William H. Ruth died of cancer Wednesday at a nursing home in Edenton, N.C. He was 74.
A memorial mass for Mr. Ruth will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St.
He was born in West Baltimore and joined the Navy at age 17. He retired from the Navy as a first class boatswain mate after 30 years, then worked for the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. in Baltimore for five years.