Joseph Leichling, a longshoreman and lifelong Federal Hill resident, died of cirrhosis of the liver Sunday at University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. He was 55.
Mr. Leichling was born in Baltimore and lived the remainder of his life in a Grindall Street rowhouse.
After graduating from Southern High School in 1969, he served in the Air Force in combat support until being discharged with the rank of sergeant in 1975.
The son of a longshoreman, he followed his father's footsteps and began his 30-year career working on Baltimore's waterfront. He was a member of International Longshoremen's Association Local 333 and spent most of his time working at Dundalk Marine Terminal.
Mr. Leichling enjoyed fishing and building and collecting tall ship models.
Services for Mr. Leichling will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at McCully-Polyniak Funeral Home, 130 E. Fort Ave.
Surviving are his wife of 20 years, the former Darleen Statchuk; a stepson, Michael Vogal of Omaha, Neb.; a stepdaughter, Loretta Vogal of Baltimore; two brothers, John Leichling of Greensboro, Caroline County, and Harvey Leichling of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.