Adolph C. Brueckmann, Jr., a retired maintenance supervisor and bird watcher, died of cancer Feb. 4 at his Ellicott City home. He was 68.
Affectionately called "Brooks" or "Joe" by many of his friends, Mr. Brueckmann was born in Catonsville and graduated from
Catonsville High School. He drove for the Davidson Trucking Co. several years before World War II, when he volunteered for the Civil Air Patrol and ended up serving in the Army Air Forces in the Philippines.
After returning home in 1945, Mr. Brueckmann worked as shop manager for the Yankee Engineering Co. and later as maintenance supervisor for Eastalco in Frederick before retiring in 1987.
An enthusiastic bird watcher, Mr. Brueckmann's feeders attracted many species to his back yard.
Mr. Brueckmann is survived by his wife, the former Mary Regina Wiegand; two sons, Frank G. Brueckmann of Woodbine and Russell L. Brueckmann of Ellicott City; five sisters, Patricia Lovell, Mary McCleary, Constance Malinowski, Hilda Handy, all of Baltimore, and Bess Greenstreet of Cooksville; three brothers, Edward T. Brueckmann of Catonsville, Frederick W. Brueckmann and Theodore J. Brueckmann, both of the Eastern Shore; and three grandchildren.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City 21043, or to the American Cancer Society.
A memorial service was held Feb. 6 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church.