Carroll Rudolph "Dudy" Deems, the retired founder and owner of an electrical supply company and Korean War veteran, died of complications from dementia Dec. 5 at his Churchville home. He was 80.
Mr. Deems was born and raised in South Baltimore. He was a 1948 graduate of Southern High School and served as a sergeant with an infantry unit in Korea from 1952 to 1953.
He had attended Baltimore Junior College and earned a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Baltimore in 1960.
Mr. Deems had worked as an electrical supply salesman for many years before establishing Arrow Electrical Supply Co. in Bel Air in 1973.
He expanded the business to include facilities in Aberdeen and Elkton. He retired in 1993 from the business, which is now operated by his sons.
Mr. Deems was a longtime active member and deacon of the Evangelical Association of God in Bel Air. He was also a member of the Christian Business Men's Committee, where he worked with outreach programs.
He was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener.
Services were Monday.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, the former Eva Joyce Ruark; three sons, Mark T. Deems of Street, Allen D. Deems of Norrisville and Glenn S. Deems of Elkridge; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.