Newell Melanchthon Gerstmyer, a retired salesman for a graphics arts business, died of complications from dementia Friday at the Maryland Masonic Home in Cockeysville. The former Towson resident was 95.
Born in Newville, Pa., he moved to the Patterson Park area as a child and cut short his city public school education at 15. He worked as a printer and electrician, and played trumpet and bass at nightclubs.
During World War II, he served in the merchant marine as an electrician and worked on a hospital ship that made several trips to England to pick up wounded soldiers and bring them to New York.
After the war, he became a salesman for Polychrome Corp., a graphic arts supplier, where he also was a manager. He retired in 1982.
He belonged to the Boumi Temple and played in Pote's Little Symphony, a Shriners organization.
Mr. Gerstmyer was a member of Towson United Methodist Church.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Masonic home's Bonnie Blink Chapel, 300 International Drive.
Survivors include two sons, W. Randall Gerstmyer of Upperco and P. Douglas Gerstmyer of Reisterstown, and four grandchildren. His wife of 65 years, the former Helen Schleuning, died in 2001.