Daniel J. Schaech Jr., 86

World War II veteran flew 52 missions as pilot of a B-26 bomber

March 21, 2007

Daniel J. Schaech Jr., a retired telephone company manager and World War II veteran, died Friday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Towson resident was 86.

Born in Baltimore and raised on McElderry Street, he was a 1939 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School and had been active in its alumni association.

During World War II he served in the Army Air Forces and flew 52 missions over Germany as a B-26 bomber pilot.

After the war, Mr. Schaech became a Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. lineman serving Sparrows Point and the Bethlehem Steel plant.

He retired from Bell Atlantic as a commercial manager in the early 1980s.

During Mr. Schaech's retirement, he enjoyed long road trips and vacations in Ocean City.

He also followed sports and had season tickets to the Colts and Orioles.

He also cared for a son, Michael T. Schaech, who died in January after being bedridden for more than 20 years as a result of a motorcycle accident.

A funeral Mass was offered Monday at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, where Mr. Schaech was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Angela M. Connelly; four sons, Daniel J. Schaech III of Catonsville, Mark J. Schaech Sr. of Arbutus, Robert T. Schaech Sr. of Millersville and Martin J. Schaech of Finksburg; three daughters, Frances E. Kelly of Ocean City, Mary L. Keim of Parkville and Katherine A. Turner of Denver; a brother, Joseph Schaech of Bel Air; a sister, Helen Knapik of Timonium; 20 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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