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Howard Louis Staley, 84, heating oil salesman

Howard Louis Staley, a retired heating oil salesman who was active in the McDonogh School alumni association, died Sunday of complications of pneumonia at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 84 and lived in Timonium before moving to the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville 12 years ago.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he was a 1937 McDonogh graduate and attended the Johns Hopkins University.

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During World War II, he served in the Navy on the destroyer escort USS Farquhar in the South Pacific.

In 35 years with Exxon Corp., he sold heating oil through offices in Canton and Towson. He retired about 20 years ago.

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He was a former president of the McDonogh School Alumni Association, a Mason and a member of the Cockeysville Rotary, heading the program and community service committees.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at McDonogh's Tagart Memorial Chapel on the campus at 8600 McDonogh Road.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Marion Meiser; three daughters, Elizabeth Buraczynski of Baltimore, Frances Berkle of Sykesville and Faith Leahy of Bowie; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


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