Joseph F. Hejduk Sr., 84, aircraft planner

July 16, 2006

Joseph F. Hejduk Sr., who worked on the Titan I missile program and the Gemini project at Martin Marietta Corp., died of pneumonia July 7 at Lorien Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Belcamp. He was 84 and had lived in Overlea.

Born in East Baltimore, Mr. Hejduk was raised on Curley Street and graduated from Baltimore public schools. In 1942, he entered the Army, serving in World War II in China, Burma and India as a military policeman.

After the war, he went to work at Martin Marietta as an aircraft electrical planner. He retired after 35 years with the company. In the late 1950s, he also owned the now-closed R.M. Everett and Sons sporting goods store in the Clifton Park area. After retiring from Martin Marietta, he went to work in maintenance at Franklin Square Hospital Center, retiring from that job in 1986.

He was married to the former Rose Franc, who died in 1998 after 52 years of marriage.

He loved the Orioles, Colts and Ravens, as well as gardening, fishing and crabbing.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Retirees' Association of Martin Marietta and the local chapeter of the CBI veterans association, an organization of veterans who served in China, Burma and India.

Services were held Monday.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph F. Hejduk Jr. of Street and Ronald R. Hejduk Sr. of Bel Air; and seven grandchildren.

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