Walter G. "Mose" Adolph, a retired gas station owner, died of heart failure Thursday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Ruxton resident was 78.
Born in Baltimore and raised on Sherwood Road in Idlewylde, he was a 1948 graduate of Towson High School. He had been a member of the Army Reserves.
Family members said that age 18 he bought a Texaco station on York Road in Govans. In 1957, he was named the Maryland Service Station Owner Dealer of the Year. He was also an auto mechanic.
"He was known for his friendships with members of the Baltimore Colts," said his daughter, Miriam A. Fleury of Wiltondale. "He would also hire some of the players in the off-season."
In the early 1970s, he bought a BP station at 6411 York Road. He retired five years ago.
A member of the Country Club of Maryland, he played golf. He was a past president of the Govans Optimist Club.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road in Rodgers Forge.
In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Hope Haggett; a son, Thomas M. Adolph of Timonium; two other daughters, Anne A. Moelter of Timonium and Molly Smith of Lutherville; three brothers, William Adolph of Owings Mills, Howard Adolph of Towson and Raymond Adolph of Timonium; two sisters, Phyllis Parks of Idlewylde and Patsy Holland of Parkville; and eight grandchildren.