Dennis L. Yeagle, 57, state worker, volunteer firefighter

March 22, 2003

Dennis L. Yeagle, director of job services for the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and longtime volunteer firefighter, died of a heart attack Monday at his Lutherville home. He was 57.

Mr. Yeagle was born in Baltimore and raised in Timonium. He was a 1964 graduate of Dulaney High School and earned his bachelor's degree in political science in 1968 from the University of Maryland.

Mr. Yeagle, who began working for the state in 1970, also served six years in the Maryland National Guard.

He devoted much of his free time to the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Co. During his 37-year tenure he served as captain and a member of its executive board. At his death, he held the rank of lieutenant.

In 1981, he was awarded a Baltimore County Fire Commendation for rescuing an unconscious woman from a burning building. He often won an award given for answering the most fire calls during a year.

Mr. Yeagle also was the founder of what has become an annual tradition: the December arrival of Santa Claus aboard a firetruck in Lutherville and surrounding neighborhoods.

He coached soccer in the Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council and served on its executive board. He had been a member of the boards of the York Manor Improvement Association and York Manor Swim Club.

Mr. Yeagle was an avid Orioles and Ravens fan and enjoyed gardening.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1609 Kurtz Ave., Lutherville.

Mr. Yeagle is survived by his wife of 25 years, the former Karen Berger; a son, Lance Yeagle of Rodgers Forge; a stepson, Jarrod Wunderlich of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Meredith Wunderlich of Kimblesville, Pa; his parents, Richard L. and Charlotte L. Yeagle of Timonium; a brother, Richard L. Yeagle Jr. of Lutherville; and many nephews and nieces.

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