John B. Wier Jr., a retired planning engineer for the former Martin-Marietta Corp. and a lifetime resident of Cockeysville, died of complications from an aneurysm Thursday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. He was 83.
Born in Baltimore, he lived his entire life in the Cockeysville area except for the time he served in the Navy during World War II.
A graduate of Sparks High School in 1937, he was recruited to play soccer for the University of Maryland. He spent one year at the university, but his love for soccer continued and he was an avid fan for the rest of his life, said his son, John B. Wier III of Pittsburgh.
Mr. Wier served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946 as an aviation metalsmith third class. When he was discharged, Mr. Wier went to work at the Glenn L. Martin Co., where he worked on the same type of planes as those he had maintained in the Navy.
The Martin company became Martin-Marietta in 1961 and then later merged with the Lockheed Corp. to become Lockheed Martin. Mr. Wier worked his way up and became a planning engineer before retiring in 1986 after 40 years with the company.
Mr. Wier was married to the former Twilah Elliott for 55 years. She died last month.
"He was like the unofficial historian in the area, and he went to several schools to talk about the Cockeysville area and what it looked like when he was growing up," said his son. "He also kept a lot of old photos of the area."
Mr. Wier was an avid reader and did the crossword puzzle in The Sun every day, his son said. He also loved flowers and bushes and was out digging in his yard the day he became ill. "He was doing what he loved to do," his son said.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley Inc., 10 W. Padonia Road, Cockeysville.
He is survived by another son, Elliott Wier of Cockeysville, and a brother, Charles W. Wier of Middle River.