James R. Wisner, 67, ran food markets

November 07, 1991

James R. Wisner, who was retired from the grocery business in Owings Mills and Hereford, died Sunday at his home in Parkton after a heart attack. He was 67.

Services for Mr. Wisner were being held today at the Eckhardt funeral establishment, 11605 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills.

He began Wisner's Market, the first supermarket in the Owings Mills area, in the late 1940s. He founded and was the first treasurer of the Pleasant Hill Building and Loan Association, which also was the first in the area.

In 1964, he opened a market in Hereford, from which he retired about 10 years ago.

After his retirement, he raised cattle and continued an interest in real estate development in Baltimore County and in Baltimore, where he specialized in renovating buildings.

Born in Mount Carmel, he was educated at Sparks High School and the University of Maryland, and was a member of their track teams.

He also competed in Amateur Athletic Union track and field meets in many events and was picked as a member of the U.S. team for the 1942 Olympics, which were canceled because of World War II.

In the mid-1940s, he coached the track and field team at Hereford High School.

He remained interested in running and competed in Senior Olympics events during the 1980s. Mr. Wisner was a member of the Reisterstown Lions Club and the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.

His marriage to the former Marie von Gunten ended in divorce.

He is survived by four daughters, Jean Wisner Aims of Laramie, Wyo., Holly Wisner Feist of Rock Point, Priscilla Wisner of Ithaca, N.Y., and Patricia Wisner Miller of Reisterstown; two sons, Douglas Wade Wisner of Knoxville, Tenn., and Roger Sanford Miller of Catonsville; four sisters, Martha Howard of Upperco, Helen Canoles of Hampstead, Dorothy Kessler of Las Cruces, N.M., and Esther Poe of Timonium; a brother, William Wisner of Hampstead; and six grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Baltimore County Humane Society.

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