Henry Ortiz Jr., 81, technical illustrator

February 04, 2004

Henry Ortiz Jr., a retired technical illustrator and designer, died Thursday of complications from diabetes at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Gardenville resident was 81.

Born in San Antonio, he enlisted in the Army and participated in the D-Day invasion and Battle of the Bulge. He moved to Baltimore in 1950 and studied design and illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

He was a technical illustrator and designer at the former Glenn L. Martin Co. and later for Westinghouse in Hunt Valley. He retired in 1987.

Family members said he enjoyed drawing and illustrating postcards and letters he mailed to friends. He made his own Christmas and birthday cards.

A funeral Mass was offered Monday at St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Frances Catalano; three sons, Henry Ortiz III and David Ortiz, both of Rosedale, and Ricardo Ortiz of Jarrettsville; a brother, Michael Ortiz of Detroit; a sister, Gladys Branch of Texas City, Texas; five granddaughters; and two great-grandsons.

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