William F. Huether, 89, General Motors repairman...

September 01, 2001

William F. Huether, 89, General Motors repairman

William F. Huether, a retired General Motors Corp. repairman who supported the restoration of the USS Slater that he had served on during World War II, died Tuesday of a heart attack at his Overlea home. He was 89.

Mr. Huether had worked for 35 years at GM's Broening Highway plant where he was a repairman in the company's seat assembly room. He retired in 1970.

Mr. Huether, who had worked driving a truck that delivered bricks to the plant when it was under construction, was one of the first employees GM hired when the facility opened in 1935.

Born and reared in Canton, Mr. Huether attended city public schools until leaving during the Depression to help support his family.

Mr. Huether was married in 1932 to the former Myrtle Lotterer, who died in 1990.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and served as a boatswain's mate aboard the USS Slater, a destroyer escort, in the Atlantic Theater of operations. He was discharged in 1946.

The Slater, now docked in Albany, N.Y., is a World War II memorial and is undergoing restoration.

Because of his generosity and support for the restoration effort, Mr. Huether was a plank owner and was, at the time of his death, planning a visit to the ship, family members said.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Lassahn Funeral Home, 7401 Belair Road.

He is survived by a brother, Albert Huether of Fallston; and two sisters, Esther Bredariol and Marie Meehan, both of Baltimore.

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