Earl Donald Henck, a retired Westinghouse electrical engineer who was active in his church, died of a brain hemorrhage Thursday at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Towson resident was 81.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Arbutus, he was a 1944 Polytechnic Institute graduate. He joined the Navy in 1945 at age 17. Family members said he was the youngest sailor aboard the USS Howard W . Gilmore.
With the help of the GI Bill, he earned an electrical engineering degree at Purdue University. He later received master's degrees from George Washington University and the Johns Hopkins University. He worked for the Bendix Corp. before joining Westinghouse's Integrated Logistics Systems. He worked on the space shuttle, radar and on a torpedo known as the Mark 48.
He was a former coach of a girls softball team at the Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council in the 1960s.
He enjoyed reading history and was a Baltimore Colts, Ravens and Orioles fan.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1609 Kurtz Ave., Lutherville, where he was a former chairman of its council and worked in its youth sports program.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Lita Gartner; two daughters, Lucy H. Jones of Blackwood, N.J., and Tina H. Creekmore of Edgewater; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.