Walter P. Dent Jr., a retired sales representative and gardener, died Monday in his sleep at the home of his caregiver in Belcamp. He was 98.
Mr. Dent was born in Oakley, St. Mary's County, and was raised in Baltimore and Washington.
During World War I, he moved to Fort Fisher, N.C., to live with his mother's grandfather. After his father returned from World War I, he moved with his family to Philadelphia. He later moved to Oakley, where he graduated from River Springs High in 1927.
After earning a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1932, he worked in sales for Crowell Collier Publishing Co.
From 1959 until he retired in 1981, he sold fire-extinguishing equipment for Fireline Corp.
Mr. Dent lived for 50 years in Kingsville, where he was active in the Gunpowder Improvement Association and helped establish a Little League baseball team.
He enjoyed planting a vegetable garden and sharing its bounty with family and friends.
"He remained an avid storyteller with a particular interest in history. He was probably best known as someone with a story to tell - no dirty words - if someone had a minute to listen," said a daughter, Anayezuka Ahidiana of Bolton Hill.
His wife of 64 years, the former Margaret Pierce, died in 2002.
Mr. Dent was a longtime communicant of St. John's Episcopal Church, 11901 Belair Road in Kingsville, where a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Also surviving are two sons, Walter P. Dent III of Baltimore and John M. Dent of Timonium; another daughter, Winifred M. Pierce of New Bern, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.