Karl J. Mattheiss, a longtime Baltimore insurance salesman, died of heart failure yesterday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 85 and lived in Oak Crest Village in Parkville.
Born in Locust Point, Mr. Mattheiss was a 1935 graduate of Polytechnic Institute.
He worked briefly as a plumber before joining his brother and father in starting Mattheiss Brothers, an insurance business on Gay Street in downtown Baltimore.
Because he had contracted polio as a child, Mr. Mattheiss was ineligible for military service during World War II but became a Civil Defense volunteer.
After retiring in 1979, Mr. Mattheiss continued to oversee the accounting ledger at Karl J. Mattheiss Insurance Agency until this year. The company is one of several descendants of his family's original firm.
Mr. Mattheiss was an avid stamp and coin collector and an active member of Corinthian Masonic Lodge in Towson. His experience with polio also made him especially sensitive to children with disabilities. He helped steer many children to the Shriners Hospitals for Children for treatment.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1515 Emmorton Road, Bel Air.
He is survived by two daughters, Koral Ashbrook of Bel Air and Joan Hooper of Fallston; and three grandchildren.
His wife, the former Rose V. Blizzard, died in January.