William Leroy Dunstan, 84, engineer and carpenterWilliam...


William Leroy Dunstan, 84, engineer and carpenter

William Leroy Dunstan Sr., a retired drafting engineer and carpenter, died Sunday of emphysema at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 84.

A resident of Jacksonville in Baltimore County since 1954, Mr. Dunstan retired in the 1970s from Laird, Rock & Small residential builders, where he had been a carpenter for eight years. Earlier, he had been a drafting engineer since the late 1940s for Leary Manufacturing Co. in Baltimore.

Born in New York City and raised on Barclay Street in North Baltimore, Mr. Dunstan was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute.

During World War II, he joined the infantry and served with the 29th Division. He was wounded at Omaha Beach during the Normandy invasion and was decorated with the Purple Heart. He was discharged in 1945 as a sergeant.

An avid golfer, he played at Longview Golf Course in Timonium and Pine Ridge.

He was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3911 Sweet Air Road, in Phoenix, where services will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Dorothy Krieger; two sons, William L. Dunstan Jr. of Reisterstown and Albert K. Dunstan of Baldwin; a daughter, Eleanor D. Davis of Timonium; six grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

Daisy Lee Caldwell, 77, telephone company employee

Daisy Lee Caldwell, a retired Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. of Maryland employee and church organist, died Thursday from complications of a stroke at Future-Care Old Court in Randallstown. She was 77.

The longtime Randallstown resident had worked for 30 years as a C&P; service representative until retiring in 1988. She was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America.

Until her stroke in February, Mrs. Caldwell, who played piano and organ, had been the organist for First Christ Baptist Church in Randallstown.

Earlier, she had been organist at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington. Locally, she had been organist at Cornerstone Baptist, Wildwood Parkway United Methodist, Morningstar Baptist, Mount Zion United Methodist and Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal churches.

Born Daisy Lee Markley in Flat Rock, N.C., she moved to Washington where she graduated from Dunbar High School. She earned a bachelor's degree from Minor Teachers' College, now part of Howard University.

She was married in 1949 to Burley Caldwell, who died last year.

She was a member and organist of Falls Road African Methodist Episcopal Church, where services were held yesterday.

She is survived by her son, Benjamin Caldwell of Philadelphia; special friends Deborah Hammond of Randallstown and Barbara Carrington of Pikesville; and nieces and nephews.

Horace John Kick Jr., 74, founded heating company

Horace John Kick Jr., founder of a Hampden heating and air-conditioning company and ship modeler, died Wednesday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 74.

In 1958, he established Kick Sheet Metal Co. He closed the business two years ago and retired.

A Roland Park resident, he was born in Libertyville, Ill., and graduated from high school there.

In 1944, he joined the Navy and was assigned to the crew of the LSM-29 (landing ship medium) as a motor machinist. He served in the Pacific and participated in the Leyte, Luzon and Okinawa invasions. He was discharged in 1946.

He moved to Baltimore in 1951 and married Margaret "Peggy" Dakshaw in 1956.

In the basement workshop of his Wilmslow Road home, Mr. Kick built models of World War II naval vessels, tugboats and shrimp boats.

Working from ship's plans, he fashioned motorized model ships that were built to a quarter- or half-inch scale.

His model of his former ship, the LSM-29, is on display aboard the carrier Yorktown, which is moored at Patriot's Point Naval Museum in Charleston, S.C. He also displayed his models at Navy reunions.

He was a member of the American Legion in Hampden.

Services were held yesterday at Burgee-Henss-Seitz Funeral Home Inc. in Hampden.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Kick is survived by two daughters, Patricia Ann Shortt of Towson and Deborah Louise Smedley of Perry Hall; five brothers, Ralph Kick of Ringwood, Ill., Harold Kick and David Kick, both of Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Thomas Kick of Marshall, Wis., and Louis Kick of Yorkville, Ill.; a sister, Grace Zimmerman of Pardeeville, Wis.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Donald M. Jett, 85, homebuilder

Donald M. Jett, a Baltimore-area homebuilder who was a leader in Maryland Scottish Rite, died Thursday of cancer at Blakehurst Life Care Community in Towson. He was 85.

Mr. Jett was born in Baltimore and graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1938. He attended the University of Baltimore and Loyola College and received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in the 1940s.

He married Lillian G. Knapp in 1934. She died in 1994.

After working for the post office and serving in the Army during World War II, he started a homebuilding company in 1952. Under the name Donald M. Jett Inc., later known as Jett Development Corp., he bought land and built homes and apartments in Baltimore and Harford counties.

During the 1960s, he was one of the first to build houses in Columbia, said Ann Almond of Towson, his longtime companion.

Mr. Jett moved from Lutherville to Blakehurst in 1994.

Mr. Jett was a past Sovereign Grand Inspector General 33rd Degree of the Maryland Scottish Rite, a past president of the Home Builders Association of Maryland and chairman of the Golfers Charitable Association of Maryland.

An avid golfer, Mr. Jett played at courses around the country and scored his age in golf several times during his 70s and 80s, said Mrs. Almond.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Hammer of Ellicott City and Joan Burgess of Naples, Fla.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Jack H. Sullivan, 79, railroad worker, singer

Jack H. Sullivan, a retired Conrail yardmaster who performed with an Irish singing group, died Sunday of a heart attack at his home in the Medfield section of Baltimore. He was 79.

Born and raised in Hampden, the son of a Pennsylvania Railroad conductor, Mr. Sullivan began his railroad career with the Pennsy after graduating from City College.

Promoted to yardmaster, he supervised the railroad's Bayview Yard in East Baltimore and other area yards. He retired in 1981 from Conrail, a successor company that took over the Pennsy in 1976.

During World War II, he served in the Army Corps of Engineers from 1942 until 1945, when he was discharged. An active Army reservist, he served in the Transportation Corps. He was discharged in 1980 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Proud of his Irish heritage, Mr. Sullivan sang with the Amernai Nagaila (The Irishman's Chorale) and was a longtime member of the Table 20 group at Mick O'Shea's Irish Pub and Restaurant on North Charles Street.

He was a lifelong member of Pickering Masonic Lodge No. 146, Scottish Rite, Boumi Temple and the American Legion.

A memorial service will be held at noon tomorrow at Burgee-Henss-Seitz Funeral Home Inc., 3631 Falls Road, Hampden.

He was married in 1949 to Evelyn Miller, who died in 1978.

He is survived by his wife of nine years, Emma G. Carlo Carr Sullivan; a brother, W. Henry Sullivan of Cape St. Claire; a sister, Helen Fitez of Baltimore; three stepsons, Vernon Narowanski of Taneytown, and Brian Carr and Gilbert Carr, both of Baltimore; two stepdaughters, Regina Rouchard of Lutherville and Laura Towns of Catonsville; seven step-grandchildren; and a step-great-grandchild.

Cynthia G. Pennington, 38, environmental planner

Cynthia Gabbert Pennington, a Baltimore environmental planner who volunteered at a homeless shelter, died Wednesday at University of Maryland Medical Center after being hospitalized for a bacterial infection. She was 38.

Born Cynthia Gabbert and known as "Cyndi," she graduated in 1980 from Alexis I. du Pont High School in Greenville, Del. She attended Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va., and graduated with honors in the mid-1980s from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in natural resources management.

Soon after, she began working as an environmental analyst at Labat-Anderson Inc., a consulting company in Arlington, Va. About five years ago, she joined the engineering firm Whitman Requardt and Associates of Baltimore as an environmental planner.

She married Parker Pennington in 1997.

An active member of Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Mrs. Pennington volunteered for the past two years in the congregation's shelter for the homeless.

Services were yesterday at Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Baltimore.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Pennington is survived by her parents, Lynn and Norma Gabbert of Hockessin, Del.; a brother, Eric Gabbert of Wilmington, Del.; a sister, Lori Kenney of Nashua, N.H.; her maternal grandmother, Zella Bowes of Frankford, W.Va.; and two nephews.

Sylvia M. Millionie, 78, secretary, bookkeeper

Sylvia M. Millionie, a retired secretary and bookkeeper for a Bel Air automobile dealership, died Friday of breast cancer at Willow Valley retirement community in Lancaster, Pa. The former longtime Overlea resident was 78.

For more than 50 years until retiring and moving to Lancaster in 1986, Mrs. Millionie was secretary and bookkeeper at Edwards Motor Co. in Bel Air.

Sylvia Edwards was born and raised in Bel Air and graduated from Harford County public schools. She was married in 1940 to Ernest Millionie, who survives her.

She was a former member of Community Bible Church and enjoyed ceramics.

At the time of her death, she was a member of Grace Brethren Church at Willow Valley, where she volunteered with the church's kitchen committee.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Grace Brethren Church at Willow Valley, 300 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two brothers, John Q. Edwards of Bel Air and James W. Edwards of Street. Her son, John Richard Millionie, died several years ago.

Joseph J. Drechsler Jr., 65, Eastern Orthodox priest

Joseph J. Drechsler Jr., a Baltimore salesman who became an Eastern Orthodox priest, died Saturday of cancer at Frederick Villa Nursing Center in Catonsville. He was 65.

Mr. Drechsler grew up in the West Baltimore neighborhood of Walbrook and graduated from Calvert Hall High School in 1953.

He attended Catonsville Community College and began a career as a salesman, selling Utz potato chips from a truck in Hanover, Pa.

Later he sold ads for The Sun and the News American during the 1960s and 1970s. During the 1970s and 1980s, he sold furniture at several Baltimore furniture stores.

In 1990, he was ordained as a priest and counseled sick patients in nursing homes.

Services are private.

He is survived by a daughter, Angela M. Drechsler of Randallstown; a son, Jody Drechsler of Randallstown; four sisters, Rita Hammert of Florida, Mary Catherine Sterner of Catonsville, Eileen Witti of Westminster and Kathleen Scaldara of Charlotte, N.C.; a brother, Frederick Drechsler of Catonsville; and several nieces and nephews.

Eugene T. Walker, 80, master electrician, veteran

Eugene T. "Fuzzy" Walker, a retired master electrician and World War II veteran, died Thursday of heart failure at St. Agnes HealthCare. He was 80.

Known as "Fuzzy" because of his curly black hair, the longtime Catonsville resident worked for 50 years as a master electrician. He worked at Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Catoctin Mountains, during the Eisenhower years and later on projects such as the Baltimore Beltway and Peach Bottom Nuclear Power Plant. He retired in the late 1980s.

Born in West Baltimore, he was a graduate of Baltimore public schools.

In 1939, he joined the Maryland National Guard and on June 6, 1944, D-Day, he landed at Omaha Beach with the famed 29th Division. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and the siege of Berlin and was discharged in 1945 as a corporal. His decorations included the Bronze Star with oak-leaf cluster.

He was a past master of Landmark Lodge of the Masons and was a member of the 29th Division Veterans Association.

Services were yesterday.

In 1946, he married Mary S. Rohe, who died in 1993. A son, Robert Walker, died in 1994.

He is survived by another son, Richard L. Walker of Catonsville; a stepdaughter, Mary Regina Donohue of Catonsville; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Kathleen M. Hench, 83, Baltimore art teacher

Kathleen M. Hench, an educator who had taught art in Baltimore public schools, died Saturday of pneumonia at Florida Hospital-Altamonte in Altamonte Springs, Fla. She was 83.

A former Northeast Baltimore resident, Mrs. Hench retired in the 1970s and later moved to Lake Mary, Fla.

Born Kathleen Thomas in Wrights, she was a graduate of Dorchester County public schools. She earned an associate's degree from Baltimore Junior College and a bachelor's degree in art education from Towson State College, now Towson University.

She was married for more than 50 years to Donald E. Hench, a chemist at Edgewood Arsenal. He died in 1998.

She was a longtime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Northeast Baltimore.

A memorial service for Mrs. Hench will be held tomorrow at Ascension Lutheran Church in Casselberry, Fla.

She is survived by two sons, D. Eric Hench of Winter Springs, Fla., and B. Craig Hench of Lake Mary; two sisters, Grace DePrine of Baltimore and Ada Parker of Eldersburg; and three grandchildren.

Walter B. Murphy, 78, Social Security executive

Walter B. Murphy, who retired from the Social Security Administration as a branch chief executive, died Sunday of kidney failure at Solomons Nursing Center in Solomons. He was 78.

A former Catonsville resident who had lived in Solomons since retiring in 1981, Mr. Murphy began his career with the SSA in 1944. At the time of his retirement from the agency's Woodlawn headquarters, he was branch chief executive in the systems development department.

Born and raised on Bentalou Street, he was a 1938 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School. During World War II, he served in the Army in the Pacific and was discharged at war's end as a sergeant.

During the 1960s, he had been leader of St. Joseph Monastery Boy Scout Troop No. 180 and had been an active member of Severna Park Knights of Columbus.

He was a parishioner of Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church in Solomons.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church, 2612 Wilkens Ave., Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, Emma D. Simpson Murphy, whom he married in 1957; two sons, James Michael Murphy of Pasadena and Joseph B. Murphy of Lebanon, Tenn.; three daughters, Sheila Ann Morris and Teresa Murphy, both of Solomons, and Jacqueline Cowger of White Marsh; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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