John Kenneth Wenderoth

[ Age 93 ] The aviation worker and flying enthusiast considered his meeting with Charles Lindbergh a highlight of his life.

March 05, 2007|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN REPORTER

John Kenneth Wenderoth, a retired aviation quality control worker, died of heart failure Wednesday at Glen Meadows retirement community in Glen Arm. The former Baldwin resident was 93.

Mr. Wenderoth was born in Baltimore and raised in Rosedale and Essex. After graduating from Sparrows Point High School in 1929, he went to work at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River and stayed when it became Martin Marietta Corp.

He retired in 1967 after his division was sold to Teledyne Energy Systems in Hunt Valley.

An aviation enthusiast who enjoyed attending air shows during the 1930s, Mr. Wenderoth considered meeting Charles A. Lindbergh one of the highlights of his life.

"He met Lindbergh during a visit with Glenn L. Martin at the Middle River plant," said a son, Joe Wenderoth of Baldwin.

Mr. Wenderoth also owned and operated several business properties in Essex for many years before moving to Baldwin in 1971.

At his new home, he built a half-acre pond and several outbuildings. He also enjoyed landscaping his property and hosting crab feasts for family and friends.

He was also an accomplished woodworker and liked following the stock market.

Services were Saturday.

Also surviving are his wife of 71 years, the former Margaret "Marge" Landa; two other sons, John H. Wenderoth of Media, Pa., and William Wenderoth of Forest Hill; a daughter, Kathleen Mead of Vonore, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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