Kenneth L. Mann, a retired Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. engineer and decorated World War II veteran, died of heart failure Tuesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Parkville resident was 84.
Mr. Mann was born and raised in Highlandtown and graduated from Polytechnic Institute. He also attended the University of Baltimore.
In 1941, he enlisted in the Army and served in the North African and Italian campaigns. He was wounded in Italy and was awarded a Purple Heart.
He was decorated with the Silver Star and Bronze Star and was discharged with the rank of lieutenant in 1946.
"He never talked about those decorations and or why he got them," said Edgar Walker, a son-in-law who lives in Abingdon.
Mr. Mann, who began working for BGE in 1940, was an electrical engineer assigned to the company's construction division.
He retired in 1982.
He was a former partner and owner of Mann & Shaw, a decorating company that specialized in work at banks.
Mr. Mann also enjoyed woodworking.
He was a member of Calvary Tabernacle Church in Northeast Baltimore, where services were held yesterday .
Mr. Mann is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Virginia Jinks; a son, Reichard P. Mann of Lawrenceville, Ga.; three daughters, Cherie Walker of Abingdon, Brenda C. Citro of Street, and Jeanine A. Skeen of Timonium; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.