Stanley P. Earp, 84

Ammunition expert

January 19, 2007

Stanley Plummer Earp, a retired Aberdeen Proving Ground ammunition expert, died of pneumonia Jan. 11 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The longtime Towson resident was 84.

Mr. Earp was born in Baltimore and raised on Dixie Drive in Towson. He was a 1941 graduate of Towson High School and joined the Navy in 1943. He served in the Pacific theater as a gunner on a PBY Catalina flying boat.

After the war, he briefly attended the College of Wooster in Ohio, then went to sea after joining the U.S. merchant marine.

While serving in a ship's dispensary, he met Marianna Markowski, a Polish immigrant who was traveling from Germany to the U.S. They married in 1951 and settled in Towson.

A civilian employee of the Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Mr. Earp had ammunition assignments in France for a decade and later completed three tours in Vietnam during the 1960s. He retired in the 1980s.

Mr. Earp was an avid golfer and woodworker who enjoyed building furniture in his garage workshop. He was a member of the Bykota Senior Center in Towson and the Towson Elks.

Services were Tuesday.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Scott S. Earp of Sparks; two daughters, Patricia M. Lambert of Lutherville and Diana T. DeVeas of Towson; and six grandchildren.

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