Raymond C. Ebersole, 84, owned contracting firm

March 25, 2003

Raymond Charles Ebersole, a former shipyard worker who operated a home-improvement business for many years, died of pneumonia Saturday at Harbor Hospital. The longtime Brooklyn Park resident was 84.

Mr. Ebersole was born in Strasburg, Va., and raised in Winchester, Va. He left school early to help support his family, working as a caddy and later master caddy at Winchester Country Club.

In 1941, he moved to Baltimore and went to work as a shipfitter at Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. in Fairfield. In 1944, he enlisted in the Army and was assigned to the 1103rd Army Marine Ship Repair Company in the Pacific.

Discharged with the rank of sergeant in 1945, he returned to Baltimore and went to work as a civilian shipfitter in the Coast Guard's Curtis Bay yard. After retiring on a medical disability in 1967, he established Brooklyn Contractors, a home-improvement business he operated until retiring in 1999.

Mr. Ebersole began playing golf as a 9-year-old, and enjoyed playing at Mount Pleasant, Clifton Park, Carroll Park and Forest Park golf courses.

He was a member of the Roland Terrace Democratic Club and Turtle Club, a seniors social organization, and of Brooklyn Park United Brethren in Christ Church.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at George J. Gonce Funeral Home, 4001 Ritchie Highway.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, the former Helen Elizabeth Sager; two sons, Ray Ebersole of Essex and David Glenn Ebersole of Brooklyn Park; two daughters, Janet Kay Schmidt of Linthicum and Susan Fay Fitzsimmons of Pasadena; a sister, Olea Neumann of Baltimore; a half-sister, Evelyn Cunningham of Winchester; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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