John Aumiller, 85, veteran, master plumber, musician

August 08, 2005

John Aumiller, a master plumber, pipefitter, World War II veteran and passionate musician who formed a band at his retirement community, died of pulmonary complications Thursday at Franklin Square Hospital Center. He was 85.

A native of East Baltimore, Mr. Aumiller began playing music at the former St. Andrew's Roman Catholic school drum and bugle corps. He attended Baltimore City College High School.

In 1943, he married Emma M. Kirsch of Canton, who died in 1982.

Mr. Aumiller worked at the Glenn L. Martin aircraft factory until 1944. Because he was working on military aircraft, he had a military deferment, said his son, Dr. John T. Aumiller Sr. of Towson. But he joined the Army and saw combat in France and Germany, his son said, adding that he was wounded in combat in 1945.

Upon returning to Baltimore, Mr. Aumiller, a master plumber, worked with his father and brother at Nicholas Aumiller and Sons in East Baltimore. In 1956, he went to work for the former Western Electric as a pipefitter, where he worked until his retirement in 1982.

Mr. Aumiller lived in Towson from 1972 until 1996, before moving to Oak Crest Village in Parkville. There, he formed Johnny Aumiller's Oak Crest Band. He played the drums, his son said.

The group played big band music and mostly performed at Oak Crest functions, although it did have occasional outside gigs, according to his son.

Mr. Aumiller was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts in Parkville.

A service will be held at noon today in the chapel at Oak Crest Village, 8800 Walther Blvd., with visitation at 10:45 a.m. today at Johnson Funeral Home, 8521 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore.

In addition to his son, Mr. Aumiller is survived by a daughter, Gail M. Aumiller of New York City; two sisters, Leona Galloway and Anne Appel, both of Baltimore; two grandchildren; and his companion of the last 14 years, Helen Carico of Towson.

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