James Thomas Krebs, 71, mailer for The Sun

January 21, 2004

James Thomas Krebs, a retired mailer for The Sun, died of cancer Monday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Perry Hall resident was 71.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Hampden and Walbrook, he attended St. Cecilia Parochial School.

He began his 46-year association with the newspaper at age 16, when it was at Charles and Baltimore streets. He moved with the newspaper to Calvert Street, and to Sun Park in South Baltimore when the printing operation was relocated there.

His employment was interrupted by combat service in the Marine Corps during the Korean War.

He rose to become assistant foreman and foreman in the mailroom, where the sections of the newspaper are assembled before distribution. He was also a shop steward in the mailers union before retiring in 1994.

Mr. Krebs enjoyed solving crossword puzzles, reading and collecting coins.

Plans for services were incomplete.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, the former Gloria Miller; a nephew, John Krebs of Lancaster, Pa.; and a niece, Linda Butt of Baltimore.

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