Donald L. Workinger, 72, owner of drive-in

January 19, 2002

Donald L. Workinger, 72, owner of drive-in restaurants in Md., Pa.

Donald Leroy Workinger, who owned drive-in restaurants in the Baltimore area and Pennsylvania, died Sunday of pneumonia at Auxilio Mutuo Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was 72 and lived in Timonium.

Family members said he was stricken while visiting his daugh- ter, Valerie W. McMillan, who resides in San Juan.

Operating as L&W Enterprises, he opened a McDonald Hamburger drive-in restaurant on Joppa Road near the old Hutzler's department store in Towson in 1963 and went on to open six additional outlets - on Ritchie Highway and in Essex, Pikesville and York, Pa.

Mr. Workinger sold his McDonald's interest in 1976, then developed Western Steer Steakhouses in Waldorf, Lexington Park, Aberdeen and Fredericksburg, Va.

Born and raised in Red Lion, Pa., he graduated from Red Lion High School in 1947. He served in the Air Force as a dental technician in Wiesbaden, Germany, from 1948 to 1952.

Mr. Workinger was a member of Towson Presbyterian Church, and he belonged to Masonic Lodge 272 of Butler, Pa., the Scottish Rite and Boumi Temple. He played golf at Hillendale Country Club and attended the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Ga., each year.

Services were held Thursday in Towson.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Dorothy M. Egger; two sons, David L. Workinger of Baltimore and Daniel L. Workinger of New Orleans; two other daughters, Linda Workinger of Lutherville and Nancy W. Lee of Jackson Hole, Wyo.; a brother, Richard Heaps of York, Pa.; and two grandsons.(More obituaries next page)

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