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John L. Walz, egg producer

John L. Walz, a former typesetter who later ran a Carroll County farm that produced eggs, died of cancer Sunday at his son's Mount Airy home. He was 82.

John Louis Walz was born and raised in Baltimore and was a 1948 graduate of City College.

A pitcher, he played for the Blue Rocks of Wilmington, Del., in the late 1940s and later with the Phillies of Terre Haute, Ind., until an arm injury ended his career, said his wife of 61 years, the former Dorothy "Dot" Ragulski.

After serving in the Army for several years during the Korean War, he worked during the 1950s and 1960s as a typesetter for the Baltimore Typesetting and Composition Co.

He later was a co-founder with his father of the Walz Egg Ranch in Mount Airy, where they raised chickens and furnished eggs to commercial and residential customers.

He retired from the business, which is now closed, and moved to Beverly Hills, Fla., where he lived until returning to Mount Airy two years ago.

An artist, Mr. Walz enjoyed working in watercolors, oils and acrylics, painting landscapes and still lifes. He also liked working on home improvement projects.

A celebration of Mr. Walz's life will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home, 1212 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Bruce John Walz of Mount Airy.

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