Services for Edgar L. Sperl, who had been a developer and builder and restaurant owner, will be held at noon today at the Evans Funeral Home, 8800 Harford Road.
Mr. Sperl, who was 67, died Wednesday of leukemia at his home on East Avenue in Carney, next door to the home in which he was born.
For the past five years, he has worked as a consultant on projects that his son has been developing. Earlier, he operated the Sperl Construction Co. and built nearly a thousand homes in northeastern Baltimore County.
Fond of cooking, he not only would prepare game for as many as 100 guests, but also ran restaurants with his wife -- restaurants where he often worked as the chief cook.
He began with the Roma Inn on Harford Road, from 1954 until 1957, and then in the 1960s built and operated Sperl's Restaurant, also on Harford Road, which later became Bowman's restaurant. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he owned the Orchard Inn on Joppa Road.
A graduate of the Towson High School, he served in the Army Air Forces in Europe during World War II.
He also worked for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and for what is now Martin Marietta Corp.
A former president of the Carney Rod and Gun Club, he was fond of crabbing, flying and gardening.
He was a member of the Mount Moriah Lodge of the Masons, the Scottish Rite and Boumi Temple.
Mr. Sperl is survived by his wife, the former Ethel Dulaney; two sons, Thomas W. Sperl and Gary L. Sperl; two brothers, John E. Sperl and Lingard M. Sperl; a sister, Mary L. Chenoweth; and three granddaughters. All are of Carney.