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Carl R. "Randy" Boles Sr., security expert

Carl R. "Randy" Boles Sr., a retired security expert who was a fan of classic Western movies, died Sunday of complications from pneumonia and cardiac arrest at Baltimore-Washington Medical Center. He was 74.

The son of a sheet metal worker and a homemaker, Carl Randolph Boles Sr. was born in Lynchburg, Va., and moved with his family to Baltimore in 1944.

Mr. Boles, who did not attend high school, went to work setting type for a newspaper before following his father to Bethlehem Steel Corp., where he was a sheet metal worker.

In 1962, while continuing to work at Sparrows Point, he began a second job as a cemetery worker at Moreland Memorial Park Cemetery in Parkville.

He later became caretaker at B'nai Israel Cemetery in Northeast Baltimore and at United Hebrew Cemetery on Washington Boulevard.

Mr. Boles changed careers when he joined the security team at a Montgomery Ward department store.

In 1982, he took a job in security at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel. He retired in 2002.

A Jessup resident, Mr. Boles was a collector of firearms and was a member of the National Rifle Association. He was a fan of classic Westerns and liked attending the theater.

"He was a cowboy at heart," said his son, Carl R. Boles Jr. of Laurel.

Mr. Boles donated his body to the Maryland Anatomy Board, family members said.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Jessup Baptist Church, Route 175 and Brockridge Road, Jessup, where he was a member.

In addition to his son, Mr. Boles is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Diane Ruth Young; three sisters, Norma "Sis" Beverage, Cathy Benson and Bonnie Simons, all of Dundalk; and three grandsons. His daughter, Christina Lee Fitch, died in 2009.

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