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Lee Gordon Funk, 81, Beth Steel bricklayer


Lee Gordon Funk, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. bricklayer and former longtime Parkville resident, died of heart failure Thursday at his Tolchester home. He was 81.

Mr. Funk was born in Baltimore and raised in Hampden. He attended City College and during World War II worked at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point shipyard.

He earned his General Educational Development certificate while serving in the Army from 1948 to 1949. He was recalled to active duty in 1950 and served for a year in Germany as a tank mechanic.

After completing an apprenticeship, he took a job in the 1950s at Sparrows Point, where he worked as a bricklayer until retiring in 1985.

A Tolchester resident since 2002, Mr. Funk enjoyed thoroughbred horse racing, golfing, and watching baseball and football.

Services are private.

Mr. Funk is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Betty May Lippy; two daughters, Donna J. Miller of Rosedale and Linda L. Gagliano of Rock Hall; a sister, Ruth Thompson of Harrisburg, Pa.; and three grandchildren.

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