Neil B. March Jr., 80

Veteran, steelworker

August 03, 2008|By Michael Dresser

Neil B. March Jr., a former Bethlehem Steel worker who made a second career out of selling mushrooms to restaurants, died of heart-related illness July 24 at the Berlin Nursing Home in Berlin on the Eastern Shore. He was 80.

Born in Millersburg, Pa., Mr. March was a graduate of Millersburg High School in 1946 and later attended Newberry College in South Carolina.

Mr. March served in the Korean War with the Army.

After his discharge, he moved to Baltimore and worked in a variety of jobs before going to work for Bethlehem Steel at Sparrows Point in the 1960s.

In the 1980s, he started a mushroom delivery business. He would buy the produce of local farms and deliver to many restaurants in the Baltimore region. He was affectionately known as "The Mushroom Man" to many of his customers. He continued that business until his retirement about five years ago.

He had lived in Middle River before suffering a broken hip in January, his family said.

He enjoyed horse racing and playing Keno.

Services were held Wednesday in Millersburg.

Mr. March is survived by three sons, John Michael March of Willards, Thomas Wise March of Baltimore and Robert Nelson March of Port Deposit; a daughter, April Marie Davis of Chincoteague Island, Va., seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death this year by his longtime companion, Diana J. Shriver. His marriages to Verda A. Wise and Blanche Ketterman ended in divorce.

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