Leo G. Kirchner Jr., 85, quality control engineer

July 01, 2002

Leo George Kirchner Jr., a retired quality control engineer at Diecraft Inc., died Friday of a stroke at St. Joseph Medical Center. The longtime resident of Lutherville and Cockeysville was 85.

Born and raised in East Baltimore, Mr. Kirchner graduated from Polytechnic Institute and earned a degree in drafting from what is now known as the Maryland Institute College of Art.

He worked for several area companies, including Black & Decker Corp., and was an air raid monitor during World War II in the Baltimore area.

Mr. Kirchner spent 27 years as a quality control engineer at Diecraft, a precision machining company in Sparks that was bought by Bausch and Lomb in 1966. He had been retired for 23 years.

He was married to Loretta Ritz for 64 years. They lived for many years in Lutherville, and in retirement they moved to an apartment in Cockeysville.

Mr. Kirchner was a passionate fan of Baltimore sports teams, and he loved gardening, said his son, William Leo Kirchner of Sparks.

"He loved working in his flower garden," his son said. "He would try to grow anything. The only thing he didn't like was carnations."

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Kirchner is survived by a sister, Carolyn McKinney of Butte, Mont., and three grandchildren.

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