John H. Kelbel Sr. 70

Mechanical engineer

February 06, 2007

John H. Kelbel Sr., a retired mechanical engineer and former Reisterstown resident, died of pulmonary fibrosis Jan. 24 at a hospital in Palm Coast, Fla. He was 70.

Mr. Kelbel was born in Baltimore and raised in Hebbville. He was a 1954 graduate of Milford Mill High School and earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 1960.

He worked for Bendix Radio Corp. in Towson for a decade before taking an engineering position in 1970 at Nurad Technologies Inc., a radar engineering firm in Baltimore.

"He helped build radar systems used in fighter planes and for other military areas," said his wife of 44 years, the former E. Ruth Weidemeyer.

After retiring in 2000, Mr. Kelbel moved to St. Augustine, Fla., and then to Palm Coast.

He was an accomplished artist and especially liked doing portraits in charcoal, oils, watercolors and acrylics. He also enjoyed woodworking and refinishing antique furniture.

Mr. Kelbel was a former member of Liberty Presbyterian Church in Randallstown.

Services were Jan. 29.

Also surviving are a son, John H. Kelbel Jr. of Eldersburg; a daughter, Bonnie L. Clark of Randallstown; and three grandchildren.

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