Joseph Leichling, 55, longshoreman, Air Force veteran

February 03, 2006

Joseph Leichling, a longshoreman and lifelong Federal Hill resident, died of cirrhosis of the liver Sunday at University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. He was 55.

Mr. Leichling was born in Baltimore and lived the remainder of his life in a Grindall Street rowhouse.

After graduating from Southern High School in 1969, he served in the Air Force in combat support until being discharged with the rank of sergeant in 1975.

The son of a longshoreman, he followed his father's footsteps and began his 30-year career working on Baltimore's waterfront. He was a member of International Longshoremen's Association Local 333 and spent most of his time working at Dundalk Marine Terminal.

FOR THE RECORD - Joseph Leichling: An obituary published in yesterday's editions for Joseph Leichling incorrectly listed the date for services.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at McCully-Polyniak Funeral Home, 130 E. Fort Ave. Also, the last names of his two stepchildren were misspelled. Surviving are a stepson, Michael Vogel of Omaha, Neb.; and a stepdaughter, Loretta Vogel of Baltimore.
The Sun regrets the errors.

Mr. Leichling enjoyed fishing and building and collecting tall ship models.

Services for Mr. Leichling will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at McCully-Polyniak Funeral Home, 130 E. Fort Ave.

Surviving are his wife of 20 years, the former Darleen Statchuk; a stepson, Michael Vogal of Omaha, Neb.; a stepdaughter, Loretta Vogal of Baltimore; two brothers, John Leichling of Greensboro, Caroline County, and Harvey Leichling of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

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