Jerry Selby Eline, 65

Funeral director

March 22, 2007

Jerry Selby Eline, a fourth-generation funeral director and a partner in Eline Funeral Homes, died Monday of a heart attack at his Upperco home. He was 65.

Mr. Eline was born and raised in Reisterstown and graduated in 1960 from Franklin High School. He was a 1963 graduate of the old Eckels College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia and began his career at the family's funeral home in Hampstead.

"The business was established in 1863 and is one of the oldest family-owned funeral homes in the country," said his son, Steve W. Eline of Hampstead, a fifth-generation funeral director. "His work was both his life and his hobby, and he liked serving the community where he lived."

Mr. Eline also owned and operated a funeral home in Reisterstown.

He had been a board member for 36 years of Farmers and Merchants Bank in Fowblesburg, a lifetime member of the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Co., and member of the Hampstead Lions Club and Piney Branch Golf Club. Mr. Eline also enjoyed fishing, crabbing and touring the country in his motor home.

He was a member of St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hampstead.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the funeral home in Hampstead, 934 S. Main St.

Also surviving are his wife of 18 years, the former Eileen M. Staples; a daughter, Wendy A. Schuller of Chester, Va.; a stepson, Scott Bard of Glen Burnie; a stepdaughter, Wendy Didlake of Millersville; a brother, James B. Eline of Reisterstown; three grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren. His marriage to the former Margaret Carpenter ended in divorce.

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