George Dewey Lohrig Jr., 76, owned butcher shop

April 29, 2005

George Dewey Lohrig Jr., former owner of a Parkville delicatessen and butcher shop, died of emphysema Tuesday at his Severna Park home. He was 76.

Mr. Lohrig was born in Baltimore, raised in the Ilchester section of Howard County and graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington.

During the 1950s, Mr. Lohrig owned and operated Lohrig's Frozen Foods in Fells Point, which provided custom meats for home freezers, and from 1967 to 1979 worked for Melrose Farms as a meat cutter.

In 1979, Mr. Lohrig purchased a landmark East Joppa Road delicatessen and butcher shop whose roof featured a large black fiberglass bull and a figure of a butcher holding a knife. He renamed it Kelly's Butcher and Deli Shop.

"He loved butchering, and during deer season shut down the store and did nothing but process deer brought in by customers for two weeks," said a daughter, Kelly A. Lohrig of Towson.

Mr. Lohrig sold the business and retired in 1995.

A longtime Parkville resident, he moved to Severna Park several years ago and enjoyed jet skiing and spending time on Dobbins Island in the Magothy River. He also was an avid poker player.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 689 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park.

Survivors also include another daughter, Susan M. Morrissey of Severna Park; a son, Michael O. Lohrig, of California; and two grandchildren. Another son, George Dewey Lohrig III, died in 2001. His marriage ended in divorce.

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