Joseph Schnaper, a semiretired developer and veteran of two wars, died Thursday of liver cancer at his Pikesville home. He was 86.
Mr. Schnaper was born in Baltimore, the son of Russian immigrants, and raised on Presstman Street. He was a 1938 graduate of City College and was studying for an accounting degree at the University of Baltimore when he enlisted in the Army in 1942.
Mr. Schnaper, who attained the rank of captain, served with Gen. Douglas MacArthur's forces in the Pacific during World War II.
It was in Manila that Mr. Schnaper met the former Leonore Stein, who with her parents and sister had fled to the Philippines to escape Nazi Germany. The couple married in 1946.
Mr. Schnaper returned to the University of Baltimore and earned his degree. During the Korean War, he was recalled to duty and was sent to South Korea as an Army administrator.
After being discharged, he studied for a law degree at the University of Baltimore at night while working at the Calvert Distillery during the day.
He left school and went to work for his brother, Sheldon Schnaper, a developer, to fill in for a business partner who had left temporarily.
Mr. Schnaper then established his own development business, the Joseph Schnaper Co., which built Haddon Heights in Northwest Baltimore, Stevenswood in Randallstown and Pikeswood Park Apartments.
In recent years, he was semiretired but still came into the office of the family-owned business, which is now called Schnaper & Koren, several times a week.
Mr. Schnaper was an avid tennis player and was playing regularly until about a month ago. He was also a Ravens, Orioles and University of Maryland Terrapins fan.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Schnaper is survived by two sons, Jan L. Schnaper and Edward Schnaper, both of Randallstown; and a sister, Beverly Kronthal of Pikesville.