J. Daulton Feete,90, casket company ownerJ. Daulton Feete...

June 03, 1999

J. Daulton Feete,90, casket company owner

J. Daulton Feete, retired owner and president of Warfield-Rohr Casket Co., died Sunday after surgery at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 90.

The former longtime Glyndon resident had lived at Edenwald, a Towson retirement community, since 1990.

He joined Warfield-Rohr in 1925 and retired in 1979. The family-owned firm was located downtown on North Calvert Street for years, and moved several years ago to new headquarters on West Patapsco Avenue.

Warfield-Rohr, the oldest casket maker in Baltimore, was established in 1870 and purchased by the Feete family in 1907.

In a business that at times can be grim and somber, Mr. Feete and his brothers, who also worked in the business, tried to bring a sense of levity to it.

"He used to say that we sold wooden overcoats and underground bungalows," said a brother, E. Marshall Feete of Towson.

Born in Middletown and raised in the 1700 block of N. Caroline St., Mr. Feete was a 1928 City College graduate.

For many years, he was a member of Glyndon United Methodist Church. He was a Mason and belonged to the Boumi Temple and the Worthington Valley Country Club.

In 1937, he married L. Louise Elliott, who died in 1993.

Services for Mr. Feete will be held at 11 a.m. today at Glyndon United Methodist Church, 4713 Butler Road.

He also is survived by another brother, C. Edward Feete of Baltimore; and many nephews and nieces.

Rick Jay Yoshimitsu, 43, USDA employee

Rick Jay Yoshimitsu, a U.S. Department of Agriculture employee, died Saturday in an automobile accident in Caledon, South Africa, while on a business trip. He was 43 and lived in Ellicott City.

He was a director of the USDA's pre-clearance program, which ensures that flowers to be exported to the United States are disease-free. He joined the department in 1980 after working for the Maryland Department of Agriculture beginning in 1978.

Born in Honolulu, he earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture from the University of Hawaii. He was a martial arts instructor for the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, teaching karate at the recreation center at Elkridge Elementary School. He also was a parent adviser to Boy Scout Troop 944.

Plans for services in Hawaii were incomplete yesterday.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, the former Gabriela Peniche, a son, Brett Yoshimitsu, and a daughter, Karina Yoshimitsu, all of Ellicott City; his mother, Irene Yoshimitsu of Honolulu; and a sister, Amy Yoshimitsu of Los Angeles.

Melvyn T. Pugatch, 79, real estate developer

Melvyn T. Pugatch, a real estate developer and founder and chairman of Greenhill Properties, died Saturday of a heart attack at Sinai Hospital. He was 79 and lived in Northwest Baltimore.

He established Greenhill Properties in 1946. The company developed apartment houses, nursing homes and office buildings.

Prominent in civic affairs for many years, he was a trustee of Villa Julie College, a former member of the Baltimore Planning Commission and a past member of the boards of the Citizens Planning and Housing Association, the Regional Planning Council, the Maryland State Commission on Aging and Sinai Hospital.

He was a past president of Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital and a founder and past president of the Baltimore Corporation for Housing Partnership.

"He enjoyed his civic duties and the only thing he collected in life were plaques," said his son, T. Scott Pugatch of Baltimore.

Born in Philadelphia and reared in East Baltimore, he graduated from City College.

He was a member of the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore and Chizuk Amuno Congregation, where services were held Monday.

In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Lorraine Fox; a daughter, Polly Senker of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

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