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Charles Wiley Snyder, 80, military officer, philatelistCharles...


Charles Wiley Snyder, 80, military officer, philatelist

Charles Wiley Snyder, retired career military officer and philatelist, died Thursday from complications of dementia at Fort Howard Veterans Hospital. The longtime Hamilton resident was 80.

Mr. Snyder joined the Army in 1942 and served in the Pacific during World War II. He was later assigned to intelligence, where much of his work was classified. He served in Vietnam until being discharged in the early 1970s.

An avid stamp collector, one of Mr. Snyder's specialties was collecting Dec. 25th postmarks and cancellations.

During the 1960s and 1970s, he operated the Neva & Sharon Stamp Co., named for his wife and daughter. He was a member of the American Philatelic Society, Chesapeake Philatelic Society and Baltimore Philatelic Society.

He was born and raised in Bridgeton, N.J., where he graduated from high school. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master's degree from Georgetown University.

He was married in 1941 to the former Neva Bower, who survives him.

Services were held Monday.

He also is survived by his daughter, Sharon Brodt of Pasadena.

J. Seeger Kerns, 94, check printing official

J. Seeger Kerns, a retired American Bank Stationery Co. official, died Saturday of heart failure at Roland Park Place. He was 94.

He was a former longtime resident of Chattolanee in the Green Spring Valley.

Mr. Kerns began his career with the check printing firm as a salesman in 1934. He advanced to sales manager and then senior vice president of the Pulaski Highway company.

He also served on the board of directors until his retirement in 1981.

Born and raised in Northwest Baltimore, he was a 1923 graduate of Loyola High School, then located on North Calvert Street. He attended the Johns Hopkins University but left to help support his family after his father's death.

A golfer, he was a member of the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, the Elkridge Club and the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla.

In 1930, he married Marie Louise Walker, who died in 1971. In 1978, he married Isabella Staub.

He was a former communicant of St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church in Pikesville.

Since 1984, he had been a communicant of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, John S. Kerns Jr. of Guilford; three grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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