William O. Ketchum
Sparrows Point worker
William O. Ketchum, who had retired as an electrician at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant, died of a stroke March 17 at a hospital in Kilmarnock, Va. He was 68.
Born in the Canton section of East Baltimore, he served in the Army during World War II. He began work at the Point when he was in his early 30s.
He and his wife, the former Elsie Cannon, moved to Lewisetta, Va., five years ago. Last August, shortly after Mr. Ketchum had open-heart surgery, they returned to Baltimore to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends.
Mr. Ketchum loved to hunt and fish and was a member of the Edgemere Moose Lodge.
In addition to his wife, his survivors include five daughters, Marie Elizabeth Zartman of Lewisetta, Wilma Ferguson of Callao, Va., and Elsie McCoy, Joann Leone and Eleanor Lemmon, all of Baltimore; two sons, Robert Ketchum of Dundalk and William A. Ketchum Jr. of Warsaw in Baltimore County; two nieces reared by Mr. and Mrs. Ketchum, Joyce Sigai of Ocean City and Lois Thomas of Baltimore; 29 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held March 18 in Lewisetta. Mr. Ketchu had requested that his ashes be spread over the Potomac River. After the memorial service, his wife, children and nieces boarded a boat and honored his request.
Daniel M. O'Connell
Often salesman of the year
A Mass of Christian burial for Daniel M. O'Connell, who was named salesman of the year many times during his 35 years with a manufacturer of paints and other coatings, will be offered at 11:30 a.m. today at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, 6428 York Road.
The Gittings Avenue resident died Saturday at St. Joseph Hospital of complications of respiratory disease and congestive heart failure. He was 68.
He worked for the O'Brien Corp. from 1955 to 1990, specializing in the sale of the products of the Architectural Coatings Division in an East Coast territory. He was a member of the company's Producers Club.
Born in Baltimore, he was a 1941 graduate of Mount St. Joseph College and attended the University of Notre Dame for a year before his service with the Army Air Forces during World War II. He was promoted to first lieutenant as a bombardier stationed in England.
He completed his education at Notre Dame after the war, graduating in 1948.
Before starting with O'Brien, he worked in Washington as a salesman for Remington Rand Inc.
A golfer, he was a member of the Country Club of Maryland for 30 years. He did volunteer work for the Baltimore Symphony Associates and the Concert Artists of Baltimore, a chamber music group.
His first wife, the former Virginia Norris Langdon, died in 1980.
He is survived by his wife, the former Carol Cerney; two sisters, Elizabeth O. Erwin of Louisville, Ky., and Mary Pat O'Donnell of Scarsdale, N.Y.; many nieces; nephews; grandnieces; and grandnephews.
The family suggested memorial contributions to Our Daily Bread.
Gerard H. Edwards
War hero, state official
A Mass of Christian burial for Gerard Hamp Edwards, a decorated Navy pilot in World War II and a retired supervisor in the Maryland comptroller's office, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in New Freedom, Pa.
Mr. Edwards, 70, died Saturday at the nursing facility of the Lutheran Retirement Village in Shrewsbury, Pa., after a stroke.
He retired in 1981 from the Retail Sales Tax Division of the comptroller's office after 25 years of service. He moved from Cockeysville to New Freedom eight years ago.
The Baltimore native was educated at Calvert Hall College and the University of Baltimore.
During World War II, he was a Navy dive bomber pilot serving on aircraft carriers in the Pacific. His decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
On one mission, he brought his plane back to a safe landing after losing two fingers on his right hand to enemy gunfire.
A life member of the Musicians Association of Metropolitan Baltimore, he played guitar with a house band for Martin's Caterers after playing with other bands in the Baltimore area and along the East Coast.
He was a member of the New Freedom Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Parkton Post of the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, the former Amelia Walukas; two sons, Gerard H. Edwards Jr. of Berwyn Heights and Jonathan C. Edwards of Hampstead; a brother, Conrad H. Edwards of Asheville, N.C.; and four grandchildren.