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March 16, 1993

Samuel P. Sisler

Coast Guard worker

Samuel P. Sisler, a retired department supervisor at the Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay, died Feb. 5 of pneumonia at the Old Court Nursing Center in Pikesville.

The 90-year-old Randallstown resident retired in 1968 after 29 years at the Coast Guard Yard.

He had come to Baltimore in the early 1930s and operated his own painting contracting company for a time. The Connellsville, Pa., native graduated from Fair Chance (Pa.) High School. He was a member of the Liberty Lodge of the Masons, the Baltimore Forest of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Services were conducted March 9 in Randallstown.

His wife, the former Gladys Edith Shriver, died in 1969.

He is survived by three daughters, Gloria Rector of Chesterton, Ind., Shirley Ann Reigner of Ellicott City and Dianna Lee Rinker of Jacksonville, Fla.; three sons, Samuel Sisler Jr. and William Lee Sisler of Eldersburg, and Wendall Miles Sisler of Pikesville; a sister, Sylvia Ann Coffman of Camp Hill, Pa.; 16 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Max F. Leslie

Pension administrator

Max F. Leslie, a retired pension administrator for Baltimore, died of heart attack at his home on New Year's Eve. He was 63.

A pension administrator from 1971 until his retirement in 1984, he had been a marketing administrator for the Commercial Credit Co. from 1968 until 1971 and had come to Baltimore in 1967 to serve as an assistant manager of corporate planning for the Chesapeake and Ohio and Baltimore and Ohio railroads. He began his railroad career in 1947 as a brakeman and conductor for a subsidiary of the Canadian National Railways, in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.

The Olivet, Mich., native earned an accounting diploma at the Eastern Michigan College of Commerce and graduated from Sir George William College of Montreal with a bachelor's of commerce degree. Later, he earned his MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, where he also did doctoral work.

He held several posts for Canadian National Railways, until 1964 when he began his studies at Columbia. The next year, he joined the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, first as internal audit officer in Cleveland, then superintendent of costs in Chicago and finally in the planning post in Baltimore. In retirement, he had been active in real estate and was associated with Coldwell Banker.

His survivors include two daughters, Martha Leslie Harwit and Diane Leslie Colbert of California; a son, Mark Randall Leslie of White Plains, N.Y.; and four brothers, Joseph Leslie of Davidson, Mich., Robert Leslie of Tampa, Fla., Ralph Leslie of Lakewood, Fla., and Donald Leslie of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Memorial services were conducted Jan. 4 at the Mitchell-Weidefeld Home in Baltimore.

John L. Kratzer

Retired arsenal official

John L. Kratzer, a former employee of the Edgewood Arsenal, died Jan. 30 at his Middle River home from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease).

The 70-year-old Emmaus, Pa., native graduated from high school there and attended the Graduate Academy of Aeronautical Engineering in New York City.

He was employed as an engineer for eight years at the Glenn L. Martin Co. From 1944 to 1946, Mr. Kratzer was assigned to the U.S. Navy Gunnery School at Jacksonville, Fla. He subsequently joined the staff at Edgewood Arsenal and retired as chief of the Missile Warhead Division in 1974.

In his retirement, he built a 38-foot yawl, the Jolle II, out of a bare hull. He was a charter member and past commodore of both the Glenmar Sailing Association and the Spry Island Cruising Club.

A handicapper for the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association and a licensed yacht surveyor, he held a master's license from the Coast Guard and took charter parties out on the Jolle II.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Ann June Bowling; two daughters, Jan Oberst of Mount Airy and Beth Sheely of Edgewood; and two grandchildren.

Services were conducted Feb. 1 at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Middle River.

B. H. Franklin III

Appliance store owner

Benjamin H. Franklin III, who owned an appliance store and was an expediter for the Westinghouse Electric Corp., died March 7 at the Joseph Richey Hospice of complications of diabetes.

The 71-year-old Ocean City resident retired about 20 years ago after working about 25 years at the Westinghouse plant at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

About five years after retiring from Westinghouse, he retired as the owner of the Franklin TV and Appliance Co. in Linthicum. He and his father had started the business about 15 years earlier.

The Baltimore native was a 1942 McDonogh School graduate. He served in the Army Medical Corps in the Philippines during World War II.

Mr. Franklin is survived by his wife, the former Helen Reidy of Baltimore; a daughter, Joan Franklin Ports of Anneslie; a son, Michael Kevin Franklin of the Villa Nova area; and two grandchildren.

Services were held March 10 in Towson.

Angelo DiBiasi


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