Jerold D. Wingeart, 80, city wastewater chief

July 10, 2004

Jerold D. Wingeart, former chief of wastewater facilities for the city Department of Public Works, died of liver failure Sunday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 80 and lived in Hereford.

Mr. Wingeart was born and raised in Niles, Mich., and graduated from high school in 1942. He enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and served as a seaman in the Atlantic and Pacific.

After the war, he earned a bachelor's degree in sanitary engineering in 1949 from the University of Michigan.

Mr. Wingeart worked for Ford Motor Co. before being named chief engineer of the Wayne County Road Commission in Michigan in 1958. From 1963 to 1969, he was executive director of the Metropolitan Sewage District in Denver.

In 1969, he came to Baltimore when he joined the city's Public Works Department. He was named chief of wastewater facilities in 1975, and was responsible for the operations of the Back River and Patapsco wastewater treatment plants. He retired in 1993.

His professional memberships included the Chesapeake Water Pollution Control Association, the American Public Works Association and the Tri-State Operators Association.

Mr. Wingeart, who had been a Hereford Recreation Council volunteer, coached girls soccer and softball. He also coached boys travel basketball and soccer.

He enjoyed reading, fishing, gardening and planting trees.

In 1949, Mr. Wingeart married Marian Marshall, who died in 1976.

He was a longtime member of Hereford United Methodist Church, where services were held Thursday.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, the former Carolyn Wheeler; two sons, Michael D. Wingeart of Sparks and Josh D. Wingeart of Parkton; two daughters, Rae Ann Hunter of Carbondale, Colo., and Leah N. Wingeart of Denver; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Another son, John Wingeart, died in 1976.

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