Services for Ernest L. Karmasek Sr., a retired freight train conductor, will be held at 10 a.m. today at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4815 Hamilton Ave.
Mr. Karmasek, who was 71, lived on Raspe Avenue. He died of heart failure Monday at Mercy Medical Center.
His railroading career began more than 50 years ago with the Pennsylvania Railroad. He retired from Conrail in 1980.
The Baltimore native served in the Army in Europe during World War II and received a Bronze Star for disabling a German tank. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mr. Karmasek was an avid vegetable gardener and proud of the varieties of tomatoes he grew. He also collected pictures of steam locomotives.
He is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy E. Balk; two sons, Ernest L. Karmasek Jr. of Baltimore and Carl E. Karmasek of Railroad, Pa.; three daughters, Kathe A. O'Quinn, Sharon L. Cavey and Deborah C. Meyers, all of Baltimore; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.