Henry Charles Royahn Jr., 85, home builder, inspector

September 25, 2004

Henry Charles Royahn Jr., a retired home builder and building inspector, died of complications from cancer Thursday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center's Gilchrist Hospice. The Northeast Baltimore resident was 85.

Born in Fullerton, he attended St. Joseph Parochial School in Fullerton and served in the Army in Europe during World War II.

As a young man, he worked with his father and brothers in a home construction business founded nearly 90 years ago, Henry Royahn and Sons. They built homes in Perry Hall, Fullerton and elsewhere in Baltimore County.

Mr. Royahn gave up the business about 25 years ago and became a Baltimore County building inspector. He retired in 1989.

He was a member the Holy Name Society, the Knights of Columbus, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Rossville Pleasure Club.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 8420 Belair Road, where he was a member and usher.

Mr. Royahn is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Louise Gerst; a son, Ted Royahn of Baltimore; two grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

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