Gary S. Oickle, 46, marble artisan, musician Gary S...

April 09, 2000

Gary S. Oickle, 46, marble artisan, musician

Gary S. Oickle, an artisan who helped restore the marble work at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., died Friday at North Arundel Hospital of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He was 46.

Mr. Oickle also played guitar and released an album of original songs, "Where Are We Going," with his band, Id, in the late 1970s.

Mr. Oickle was born in Baltimore and raised in Glen Burnie. He graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School in Baltimore in 1971 and attended St. Mary's College in St. Mary's City and the University of Maryland, College Park.

In the 1970s, he started the band, which performed music in the style of the Moody Blues, and his business, Marble Artisan, said his mother, Eileen Marie Oickle of Glen Burnie.

"He was very artistic," she said. "He painted and sculpted and wrote music."

He also was writing a book relating physics and the arts, she said.

Mr. Oickle was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in October 1998.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a brother, David M. Oickle of Glen Burnie.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, Glen Burnie.

Lawrence J. Ramsdell, 72, management consultant

Lawrence J. Ramsdell, a corporate human resources officer who later founded a management consulting firm, died Monday of lung cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 72.

Mr. Ramsdell, of Timonium, was founder and president of Ramco, Inc., a management consulting firm that assisted corporations in negotiating labor contracts and in arbitration. His clients included Sinclair Broadcasting.

Prior to opening Ramco in 1984, he was vice president of human resources at American Standard Inc. in Dallas for 14 years.

Mr. Ramsdell, who was born and raised in the Hamilton section of Baltimore, attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II.

After the war, he married the former Doris Stellhorn, also of Hamilton, and went to the University of Baltimore, graduating with a degree in business administration. He worked as a human resources officer for several companies throughout the country before settling with American Standard in Texas.

He was a member of the Cosmopolitan Club, the Chapel Hill Community Association in Timonium and Towson United Methodist Church. He also was a campaign volunteer for Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich, a Baltimore County Republican.

An avid film and television buff, Mr. Ramsdell also enjoyed playing golf and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, who lives in Timonium; a daughter, Barbara L. Keller, of Towson, and two granddaughters.

Services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Epworth United Methodist Church, 600 Warren Road, Cockeysville.

Vernon S. Jenkins, 89, owner of Arcadia Market

Vernon S. Jenkins, a butcher and former owner of the Arcadia Market in Hamilton, died Thursday of pneumonia in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he was living with his daughter. He was 89.

Mr. Jenkins was born and raised in the Hamilton neighborhood of Baltimore. He attended City College and opened the market on Harford Road in the 1930s.

During World War II, he was taken prisoner during the Battle of the Bulge, where he was fighting with the Fifth Regiment, 29th Division of the Maryland National Guard. He was liberated in April 1945 at Bad Orb, Germany.

After the war, he returned to the market, which he owned until the 1960s. He then worked as a butcher at Victor's Market, which later merged with Eddie's of Roland Park.

Mr. Jenkins' wife, the former Doris Deppenbrock, died in 1979.

Mr. Jenkins was a member of Lochearn Presbyterian Church.

Services will be held Tuesday at the Loring Byers Funeral Home, 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown.

He is survived by his daughter, Joice Nash, of Chattanooga; a sister, Patricia Demonte, of Waynesboro, Va.; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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