Otto Karl Boellner Jr., a retired pharmacist and woodworker, died Thursday of heart failure at his Timonium home. He was 85.

Mr. Boellner, the son of a baker and homemaker, was born and raised in East Baltimore. He was a 1942 graduate of City College and earned his pharmacy degree in 1947 from the University of Maryland Pharmacy School.

During World War II, Mr. Boellner enlisted in the Navy and served as a pharmacist's mate in Annapolis.

He began his career in the late 1940s working at the Read Drug and Chemical Co. pharmacy in the 2100 block of East Monument St. He later worked for its successor firm, Rite-Aid, until retiring in the 1990s.

An accomplished woodworker, Mr. Boellner built a 22-foot sailboat, which he enjoyed sailing. He also maintained an interest in archaeology and liked hiking.

The longtime Timonium resident was a member of Towson United Methodist Church.

Services were Saturday.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, the former Peggy Wax; two sons, Timothy K. Boellner of Towson and Russell Boellner of Baldwin; two daughters, Sue Major of Finksburg and Debra Mulcahey of Southbury, Conn.; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

- Frederick N. Rasmussen

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