Robert Koning, 54, who commanded merchant ships before becoming a marine surveyor in the Port of Baltimore, died Monday at the University of Maryland Medical Center of complications from cancer.
A mass of Christian burial was being offered today at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 3615 Harford Road.
Mr. Koning had lived in the Montebello and Mount Vernon areas since settling in Baltimore in 1980. After coming here, he had worked as an inspector of ships and their cargoes, most recently for the National Cargo Bureau Inc.
A native of Amsterdam and a graduate of a school for ship's officers in the Netherlands, he had been captain of ships under the Dutch and