William B. Edelen, 86, supply company executive

August 02, 2005

William Boggs Edelen, a former owner and vice president of Stebbins-Anderson Co. and Saco Supply Co., died of congestive heart failure July 26 at a nursing home in Naples, Fla. He was 86.

Mr. Edelen was born in Baltimore and raised on his family's Glen Arm farm. He graduated from Loyola High School in 1936 and earned a bachelor's degree in 1940 from Georgetown University, where he played varsity football and founded the ice hockey team.

During World War II, Mr. Edelen served in Navy intelligence and spent the war years aboard five vessels. He survived the sinking of his first ship, the SS Steelmaker, when it was torpedoed by a German U-boat 400 miles east of Cape Hatteras, N.C., in 1942. He ended his service as a lieutenant commander aboard the carrier USS Siboney in the Pacific.

After the war, Mr. Edelen joined Stebbins-Anderson Co., a Towson hardware store founded in 1867. His father, J. Walbach Edelen, was president of the company from 1926 to 1950.

He and his brother, John W. Edelen Jr., who had succeeded his father as president, established Saco Supply Co. in 1960. They retired in 1980 after selling the companies.

A Republican, Mr. Edelen ran unsuccessfully for a Baltimore County Council seat in 1957. He enjoyed playing squash and golf and was a member of the Maryland Club and Elkridge Club.

The former Ruxton resident had lived in Naples since 1990.

Services are private.

Surviving are his wife of 41 years, the former Marian Harvey; three daughters, Shawn Brennan of New Canaan, Conn., Wendy Towle of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Brooke Connolly of Naples; two sisters, Mary McCabe of Baltimore and Rosalie Kelley of Atlanta; and seven grandchildren.

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