Eugene P. Gotcher, 72, silkscreen printer, hotel worker

October 13, 2005

Eugene P. Gotcher, a retired silkscreen printer and hotel maintenance worker, died of leukemia Monday at his Towson home. He was 72.

Mr. Gotcher was born in Chowchilla, Calif., and raised in Long Beach and Artesia, Calif. He enlisted in the Army in 1953 and served in Japan.

After his 1955 discharge, Mr. Gotcher worked for Boeing Aircraft Co. in Seattle before re-enlisting in the Army in 1959 and becoming a tank track and wheel mechanic in Germany.

Discharged again in 1962, he moved to Loch Raven Village and worked for nearly two decades at Cutronics Inc. in Timonium, manufacturers of printed circuit boards. He then took a maintenance position with Days Inn. He retired in 1995.

"He played in fast-pitch softball leagues sponsored by the Loch Raven Recreational Council until he was 65. He only stopped playing because he kept getting hit in the head," said his wife of 45 years, the former Doris M. Sisson.

After giving up softball, Mr. Gotcher became an avid golfer.

He enjoyed leather craftwork, making home improvements, helping with maintenance work at his church, and visiting flea markets and secondhand shops.

Mr. Gotcher was a founding member of Grace Fellowship Church, 9505 Deereco Road, Timonium, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday.

Also surviving are a son, John E. Gotcher of Perry Hall; two daughters, Linda L. Harness of Warrensburg, Mo., and Karen L. Young of Parkville; two sisters, Doris Gallarda of Corning, Calif., and Jimmie Ruth Walker of Phoenix, Ariz.; and eight grandchildren.

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