William E. Staubs, 67, printer, firefighter

April 27, 2004

William E. Staubs, a retired printer for The Sun and a fire buff, died Saturday of complications from intestinal surgery at North Arundel Hospital. He was 67 and lived in Pasadena.

Mr. Staubs was born and raised in Baltimore, and he graduated in 1954 from Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School.

He began his career at The Sun in 1959 as a compositor in the newspaper's composing room. He was later promoted to assistant news foreman and assistant advertising foreman. He retired in 1999.

Mr. Staubs was a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician instructor for many years.

"He had been a member of Green Haven, Marley and Glen Burnie volunteer fire companies," said his wife of 42 years, the former Bettejean Schimpf.

Mr. Staubs was also a member of the Anne Arundel Alarmers, who deliver hot coffee and food to working firefighters, and a founder of the 100 Club, which aides families of firefighters and police officers.

He liked collecting HO-gauge model trains and miniature firetrucks. At his death, he was editor of Turnout, a magazine published by the International Fire Buff Associates, of which he was also a member.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the McCully-Polyniak Funeral Home, 3204 Mountain Road, Pasadena.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Staubs is survived by a son, Brent E. Staubs of Glen Burnie; a daughter, Joy Lee Day of Denton; and six grandchildren.

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