Wilbur E. WegnerPrinting supervisorWilbur E. Wegner, a...


February 27, 1993

Wilbur E. Wegner

Printing supervisor

Wilbur E. Wegner, a retired supervisor for a printing and bookbinding company, died Wednesday at the Charlestown Retirement Community of complications from a stroke.

The 84-year-old Charlestown resident retired in 1972 after many years with Moore & Co. A native of Baltimore, he was a graduate of the old Mergenthaler printing school. He gained the nickname "Doc" while serving in the Army Medical Corps during World War II.

The member of the Montfaucon Post of the American Legion also belonged to the Box 414 Association. A former Sunday school superintendent at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pimlico, he later became a member of the Towson United Methodist Church, where he served as president of the United Methodist Men, which named him Man of the Year in 1990.

He was also a former president of the Towson Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons. A member of the Mount Moriah Lodge of the Masons, he also belonged to the York Rite and Boumi Temple.

Services were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road, Towson.

His wife, the former Eugenia A. Meyers, died in 1991. He is survived by a brother-in-law, Grafton Meyers of Towson; two nieces, Sandra Spicer of Severna Park and Debra Law

rence of Riverside, N.J.; and a nephew, Ronald Meyers of Abingdon.

Truman E. Smith

Master weigher

Truman E. Smith, a retired master weigher at the Davison Chemical Division of W. R. Grace & Co., died Wednesday of cancer at North Arundel Hospital.

Mr. Smith, was 81 and had lived in Severn for 59 years. He retired in 1974 after 30 years of service with the company. The Hunlocks, Pa., native attended public schools in Shickshinny, Pa..

He served in the Army during World War II and was taken prisoner during the Battle of the Bulge.

Services were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W., Glen Burnie.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Grace E. Waltman; a daughter, Darlene Smith-Corning of Severn; and three sisters, Mary Jane Taylor of Huntington Mills, Pa., and Cassie Smith and Doretha Zuccarini, both of Shickshinny, Pa.

Ben LaRocque

Ships' chief steward

Ben LaRocque, a retired chief steward aboard merchant ships who settled in Baltimore in 1948, died Thursday at the Liberty Medical Center of complications from Alzheimer's disease.

The 87-year-old Medfield area resident retired nearly 25 years ago. His 45 years at sea included service aboard ships in the Normandy invasion in World War II and during the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Born Bienvinetl Rocqueno Dagusman Bautista in Cavite City, Philippines, he changed his name while working as a movie extra during his student days at the University of California at Los Angeles. After his retirement as a chief steward, he worked part time for about 10 years as a guard at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Services were to be conducted at 5:30 p.m. today at the A. Alan Seitz Funeral Home, 3818 Roland Ave., Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ruth Wingate; a daughter, Lolita Geri of Baltimore; five sons, Gregory LaRocque of Manila, Philippines, and Jeffrey, Rafael, Ricardo and Terry LaRocque, all of Baltimore; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Shirley L. Cox

Former music teacher

Shirley L. Cox, a former music teacher who was active as a fund-raiser for musical groups, died Sunday of cancer at her home in Guilford. She was 61.

A memorial service for Mrs. Cox was to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. in Baltimore.

Joseph T. News

Retired executive

Joseph T. News, retired president of Baltimore Business Machines Inc., died Feb. 18 of a heart attack while on vacation in the Cayman Islands.

The 68-year-old Catonsville resident retired two weeks earlier from the company he joined in the early 1980s. Previously, he had lived in Richmond, Va., where he started the Capital Office Equipment Co. in 1963. He sold the company, which by then included three stores, shortly before moving to the Baltimore area. A native of Philadelphia, he was a graduate of LaSalle University.

During World War II, he was commissioned while serving in the Army. He returned to active duty during the Korean War, and later served with an Army Reserve hospital unit in Richmond, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. His decorations included the Bronze Star.

A former president of the Eastern Regional Office Machine Dealers Association, he also had been active in civic, service and business groups in Richmond.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, St. Agnes Lane and Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville.

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