Jerry J. Ditzel Jr., co-owner of a hazardous waste removal company and an avid golfer, died Nov. 7 from a brain tumor at his Severna Park home. He was 66.

Mr. Ditzel was born in Baltimore and raised in the Lakeland neighborhood in Southwest Baltimore. He was a 1961 graduate of the old St. Martin's High School and earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Baltimore in 1972.

Mr. Ditzel held accounting and marketing positions before becoming a co-owner and president in 2001 of Environmental Technologies Inc., a hazardous waste removal company, based in Severna Park.

He was a member of the Lakeland Boys, a social club, and Bay Hills Golf Club and Sparrows Point Country Club, where he enjoyed golfing.

Mr. Ditzel, who was diagnosed 2 1/2 months ago with the tumor that claimed his life, was a member of the Newcut Crew, a poker club. He also liked to sail, ride horses and swim.

Mr. Ditzel was a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Severna Park, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Friday.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, the former Peggy Swenker; a daughter, Rebecca L. Allender of Millersville; two brothers, Leroy Arthur Ditzel Jr. and Ronald Paul Ditzel, both of Boothbay, Maine; and a grandson.

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