William H. Stellhorn Jr., a retired food broker and World War II veteran, died of heart failure Thursday at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del. The former longtime Timonium resident was 85.
Mr. Stellhorn was born in Baltimore and grew up living above his father's Biddle Street grocery store. He was a 1939 graduate of City College and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in 1943.
He served in the Navy from 1943 to 1945 and earned a Purple Heart during the invasion of Normandy when the landing ship dock he was serving aboard as executive officer was blown up and sunk.
After the war, Mr. Stellhorn remained a Navy reservist for 20 years.
In 1952, he went to work for W.H. Bryan Co., a Baltimore food brokerage, and rose to become a partner. He retired in 1987. Mr. Stellhorn was a past president of the Baltimore-Washington Food Brokers Association.
He then owned a travel agency. After he sold the business, it became part of Accent On Travel.
He was an active member of the Terrapin Club and an avid University of Maryland football and basketball fan, seldom missing a home game until his health began to fail.
A Lewes resident since 1998, Mr. Stellhorn was also was a jazz, Dixieland and big-band fan.
He was a member of Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane, where a memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, the former Lillian Clark; a son, Richard C. Stellhorn of Lutherville; two sisters, Doris Ramsdell of Timonium and Phyllis Spangler of Sparks; and three grandsons. Another son, William H. Stellhorn III, died in 1988.