Thomas E. Puckey, 74

Martin Marietta engineer

May 30, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Thomas E. Puckey, a retired Army research analyst and a former engineer with Martin Marietta, died of cancer on Sunday at Gilchrist Hospice Care.

The Kingsville resident was 74.

Born in Altoona, Pa., he earned an aeronautical engineering degree from Pennsylvania State University and moved to Maryland in 1956 when he joined the Martin Marietta Corp.

He worked on what became known as the space shuttle.

He retired in 1999 from the Aberdeen Proving Ground, where he was an operations research analyst.

Mr. Puckey then sold real estate through the Prudential-Carruthers firm.

He enjoyed bowling, weightlifting and home woodworking.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Jerusalem Road in Kingsville, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former May Marilyn Beshore, a retired real estate agent; a son, Thomas E. Puckey Jr. of Kingsville; a daughter, Vicki L. Ballard of Dayton; a brother, Robert A. Puckey of Jackson, Mich.; a sister of Jamestown, N.C,. and three grandsons.

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