James John Struble, 70, telephone technician

August 08, 2006

James John Struble, a retired telephone company technician, died of colon cancer Wednesday at his Ellicott City home. He was 70.

Born in Uniontown Pa., he moved to Imla Street in Southeast Baltimore 1951 and was a 1956 graduate of Patterson Park High School.

He served in the Maryland Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Squadron until 1963, then earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Baltimore.

Mr. Struble began working for Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. in 1957. He retired in 1998 as a central office technician in Ellicott City with what had become Verizon.

In retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his family and volunteering at Cedar Grove Elementary School in Damascus, where his two grandsons were enrolled.

He enjoyed shooting clay pigeons and was a member of the Carroll County Gun Club. He was also a member of the Damascus chapter of the Izaak Walton League.

He spent time working in his half-acre backyard garden, which included fruit trees, berry bushes and a grape arbor.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 21 at Witzke Funeral Home, 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, the former Carol Mazzucchelli; a son, Marty Struble of Eldersburg; a daughter, Melody Stanhope of Gaithersburg; and five grandchildren. His 1958 marriage to Carolyn Keser ended in divorce.

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