Carl H. Muhlbauer, a retired supervisor at Bethlehem Steel's Key Highway shipyard who worked on the restoration of the Constellation, died of a brain hemorrhage Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The Parkville resident was 84.
Mr. Muhlbauer was born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville. He was a 1938 graduate of Catonsville High School and earned a certificate in drafting from Maryland Institute College of Art.
He began working at the shipyard during World War II and served in the Army in the Philippines in 1946 and 1947. Returning to Baltimore, he was promoted to supervisor of the shipyard's blacksmith shop and the company's fire department. He retired in 1983.
"His love of ships and commerce was always apparent in his frequent visits to the docks of Baltimore, where he spent many a cold, frigid night away from home during his working days keeping anchor chains repaired and getting disabled ships back on schedule," said his son, Carl E. Muhlbauer of Parkville.
The elder Mr. Muhlbauer liked fashioning from scrap metal accessories for home and garden that he gave to friends and colleagues.
"Much of his decorative hardware is still holding up mailboxes, doors and other common structures," his son said. "He designed and made the pins that held the decking and timbers together on the USS Constellation and took pride in showing that work to others."
For years, he maintained a vegetable garden and liked canning his peaches and tomatoes.
Mr. Muhlbauer was a longtime member and usher at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 1201 Taylor Ave., where services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
In addition to his son, Mr. Muhlbauer is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Louise Weibe; a daughter, Pamela A. Hart of Perry Hall; a brother, Frank Muhlbauer of Marriottsville; a sister, Theresa Koelbel of Woodstock, Howard County; and two grandsons.