Wilbert McLaughlin, 82

Truck driver, veteran

June 20, 2007

Wilbert Bennett McLaughlin Sr., a retired truck driver and security guard, died of heart failure Friday at his Crumpton home. He was 82.

Mr. McLaughlin was born in Locust Grove in Kent County, and raised in Centreville. He attended Centreville High School and enlisted in the Army during World War II. He served as an infantryman with the 84th Infantry Division and fought at the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war, he returned to Baltimore and drove a bread truck for 21 years for Koester Baking Co. From 1967 until 1983, he delivered baked goods for Schmidt Baking Co.

The former Westport resident was a security guard for Terminal Corp. for seven years, until retiring in 2002 and moving to Crumpton.

When living in Westport, Mr. McLaughlin was active with the community association and delivered baskets of food to needy families during the holidays. He also served as an election judge.

He was a member of the Railsplitters, the 84th Division's veterans association, and the American Legion.

He was married for 60 years to the former Anna Mae Griffith. She died in 2006.

Services were yesterday.

Surviving are three sons, Wilbert B. McLaughlin Jr. of Linden, Va., Warren McLaughlin Sr. of Baltimore and George McLaughlin Sr. of Chestertown; a stepson, Joseph Thomas of Ridgley; three daughters, Josephine Thompson of Johnson City, Tenn., Bonny Burr of Crumpton and Wendy Seekford of Martinsburg, W.Va.; a sister, Ethel Sisk of Easton; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

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