Raphael Walter Skutch, a retired structural engineer and World War II veteran, died Sunday of cancer at Brighton Gardens in Towson. He was 89.
Mr. Skutch was born in Baltimore and raised in Pikesville. He was a City College graduate and enlisted in the Army in 1942.
Mr. Skutch served with the Army Corps of Engineers in the China-Burma-India theater and attained the rank of captain by the time of his discharge in 1946.
After the war, he went to work as a structural engineer for the White Roofing Co. in Baltimore. He subsequently worked for Arthur Phillips & Co., which later became the Williams Co. He retired in 1989.
For many years, Mr. Skutch was a pension fund trustee for Ironworkers Local 16.
A Civil War buff, he enjoyed visiting battlefields and collecting books on the subject. He was an active member of the Civil War Roundtable.
He was also a longtime Colts fan until the team left Baltimore in 1984, family members said.
Mr. Skutch, a 55-year resident of Pikesville, is survived by a son, Janison Noble Skutch of Savannah, Ga.; two daughters, Melissa Jane Park of Baltimore and Susan Frank Frizzell of Granite; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Services were Wednesday.