Samuel Edward Wroten, 88, can company mechanic

April 28, 2005

Samuel Edward Wroten, a retired can company mechanic and World War II veteran, died of a heart attack Monday at Howard County General Hospital. He was 88 and moved to Ellicott City a year and a half ago after eight decades in Brooklyn Park.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Heath Street, Mr. Wroten had an eighth-grade education before going to work at the old Federal Tin Co. in what is now the Inner Harbor area.

He joined the Army during World War II and served as an auto mechanic. His service included duty in Germany.

After the war, he was a mechanic at the old American Can Co. plant on Boston Street in Canton. He retired in 1976.

Mr. Wroten was a duckpin bowler and played in a league at Brooklyn Lanes associated with the Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church, where he was a longtime member. He was also an amateur photographer who enjoyed taking slides of flowers at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania and other sites and was a model-train enthusiast.

Mr. Wroten was a member of Lisbon United Methodist Church after his move to Ellicott City.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Burrier-Queen Funeral Home, 1212 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, the former Barbara Uzella Jackson; two daughters, Barbara J. Cox of Glen Burnie and Judith A. Pratt of Woodbine; four grandchildren; and four great-grandsons.

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