Edwin W. Thate, a retired cemetery plot salesman, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Hamilton resident was 89.
Born in Norborne, Mo., he moved to Baltimore in 1941 to assemble B-26 bombers at the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.
He worked in cemetery sales at Moreland Memorial Park and later at Parkwood Cemetery. He retired more than 15 years ago.
Mr. Thate was vice president of the Towson chapter of Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International from 1967 until 1989.
In his free time, Mr. Thate enjoyed working in his garage or on a porch as an amateur inventor. Family member members said he made household tools and devices.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Gospel Tabernacle, 8855 Belair Road, Perry Hall.
Survivors include three sons, Edwin W. Thate Jr. and Rodger Thate, both of Parkville, and Richard Thate of Timonium; a daughter, Joan Betz of Fallston; a brother, Elmer Thate of Olathe, Kan.; a sister, Dorothy Hanske of St. Louis; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His marriage to the former Madie Weber ended in divorce.