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George Harold Shanklin, a retired box company maintenance worker and former Perry Hall resident, died of a heart attack July 7 at a hospital in Leominster, Mass. He was 78.

Mr. Shanklin was born and raised in Fork and graduated from Towson High School in 1949.

He worked for F.X. Hooper Co. Inc. in Glen Arm, manufacturer of corrugated box machinery, until enlisting in the Army in 1952.

He returned to the company in 1954, which by that time had been purchased by the Koppers Co.

Mr. Shanklin later moved to Lunenburg, Mass., and worked in the maintenance department of the Premier Box Co. in Fitchburg, Mass., until retiring in 1988.

Mr. Shanklin enjoyed raising racing pigeons and was an avid baseball fan.

His wife of nearly 50 years, the former Marialyce Ramgren, died in 2002.

He was a member of Leominster United Methodist Church, where a memorial service was held Wednesday.

Surviving are two sons, Michael Shanklin-Wheeler of Jamaica Plain, Mass., and George "Butch" Shanklin of Lunenberg; three daughters, Deborah Harris of Cape May Courthouse, N.J., Cheryl Ann Madden of Vero Beach, Fla., and Vivian St. Hilaire of Kingston, N.H.; a sister, Helen Smith of Perry Hall; his companion, Claire Lincoln of Lunenburg; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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