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March 27, 1994

Edgar D. Walker Jr.

Led family business

Edgar D. Walker Jr., retired president of a trucking company started by his father, died Monday of emphysema at Carroll County General Hospital in Westminster. He was 75 and lived in Reisterstown.

He retired in 1980 as president of E.D. Walker & Sons, where he had worked since the mid-1930s. In 1960, the company started a warehousing subsidiary, Edgemere Terminals.

He was born in Baltimore and educated in public schools.

He is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy O. Heckner; a son, Edgar D. Walker III of Parkville; two brothers, George B. Walker of Timonium and Gordon L. Walker of Cecilton; two sisters, N. Shirley Stackhouse of Diamond Head, Miss., and Elaine Walters of Parkville; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the critical care and telemetry units at Carroll County General Hospital.

Services were held Thursday.

Thelma M. Koester

Severna Park resident

Thelma May Koester, who lived in Severna Park for more than 50 years, died Wednesday of cancer at home. She was 82.

The former Thelma May Parker was a native of Baltimore. Her husband, George Koester, died in 1982, and a son, Jerome, died in 1989.

Services were held yesterday at the Barranco and Sons Funeral Home in Severna Park.

Mrs. Koester is survived by a sister, May Cochran of Pasadena; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Charles E. Eveleth

Served in Army

Charles E. Eveleth, a retired Army sergeant major who was an infantryman before he became a tuba player in a military band, died March 18 at his home in Glen Burnie of cancer. He was 76.

Sergeant Eveleth retired in 1977 at Fort Meade where he had been a member of the United States Army Field Band since 1959.

Born in Auburn, Maine, he joined the National Guard there in 1938. During World War II he served in the Pacific with the 103rd Infantry Regiment after it was called into federal service in 1941.

His decorations include the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

He remained in the Army after World War II, serving in Germany and in Arizona before joining the band.

A Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite, he also belonged to Boumi Temple in Baltimore. He played in its brass band and in other community bands after his retirement.

He was also a member of the Harundale Presbyterian Church, where a memorial service was held Monday.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Elizabeth L. Robinson; two daughters, Candace Booth of Memphis, Tenn., and Karen Gogolinski of Pasadena; three sons, Donald P. Eveleth of Towson, Brian C. Eveleth of Severna Park and Bruce A. Eveleth of Lewisburg, Pa; two brothers, Richard T. Eveleth of New York City and Robert D. Eveleth of Bar Harbor, Maine; and 17 grandchildren.

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John C. Decker

Police officer

John Clayton Decker, a retired Baltimore police officer, died Thursday at his home in Manchester of congestive heart failure. He was 65.

Mr. Decker retired from the police department in 1975, after 24 years of service. Later, he managed the former Liberty Theatre in Randallstown for seven years.

Born in Waynesboro, Pa., Mr. Decker moved to Baltimore as a youth with his family. He graduated from Baltimore City College in 1947.

Mr. Decker, a former member of the Maryland Rifle and Pistol Association's board of directors, taught handgun safety for a short time for the Carroll County Sheriff's Department after his retirement.

He also was a member of the Retired Police Association, Fraternal Order of Police, National Rifle Association, Deep Run Rifle and Pistol Association, Door to Virtue Lodge of Westminster, Boumi Temple and the Provost Guard of Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Doris M. Scott of Manchester; a son, Clayton Scott Decker of Hanover, Pa.; a daughter, Julia Umpleby of Mebane, S.C.; and five grandchildren. Another daughter, Barbara Hooper of Ocala, Fla., died in January 1993.

Services for Mr. Decker are planned for 1 p.m. tomorrow at Westminster United Methodist Church, 165 E. Main St., Westminster.

Memorial donations may be made to Carroll Hospice, 95 Carroll St., Westminster 21157.

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