George Enders IV, 59, parole agent

January 02, 2003

George William Enders IV, a 25-year veteran of the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation and a retired Marine Corps colonel who served in the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars, died Sunday of cancer at Dorchester General Hospital on the Eastern Shore. The Cambridge resident was 59.

Born in Pearisburg, Va., he grew up in Hamilton and was a 1961 graduate of City College. After graduation, he enlisted in the Marines and spent two years in Vietnam as an engineer with the First Marine Aircraft Wing before being released from active duty in 1964.

After returning home, Mr. Enders became a Baltimore police officer and attended night school at what is now Towson University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology.

In 1970, he was called out of the reserves and sent back to Vietnam, this time as an officer. Mr. Enders served three years before returning to Maryland, shortly after which he joined the state parole and probation department as an agent.

He saw military duty again in 1991, when, at the age of 48, he was sent to Saudi Arabia during the gulf conflict and served as a member of the Marine Corps' Battle Assessment Project. During his seven-week stay in the gulf, he co-wrote a military handbook on minefield tactics.

After returning home from the gulf, Mr. Enders was selected the commanding officer of 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, the unit in which he had enlisted nearly 40 years earlier.

Mr. Enders retired as a colonel from the Marine Corps in 2000.

A longtime scuba diving enthusiast, he met Dottie Woernle, who would become his wife, on a plane during a 1974 scuba diving trip to the Biminis.

Mr. Enders also enjoyed sport crabbing and was a member of the Dorchester County Humane Society. He held the title of past exulted ruler at the Cambridge Elks Lodge.

A celebration of Mr. Enders' life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Cambridge Elks Lodge 1272.

In addition to his wife of 25 years, he is survived by his daughter, Donna Enders of Ruxton; two sons, George Enders V of Ocean City and John Enders of Cambridge; two brothers, Kirk Enders of Baltimore and John Enders of Monrovia; two aunts; and numerous cousins.

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