Lawrence E. Brubaker, 92

Railroad worker

November 19, 2006

Lawrence E. Brubaker, a retired railroad employee who grew wheat in the yard of his log home, died of melanoma Wednesday at his granddaughter's home in Reisterstown. He was 92.

Born in Braymer, Mo., he moved to Maryland as boy. His family drove the whole way in an Overland car with their pet collie riding on the running board, said his daughter, Joyce M. Danner of Finksburg.

The family farmed on the Eastern Shore for a few years before moving to Reisterstown in 1929. Mr. Brubaker left school after the sixth grade to help his parents with the farm, his daughter said.

Mr. Brubaker married Mildred P. Markel in 1939 and they moved to a log home in Reisterstown six years later. He dug a well and installed cold running water in the house. He never added a bathroom to the house, in which he lived until his death, and used a two-seater outhouse instead, his daughter said.

"They didn't miss the modern conveniences," Mrs. Danner said of her parents. "My father always said, `Beware the push button.'"

He grew crops, including winter wheat, in the yard of his home and was riding his tractor as recently as three weeks ago, his daughter said.

Mr. Brubaker worked for the Western Maryland Railroad and several hardware stores. He was a life member of the Maryland Steam Historical Society and the Mason Dixon Historical Society. He enjoyed attending gas engine and tractor shows and would peruse antique shows for old tools.

"My dad liked to work on gasoline engines, but he could tell you about every steam engine out there," Mrs. Danner said.

Funeral services were held yesterday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Reisterstown, where he was a member.

In addition to his wife and daughter, survivors include another daughter, Sandra Jean Fisher of York, Pa.; two brothers, Clifton M. Brubaker of Port Deposit and Russell E. Brubaker of Virginia Beach, Va.; three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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