Richard T. McKeeCity schoolteacherRichard T. McKee, a...

September 10, 1995

Richard T. McKee

City schoolteacher

Richard T. McKee, a retired Baltimore public schools physical education instructor, died Thursday of cancer at his home in Overlea. He was 62.

Mr. McKee retired in 1990 after 35 years with the school system.

He taught at middle and high schools, including City College, Southern High School, where he coached football in the late 1960s, and Northern Parkway Junior High. At the time of his retirement he was on the faculty at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Brooklyn.

Born and raised in Highlandtown, he attended St. Brigid's School and graduated in 1951 from Patterson Park High School, where he played football and was a member of the track team. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1955 from the University of Maryland.

As a youth, he played several sports for the Highlandtown branch of the Red Shield Boys Club directed by the late Eugene J. "Utz" Twardowicz, one of the best-known figures in Baltimore amateur sports.

Mr. McKee was an avid vegetable gardener and enjoyed collecting model trains and coins.

He was a communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Cardinal Gibbons Council.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Belair Road and Willow Avenue, Overlea.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Margaret Spanglo; two sons, Richard McKee of Bel Air and Thomas McKee of Abingdon; two daughters, Peggy McKee and Jean Lhotsky, both of Abingdon; two sisters, Lorrain Beach of Bel Air ++ and Mary Jane Hanley of Overlea; and six grandchildren.

Michael J. Derenge, 73, who retired in 1985 after about 30 years as an electrician at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant and operating his own pile-driving business, died Tuesday at a nursing home in Port Charlotte, Fla., after a heart attack.

Services were held Friday in Florida. Survivors include his wife, the former Helen McMillion; a son, William M. Derenge of Baltimore; a daughter, Gina Cross of Acworth, Ga.; four brothers, Joseph Derenge of Rockville, Franklin Derenge of Arlington, Va., Charles Derenge of Bluefield, W.Va., and Robert Derenge of Vinton, Va.; a sister, Marcella Molley of Gainesville, Fla.; and five grandchildren.

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