Urban E. Leimkuhler, 82, civil engineer


Urban E. Leimkuhler, a civil engineer and World War II veteran, died of heart failure Jan. 26 at Heartlands Senior Living Village in Ellicott City, where he had lived since 1998. He was 82.

Mr. Leimkuhler was born in Baltimore and raised in Govans. He graduated from Loyola High School in 1939.

He enlisted in the Army in 1942, where he served as an intelligence officer in the 8th Armored Division and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Bronze Star. Mr. Leimkuhler was discharged in 1946 with the rank of captain. He remained an active reservist, attaining the rank of major.

At the war's end, Mr. Leimkuhler returned to the Arundel Corp., where he worked while earning his bachelor's degree in engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. As chief engineer at Arundel, he worked on such projects as dams, bridges and tunnels.

After leaving the company in 1979, he joined the Mass Transit Administration, where he was a consultant on contractor claims relating to construction of the subway. After his retirement in 1989, he remained an MTA consultant for several years.

Since 1998, the former Catonsville resident had lived at the Heartlands retirement community in Ellicott City. Mr. Leimkuhler was a computer enthusiast and enjoyed growing orchids and African violets. He was an avid Orioles fan and a longtime member of St. Mark Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered at the church Saturday.

Mr. Leimkuhler was married for 52 years to the former Anna Mae White, who died in 1998.

He is survived by five sons, Urban E. Leimkuhler Jr. of Southport, Conn., William F. Leimkuhler of Darien, Conn., James H. Leimkuhler of Catonsville, Gerard F. Leimkuhler of New York City and Mark J. Leimkuhler of McLean, Va.; a daughter, Angela Leimkuhler Moran of Arnold; three brothers, William Joseph Leimkuhler of Holland, Pa., Edwin B. Leimkuhler of Arbutus and Ferdinand F. Leimkuhler of Berkeley, Calif.; a sister, Rose Marie Cannon of Bluffton, S.C.; and nine grandchildren.

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