Donald E. GearPurchasing agentDonald E. Gear, a retired...

January 01, 1995

Donald E. Gear

Purchasing agent

Donald E. Gear, a retired purchasing agent for the Potts & Callahan construction company, died of lung cancer Thursday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Towson resident was 73.

Born and reared in Waverly, Mr. Gear built airplanes at Glenn L. Martin Co. during World War II.

Earlier, he was assistant to the district manager in tire sales for U.S. Rubber Co. He retired in 1972, after 12 years with Potts & Callahan.

An avid golfer and fan of horse racing, Mr. Gear spent his leisure time at the Pine Ridge and Mount Pleasant golf courses and the Pimlico and old Bowie race tracks.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld funeral home, 6500 York Road.

Surviving are his wife of 40 years, the former Kathleen Starry; a daughter, Donna Hill of Cub Hill in Baltimore County; a sister, Evelyn Lawrence of Laurel; and two granddaughters.

The family suggested donations to the Greater Baltimore Medical Center Foundation's Cancer Center.

Robert George Roth

Computer technician

Robert George Roth, a computer technician, died Wednesday of lung cancer at his home in Columbia. He was 58.

He had been employed by Communication Systems Technology Inc. in Columbia since 1987, working on electronic communications equipment.

In 1987, he moved to Columbia from Huntington Beach, Calif.

He was born in Lanesboro, Minn., and graduated from Appleton High School in Wisconsin. He joined the Army in 1956 and was an instructor in radar technology. He was discharged in 1959.

He had served on the council of Christ Lutheran Church in Columbia for a year.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Jeffers Hill Community Center, 630 Tamar Drive, Columbia.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, the former Patricia Lemke; two sons, Randy Roth of Westminster, Calif., and Kevin Roth of Baltimore; a daughter, Tammie Jensen of Buena Park, Calif.; three brothers, Arnold Roth of Lake Placid, Fla., Richard Roth of Milwaukee and Orville Roth of Madison, Wis.; and seven grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Christ Lutheran Church Building Fund, c/o of Paul Dankert, 4111 Pemberton Court, Ellicott City 21043; or to Hospice Services of Howard County, 5537 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 433, Columbia 21045.

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