Thomas J. Markle, a retired locomotive engineer and longtime Reisterstown resident, died of cancer Thursday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 81.
Mr. Markle was born and raised in Hanover, Pa., and had a public school education.
During World War II, he served with an Army artillery unit in the Pacific.
After the war, Mr. Markle began his railroad career as a fireman with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and later was promoted to engineer.
He worked in freight service and handled runs between Brunswick, Bay View Yards in Baltimore and Philadelphia.
He retired in 1986 from successor company CSX.
He enjoyed working in his yard, photography and computers.
At his request, there will be no funeral service.
Mr. Markle is survived by Joan E. Quinn, his companion of 26 years.