Robert L. McKinley, 56, Social Security employeeRobert L...

June 29, 1999

Robert L. McKinley, 56, Social Security employee

Robert L. McKinley, a Social Security Administration claims examiner and gospel singer, died in his sleep June 22 at his Woodlawn home. He was 56.

For more than 30 years, he was an insurance claims examiner at SSA's Woodlawn headquarters.

A bass, he traveled extensively performing with gospel groups, including John Beasley and the Interfaith Community Singers, Donald Vale and the Salvation Corporation, and the Voices of Freedom. He also sang with the Social Security Chorus.

FOR THE RECORD - Robert L. McKinley: The academic degree and time of services for Robert L. McKinley, a Social Security Administration claims examiner and gospel singer, were reported incorrectly in yesterday's editions of The Sun. Services for Mr. McKinley, who earned a bachelor's degree from then-Morgan State College in 1968, will be held at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1300 Druid Hill Ave.
The Sun regrets the errors.

Born in West Baltimore, he graduated from City College in 1961 and earned a master's degree from then-Morgan State College in 1968. He was a member of Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity and served in the Naval Reserve from 1962 to 1964.

He was a member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1300 Druid Hill Ave., where services will be held at 10: 30 p.m. Thursday.

He is survived by his son, Darryl McKinley of Chicago; his mother, Clara D. McKinley of Baltimore; a brother, Richard T. McKinley of Baltimore; three sisters, Brenda McKinley, Doris McKinley and Delores Hankins, all of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and a special friend, Michelle Tyson of Baltimore.

Max L. Scheinberg, 88, appliance salesman

Max L. Scheinberg, a retired salesman, died Friday in his sleep at his Randallstown home. He was 88.

He was a salesman for Legum Distributing Co., an electric appliance and floor-covering firm, for 20 years and retired in 1978. Earlier, he sold Hoover vacuum cleaners and Admiral appliances.

Born in Lodz, Poland, he came to New York City with his family and settled in Baltimore in 1919. He graduated from City College and was a Coast Guard electrician's mate during World War II.

He was a founding member of Moses Montefiore Woodmoor Hebrew Congregation, where he held many positions during the 1960s and 1970s. He was president for 30 years of the United Hebrew Cemetery and a past president and visiting chairman of the Baltimore Ostomy Association. He was also a member of St. John Lodge, A.F. & A.M.

Services were held Sunday.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Anna V. Sandler; a daughter, Jean S. Rabunsli of Larchmont, N.Y.; and two grandsons.

Leon A. Krebs, 90, consultant and volunteer

Leon A. Krebs, a retired consultant and volunteer, died Saturday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. The Ruxton resident was 90.

A civil engineer, he retired in the early 1970s from the French Potash Co. in New York City, where had been a consultant for several years. He had been a vice president of Baltimore's Baugh Chemical Co., where he began his career in the early 1930s, and its successor company, Kerr-McGee.

He was a volunteer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, the Baltimore County Historical Society and the Friends of the Baltimore County Public Library.

Born in Washington and raised in Baltimore, he graduated from the Polytechnic Institute and earned an engineering degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1930. He served with the 110th Field Artillery before World War II.

He was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Boyce and Carrollton avenues, Ruxton, where services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Margaret Boyden; a son, John Hanson Krebs of Nantucket, Mass.; a daughter, Susan Cornell Krebs of Los Angeles; and a nephew, Joseph Ponce of Santa Fe, N.M.

Ella S. Colhoun, 96, painter, gardener

Ella S. Colhoun -- a Glyndon resident who painted covers for the Saturday Evening Post and loved flowers so much she gave them away on the road in front of her house -- died Friday of heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 96.

A 44-year resident of Mantua Mill Road, Mrs. Colhoun was known for the boxes of plants from her gardens -- rich with roses and iris and exotic lilies -- that she put beside the road for passers-by to take for free and plant in their gardens.

The sign beside them said: "Take what you will."

"She got lots of thank-you notes from people, most of whom she didn't know," said a son, Howard P. Colhoun of Glyndon. "Many of them began, `Dear Resident,' would go on to tell her in great detail how the plants turned out, or if they could have more of them. One person wrote and said that he had refurbished his entire garden with her plants."

During the 1930s, Mrs. Colhoun owned and operated the Blacksmith Shop, a tearoom in Palisades, N.Y., that was frequented by actresses Katharine Cornell and Helen Hayes.

The former Ella Speer was born in Piermont, N.Y. She was a direct descendant of Revolutionary War hero John Eager Howard.

She was very close to her uncle, Alexander Hamilton Stump Post of Stevenson, after her father died when she was a teen-ager. Tutored at home, she earned a bachelor's degree from the New York School of Design.

She was married to former Army Maj. Daniel W. Colhoun Sr. for 55 years; he died in 1978.

She was a communicant of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Garrison.

Services are private.

In addition to her son, she is survived by another son, Daniel W. Colhoun Jr. of Upperco; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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