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Wilbur Peddicord Jr., 55, A&P; manager, veteranWilbur...


Wilbur Peddicord Jr., 55, A&P; manager, veteran

Wilbur George "Butch" Peddicord Jr., a decorated Vietnam War veteran and retired A&P; manager, died Saturday of a heart attack at his Hampden home. He was 55.

The lifelong Hampden resident was a graduate of Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical School. He enlisted in the Army in 1968 and served in combat with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam.

"He didn't talk very much about what happened there," said his son Michael W. Peddicord of Hampden. "He killed three snipers, which enabled his platoon to advance before he was shot."

A sergeant at his 1970 discharge, Mr. Peddicord was awarded decorations including the Silver Star; two Bronze Stars, one with Oak Leaf Clusters; two Air Medals; and a Purple Heart.

He began working bagging groceries in the A&P; grocery store on Falls Road in Hampden before joining the Army. After his discharge, he returned to work for the chain, now Super Fresh, and managed stores at Park Circle - where he foiled two robbery attempts - and on York Road in Cedarcroft.

He retired in 1992.

He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3065 in Hampden.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church, 1008 W. 37th St., Hampden.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, the former Julie Macas; another son, Christopher J. Peddicord of Medfield; daughters Lisa Marie Lopez of Medfield and Kimberly Lewis of Frederick; a brother, Robert Peddicord of Hampden; a sister, Janice Beagle of Hampden; and six grandchildren.

Leonard Eugene Doble, 44, nonprofit agency employee

Leonard Eugene Doble, a nonprofit agency employee, died May 3 at Northwest Hospital Center of complications of diabetes and heart disease. He was 44 and lived in Waverly.

Until he retired because of poor health five years ago, he was a construction manager and volunteer coordinator for Baltimore Jobs in Energy Project and the People's Homesteading Group.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Gorsuch Avenue in Waverly, he was a graduate of St. Bernard's Parochial School and Northern High School and served in the Army - attaining the rank of sergeant E-5.

Services were held Sunday.

He is survived by two brothers, Charles Doble and Lawrence Doble, both of Baltimore; a nephew; and two nieces.

Vera E. Shank, 86, teacher, volunteer

Vera E. Shank, a retired teacher who taught deaf and physically and mentally challenged students, died May 3 of respiratory failure at Oak Crest Village. She was 86.

During a teaching career that spanned nearly 40 years, Miss Shank taught special education students in Baltimore public schools, private schools and at Chimes Inc. in Mount Washington before retiring in 1979.

Miss Shank had lived in the Northwood Apartments in Northeast Baltimore for many years before moving to the Parkville retirement community in 1996.

Born in Timonium, she was a 1932 graduate of Forest Park High School, a 1934 graduate of the old Towson State Normal School, and later earned a bachelor's degree from Columbia University.

Shortly after World War II, she went to Germany to help build the International Peace Center.

She was a longtime volunteer at the Baltimore Indian Center, helping establish its children's day care center. In recognition of her voluntarism, it was named the Vera Shank Day Care Center.

Since 1945, she had been a member of the Homewood Friends Meeting in Charles Village.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete.

Miss Shank is survived by a brother, Vernon Shank of Pikesville; a sister, Ella Clarke of Sykesville; and several nieces.

David M. Lancaster Sr., 85, Social Security official

David M. Lancaster Sr., former Baltimore resident and Social Security Administration official, died May 3 of heart failure in Fletcher, N.C. He was 85.

Mr. Lancaster, who had lived in Arden, N.C., for nearly two decades, worked at Social Security hadquarters in Woodlawn as special adviser to the commissioner until retiring in 1982.

A civil engineer during the 1950s, Mr. Lancaster held positions with Philco, Control Data and Auerbach Consulting, where he worked on the early development of rockets and satellites.

During World War II, he was an engineer at the Navy Ordnance Laboratory in Washington.

Born and raised in Palatka, Fla., he earned his engineering degree from George Washington University. He began his engineering career in the 1930s working on oil exploration projects in the United States and South America.

Services were held Monday.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Virginia Patrick; two sons, David M. Lancaster Jr. of Denver and Patrick Lancaster of Atlanta; and a grandson.

Joseph M. Sanzone, 49, sales representative

Joseph M. Sanzone, a former sales representative and musician in numerous Baltimore bands, died Monday of stomach cancer. He was 49.

Mr. Sanzone, a drummer, also taught himself trumpet and violin. His bands - Charm City, Easy, Spirit of Country, the Art Volpe Orchestra and Art Williams Band - performed tunes from country to Top 40.

Mr. Sanzone, who attended parochial and public schools in Baltimore, was a sales representative for Swedish Match Co. and American Cigar Co. for more than 16 years. He also was an avid collector of antique model trains.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Michaels-Overlea Roman Catholic Church on Willow Avenue.

Survivors include his wife, the former Carol A. Prematta, and their children, Laura Marie Sanzone, Daniel Joseph Sanzone and Jeffrey Alexander Sanzone, all at home in Overlea; his father, Joseph J. Sanzone, and stepmother, Helen Sanzone, of Baltimore; two sisters, Jo Ann Kidwell of Annapolis and Sherree Woolford of Forest Hill; and a brother, Michael Bradley of Finksburg.

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