Services for Walter E. Mitzel, a retired plumber, will be at 10 a.m. today at the Miller Funeral Home, 6415 Belair Road.
Mr. Mitzel, who was 73, died Saturday at Franklin Square Hospital Center of an apparent heart attack.
The Hamilton resident attended Baltimore public schools and became an apprentice plumber at the age of 16.
After obtaining a master plumber license, he formed Walter E. Mitzel & Son in 1955. He retired in 1980.
During World War II, he served in the Army and was stationed in New Jersey.
Mr. Mitzel enjoyed fishing, hunting, and baseball. He was a member of the Hamilton Democratic Club, the Ham-Lea Pleasure Club and the Joppa Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his wife, the former Roberta Eckenrode; three daughters, Jean Kranz of Abingdon, and Ruth Salzman and Christine Martin of Baltimore; two sons, Walter F. Mitzel of Joppa and Robert W. of Fulton, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.