Wilbur C. Garner, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. newsletter editor and a World War II veteran, died of leukemia Friday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 81 and had lived in Randallstown for 46 years.
Mr. Garner worked for the utility for 42 years, much of that time as editor and photographer for a company magazine, Folks, News and Views. He retired in 1982 as supervisor of employee programs.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Walbrook and Idlewylde, he was a 1938 graduate of Towson High School. He earned a business degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1963.
During World War II, he served in the Army and took part in the Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns. While in the service, he identified battlefield casualties and wrote letters home to next of kin. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French government and attained the rank of staff sergeant.
In January 1944, while stationed in Bath, England, Mr. Garner met Gwendoline Rosa Wilkins, a member of the Women of the Royal English Navy, or WRENs. They married Sept. 26, 1944, after Mr. Garner participated in Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of northern France. She died in 2000.
Mr. Garner helped form the Baltimore Gas and Electric Retirees Association, now the Constellation Energy Retirees Association.
A member of the Wingfield Family Society, a genealogical group, he also bowled, gardened and enjoyed photography.
Services were held Monday.
Mr. Garner is survived by a son, Wilbur C. Garner Jr. of Southern Pines, N.C.; two daughters, Carol A. Clements of Cockeysville and Karen L. Messick of Towson; a brother, Bernard S. Garner of Fork; a sister, Mary W. Garner of Pikesville; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.