Catonsville, and Gregory and Kevin Doring, both of Severna Park; two brothers, William and John Doring, both of Philadelphia; and nine grandchildren.

Marie Catherine Crist

In seafood business

Marie Catherine Crist, who lived in Arnold for 63 years and worked at Haas Seafood, died July 17 of respiratory failure at the Anne Arundel Medical Center. She was 75.

Born in Baltimore, the former Marie Catherine Haas moved with her family to Arnold at age 12.

She was a graduate of St. Patrick's School in Baltimore and of Annapolis High School.

Until she retired about 12 years ago, she helped with the family seafood business in Arnold.

A bowler and an Orioles and Redskins fan, she was also fond of crocheting.

Her husband, Edward C. Crist Sr., died in 1977.

She is survived by two daughters, Kathleen M. Crist and Mary Darleen Crist, both of Arnold; a son, Edward C. Crist Jr. of Pasadena; a sister, Catherine Haas of Arnold; and five grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Crist was offered Wednesday at St. Andrew by the Bay Roman Catholic Church in Cape St. Claire.

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