Walter Richard Simon, 80, BGE engineer for 32 years...

September 26, 2001

Walter Richard Simon, 80, BGE engineer for 32 years

Walter Richard "Wally" Simon, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. engineer, died of cancer Friday at St. Agnes HealthCare. He was 80 and lived in Catonsville.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Simon was a 1936 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and a 1939 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in engineering. During World War II, he was an engineer at Edgewood Arsenal and an officer in the merchant marine.

He worked 32 years for BGE, becoming a power production maintenance manager. He worked at the Wagner, Brandon Shores and Gould Street power stations and Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant before retiring in 1979.

Mr. Simon enjoyed golf and was a member of Turf Valley Country Club. He also had owned a sailboat and for more than 50 years was a boating instructor for the Patapsco Power Squadron. He held Baltimore Colts season tickets for 30 years and was a past president of a Colts Corral fan club chapter. He enjoyed woodworking, specializing in tables and cabinets.

Services were held yesterday.

Mr. Simon is survived by a sister, Dorothy E. McCullough of Ruxton, and many nieces and nephews.

Charles E. Sunday, 80, Army master sergeant

Charles E. Sunday, a retired Army master sergeant and aviation crew chief who served during World War II and the Korean War, died Thursday of cardiac failure at Crofton Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center. He was 80 and had lived in Odenton for 46 years.

Born in Jersey City, N.J., Mr. Sunday entered the Army Air Forces on Valentine's Day 1942. After basic training, he was assigned to the 319th Bomb Squadron, where he served as a tail gunner and an aerial photographer on Martin B-26 Marauders.

From 1951 to 1952, he was a crew chief maintaining light aircraft for the Army during the Korean War. Afterward, he returned to the United States, where his duties included traveling with the Army's helicopter demonstration team based in Fort Sheridan, Ill. In 1963, he was assigned to Germany, again in light-aircraft maintenance, until he retired from the military in December 1965.

Mr. Sunday then entered civilian service with the Department of Defense at Fort Meade, working as crew chief for its small airplanes until he retired in 1977.

His decorations included two presidential citations -- from the United States and the French Croix de Guerre with palm -- and several Army commendation and air medals.

Mr. Sunday was a parishioner of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, where he had been a junior warden of its cemetery, and was active in the Hammond Park Civic Association, the Odenton Heritage Society, the Greater Odenton Improvement Association and the O'Malley Senior Center. He enjoyed woodworking, pencil sketching, swimming and traveling.

Services were held Sunday, with burial Oct. 3 at Arlington National Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Helen Jean Boyer; a daughter, Carol Jean Newbill of Severna Park; two granddaughters; and a great-grandson.

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