William C. Herchenrother, 82, owned storage business

October 03, 2002

William C. Herchenrother, founder and owner of an automated storage and filing systems dealership, died of heart failure Sunday at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown. He was 82 and lived in Smithsburg.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Herchenrother was a 1938 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He served as an aviation metalsmith with the Navy during World War II until being discharged in 1946.

Before establishing Business Controls and Equipment Co. in 1954, he worked for Remington Rand Inc. in Baltimore.

A 32nd degree Mason, Mr. Herchenrother was active in Masonic lodges in Hancock, Cumberland and Hagerstown. He was a member of the Elks and American Legion Post 42.

He was an avid bass fisherman and had been a season ticket holder to the Baltimore Colts.

Mr. Herchenrother was married for many years to the former Carolyn Ware, who died in 1985.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hagerstown.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd. in Hagerstown.

Mr. Herchenrother is survived by his wife of 14 years, the former Gloria J. Gore; two sons, Neil W. Herchenrother of Richmond, Va., and Brian H. Herchenrother of Hagerstown; a sister, Doris Aycock of Baltimore; a stepson, Daniel Gore of Algonec, Mich.; two stepdaughters, Andrea Gore of Williamsport and Calista Povacz of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and 12 grandchildren.

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