Owen P. Link Sr., 78, boiler engineer, veteran

April 26, 2002

Owen P. Link Sr., a World War II veteran and retired boiler engineer, died of prostate cancer April 19 at Fort Howard Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 78.

Born and raised in Mount Holly, N.C., Mr. Link moved to Baltimore when he was 19. Shortly afterward, he joined the Army and at the end of World War II was assigned to Japan. After his 1946 discharge, Mr. Link returned to Baltimore, where he married Jeanie Catlett in 1948.

Mr. Link held several jobs at the same time, including driving trucks and janitorial work, for nearly 20 years. In his spare time, the Forest Park resident studied engineering and got a better-paying job as a boiler engineer at Chesapeake Paperboard Co. in Baltimore in the early 1970s.

A car buff who formerly bought used automobiles, Mr. Link was able to purchase his first new one -- a Ford Thunderbird. He would wash the vehicle every weekend and "only let you drive it if he trusted you," said Jerome Thompson, Mr. Link's nephew.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at March Funeral Home-West, 4300 Wabash Ave.

In addition to his wife and nephew, Mr. Link is survived by three daughters, Constance Carter of Catonsville, Anna Robbins of Jacksonville, Fla., and Vernell Link of Gaithersburg; two sons, Eugene A. Link of Baltimore and Ivan A. Link of Lake Jackson, Texas; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandson.

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