William Purnell Johnson, 79, lumber executive, veteran...

January 01, 2000

William Purnell Johnson, 79, lumber executive, veteran

William Purnell Johnson, chairman of the board of the J. F. Johnson Lumber Co., died Wednesday of a heart attack at the Lorien Rehabilitation Center in Columbia. He was 79.

A former member of the U.S. Army Air Corps who served in Europe during World War II, Mr. Johnson joined Johnson Lumber as vice president in 1968. He served as president of the company between 1985 and 1994, and chairman of the board until his death.

Before working at Johnson Lumber, which was founded in 1921 by his father and uncle, Mr. Johnson ran a real estate business, William P. Johnson & Co., near Towson. He served as a deacon at Babcock Presbyterian Church in Towson and was president of the Cromwood Community Association.

Mr. Johnson received a bachelor of arts degree in 1941 from the University of Maryland, College Park, and attended law school there and at the University of Virginia.

He was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, Sons of the American Revolution, the Rotary Club of Glen Burnie and the Glen Burnie Chamber of Commerce.

He enjoyed playing the piano, golfing, gardening, genealogy and investing.

Services will be held Monday at noon at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, First and A streets S.W. in Glen Burnie.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, the former Margaret C. Cutler of Annapolis; three sons, Robert W. Johnson of Millersville, William P. Johnson Jr. of Columbia and James Michael Johnson of Wilmington, Del.; and two daughters, Peggy Johnson Allen of Mount Airy and Susan Johnson Fisher of Annapolis.

Herman C. Kappel, 90, printer for The Sun

Herman C. Kappel, a retired printer for The Sun, died Wednesday at Fallston General Hospital. He was 90.

A Baltimore native who lived in Parkville, Mr. Kappel worked for The Sun for 23 years, retiring in 1994.

He was a member of the Old-Timers Baseball Association and a manager, player and commissioner for the Union Printers International Baseball League. He belonged to the Columbia Typographical Union No. 101-12 and was a one-time member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Parkville.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 9: 30 a.m. Monday at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Parkville.

Mr. Kappel is survived by his wife, the former Mary F. O'Connor of Fallston; a son, Edward H. Kappel of Fallston; and a daughter, Margaret A. Seiler of Reisterstown.


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