Herbert Benjamin Weidel, a retired purchasing manager for an insurance company and a baseball coach, died of lung disease Sunday at Sinai Hospital. The Glen Arm resident was 76.
Born and raised on South Dean Street in Highlandtown, he was a 1949 graduate of Patterson Park High School, where he played soccer and basketball. He got an athletic scholarship to the University of Baltimore, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business and played on four consecutive championship soccer teams.
After serving in the Army, he worked at Baltimore Stationery Co. and then joined Monumental Life Insurance Co., where he worked in purchasing for 32 years.
After his 1995 retirement, he became an assistant junior varsity softball coach at John Carroll High School. He also played in a 60-and-older Beltway League softball team.
At his death, he was vice president of the Old Timers Soccer Association of Maryland and was a board member of the Patterson High School Alumni Association. He also belonged to the University of Baltimore Athletic Alumni.
Services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Johnson Funeral Home, 8521 Loch Raven Blvd.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Suzanne L. Siuta; three sons, Ralph H. Weidel and Steven S. Weidel, both of Baltimore, and Frederick J. Weidel of Joppatowne; a daughter, Valerie S. Weidel of Baltimore; a brother, Edward Weidel of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.