Howard C. Nicodemus, 86, city worker, dairy farmer

January 19, 2004

Howard Courtney Nicodemus, a retired Baltimore City employee and former dairy farmer, died Wednesday of apparent congestive heart failure at his home at Buckingham's Choice in Adamstown. He was 86 and had lived in Woodbine in Howard County until 2001, when he moved to the Frederick County retirement community.

Born in New York City and known as "Howdy," Mr. Nicodemus spent his boyhood in Baltimore and graduated from Polytechnic Institute, where he played football and ran track. He was a member and a boy soprano in the choir at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church.

Mr. Nicodemus worked for several local companies as an industrial engineer between 1936 and 1950 -- interrupted by military service in 1944, when he was drafted into the Army. He served with occupation forces in Japan before being honorably discharged as a second lieutenant in 1946.

From 1950 through 1964, Mr. Nicodemus took over operation of the family's 432-acre Wilderness Farm in Woodbine. From 1965 to 1974, he was the owner and manager of the Lisbon Chrysler-Plymouth car dealership.

In 1974, he joined the city as a right-of-way agent for the interstate division, retiring in 1992.

Mr. Nicodemus enjoyed spending time with his family of 10 children taking vacations with them at the beach, where he liked surf fishing. After his retirement and taking a community college course, he set up a workshop and began weaving cane chair seats, said one of his daughters, Elizabeth M. Mulcahy of Buckeystown.

"He did beautiful work," she said. "We found out my dad was really an artist."

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, 1200 St. Michael's Road, Mount Airy.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Mary Charlotte Kuhns; daughters Marjorie C. Loomis of Katy, Texas, Ann L. Titherington of Dayton, Kathleen W. Johnson of Battle Creek, Mich., Mary Field Nelson of Orlando, Fla., Martha Jane Fair of Pocomoke City, Marguerite E. Galloway of Taneytown and Laura G. James of Woodsboro; two sons, H. Courtney Nicodemus Jr. of Frederick and Charles K. Nicodemus of Catonsville; 20 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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