Ray Francis Oswinkle, 65, security guard

March 30, 2003

Ray Francis Oswinkle, a retired security guard, died of cancer Wednesday at St. Agnes HealthCare. The Arbutus resident was 65.

Mr. Oswinkle was born in Baltimore and raised in the northeastern section of the city. He attended city public schools and served with the Army's 101st Airborne Division.

He was a security guard for 20 years for Burns International Security Services until retiring in 2001. Earlier, he had been employed by the Koppers Co.

Mr. Oswinkle collected wooden eagles, which he displayed in his home. He was a Ravens fan and also a collector of foreign coins and stamps.

He was a communicant of Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church in West Baltimore, where a memorial Mass was offered yesterday.

Survivors include his wife of 19 years, the former Marion E. Bacon; a sister, Bernadine M. Beatty of Bel Air; four stepsons, Richard M. Ely of Hamilton, Joseph L. Ely of Highlandtown, George Slaten and Joseph Slaten, both of Bel Air; a stepdaughter, Gloria Mason of Anne Arundel County; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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