George Ellwood Caltrider Jr., a retired construction superintendent and World War II veteran, died of heart failure Sunday at his Arnold home. He was 87.
Mr. Caltrider was born and raised in Baltimore and was a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad conductor before enlisting in the Army Air Forces during World War II.
Stationed with the 8th Air Force in England, Mr. Caltrider flew combat missions over Germany as a nose-gunner aboard B-24 Liberators and attained the rank of sergeant.
After the war, he attended the Johns Hopkins University before entering the construction industry. Before retiring in the 1990s, he was employed by Baltimore Contractors Inc. and Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., and had supervised construction projects at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the sports arena at what was then Catonsville Community College.
A Mason, he had been a member for 57 years of Patapsco Lodge 183 and also was a member of Druid Royal Arch Chapter 28 and Boumi Temple.
Mr. Caltrider had been an active communicant for 64 years of St. Margarets Episcopal Church, 1601 Pleasant Plains Road in Annapolis, where services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Jacquelyn Ward. A son, George Ellwood Caltrider III, died in the 1970s.