Vernon M. Kershaw, 85, veteran, stationary engineer

April 04, 2006

Vernon Milton Kershaw, a retired noncommissioned Navy officer who later was a stationary engineer, died of lung cancer Wednesday at Harbor Hospital. The Glen Burnie resident was 85.

Mr. Kershaw was born in Baltimore and raised in Hampden. He was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute and enlisted in the Navy in 1942.

He served aboard destroyers as a master chief machinist's mate for 22 years until retiring from the Navy in 1964.

From the late 1960s into the early 1970s, he edited technical manuals for Edward T. Johnson Co. in Washington. He worked as a machinist and stationary engineer at the state Department of Motor Vehicles headquarters in Glen Burnie for seven years until retiring from that job in 1983.

Mr. Kershaw was active in veterans affairs and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and the Fleet Reserve, where he had served as president and secretary.

He was an avid golfer and an active member of the Ranger Social Club in Hampden.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Burgee-Henss-Seitz Funeral Home, 3631 Falls Road, Hampden.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, the former Myrtle Woodside; a daughter, Betty Anne Fique of Hanover, Pa.; two grandsons; and four great-grandchildren.

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