Frank Vollmerhausen

Construction inspector

April 11, 2008

Frank Vollmerhausen, a retired construction inspector, died of an intestinal obstruction March 31 at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. He was 83.

Mr. Vollmerhausen was born and raised in Savage. He left school in the eighth grade and went to work on his family's farm. During World War II, he served in the Army's 533rd Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

After the war, Mr. Vollmerhausen worked for nearly three decades for Stubbs Construction Co. in Bethesda. He spent 15 years as a construction inspector for Howard County public schools before retiring in the early 1990s.

Mr. Vollmerhausen was a member of the Savage Volunteer Fire Co. for 62 years and helped design the company's present firehouse.

Mr. Vollmerhausen enjoyed attending reunions of the 533rd Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment.

An accomplished woodworker, he liked building furniture, clocks and toys. He was also a fan of bluegrass music and NASCAR racing.

Mr. Vollmerhausen was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6004 Waterloo Road, Columbia, for more than 50 years. A memorial service will be held there at 3 p.m. April 18.

Surviving are his wife of 13 years, the former Gladys Whitehead; three sons, Bud Vollmerhausen of Deale, Seibert Vollmerhausen of Savage and Edwin Vollmerhausen of Elkridge; a daughter, Luanne Rushing of Woodbine; two stepdaughters, Kelli Cook of Gloucester, Va., and Bonnie Ayers of Germantown; a stepbrother, Leslie Whitehead of Ellicott City; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His wife of 46 years, the former Evelyn Bichell, died in 1992.

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