Weber, Martin retiree, loved people and horses

H. J.

November 14, 1992|By Staff Report

Harry J. Weber, a retired subcontract manager for the Martin Marietta Corp. who was a racehorse owner and polo enthusiast, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Cockeysville.

Services for Mr. Weber, 71, was to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at St. John's Episcopal Church in Glyndon.

Mr. Weber retired about a decade ago after 35 years of service with Martin's aerospace programs in Maryland and Colorado and, lastly, with the space shuttle program in Michoud, La.

The Fork native graduated from high school there, and later studied at the Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University and other schools.

During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces as a gunner on 8th Air Force bombers based in Norwich, England, one of which made a crash landing there after being hit by anti-aircraft fire over Germany. He also saw action over Normandy. His decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross. His wife, the former Rita Langenfelder, described Mr. Weber as "a man who loved life and loved everybody." He worked as a horse breaker as a youth, and his wife noted that he "adored horses" and became active in racing and polo after retiring. One of his horses, Auntienan's Brother, finished second in the first race at Laurel Race Course the day Mr. Weber died.

Mr. Weber also was a member of the group that owns Make A Zillian, winner of the last two Maryland Million steeplechase races.

He was a supporter of the Maryland Polo Club, which recently named a field at the Ladew Gardens in Monkton for the Webers.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Weber is survived by two daughters, Christine W. Brown of Baltimore and Karen W. Bammert of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; four sons, Paul D., Karl D. and Keith T. Weber, all of Baltimore, and Stephen M. Weber of Sparks, Nev.; three stepsons, Jeffrey W., Bryant G. and Herbert S. Waters III, all of Baltimore; and 17 grandchildren.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, 3738 Butler Road, Glyndon. Mr. Weber was an usher at the church.

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