William Church Jr. Awarded Purple Heart

April 29, 1991

Services for William F. Church Jr., a Purple Heart veteran and retired foreman at the U.S. Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Ruck Funeral Home, 1050 York Road, Towson.

Mr. Church, who was 71, died of heart failure Friday at his home on Thetford Road near Towson.

Born in Baltimore, he graduated from City College in 1938 and took a job at the Coast Guard Yard. He joined the Navy in February 1944 and served aboard a destroyer escort. He was seriously injured in 1944 during a battle in Germany and spent a year recuperating at Springfield Naval Hospital in Massachusetts.

Mr. Church was awarded the Purple Heart when he was discharged in 1945.

An outdoorsman, Mr. Church fished and hunted throughout Maryland.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, the former Lucille Bergmann; two sons, William F. Church III of Linthicum and John V. Church of Timonium; and three grandchildren.

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