Donovan Truluck, 80

Construction chief

October 10, 2007

Donovan Truluck, a retired construction superintendent and inventor, died of cancer Thursday at his Arnold home. He was 80.

Mr. Truluck was born in Olanta, S.C., and raised in Sumter, S.C. He was 17 when he enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and served aboard the battleship USS Wisconsin as a fireman first class until his discharge in 1946.

He was an active member of the USS Wisconsin Association and enjoyed keeping in contact with former shipmates and attending reunions.

Mr. Truluck worked for several construction companies, including the John H. Hampshire Construction Co., where he was a carpenter and superintendent for many years.

In the last decade of his career, he was a construction superintendent for Barber Construction Co. He retired in 1986.

An interest in photography led him to a side business as a wedding and portrait photographer.

Mr. Truluck, who was also a locksmith, was the inventor and patent-holder of the Tru-Lock bar-joist ceiling hangar, used in the construction of dropped ceilings, family members said.

"He'd sit around with a pad and pencil trying to figure out how to design something," said a daughter, Donna J. Phipps of Stevensville.

"He also invented and built other gadgets that we use around the house," she said.

Mr. Truluck was a tennis player and golfer and enjoyed taking long walks and bike rides.

Services were held Sunday.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Hazel Lorraine Taylor; a son, Michael D. Truluck of Severna Park; another daughter, Paula L. Brown of Arnold; a sister, Elizabeth "Libby" Truluck Atkinson of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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