Robert E. Kerney, flavoring company president

November 23, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Robert E. Kerney, a retired flavoring company executive and World War II veteran, died of pulmonary edema Nov. 15 at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Mays Chapel resident was 86.

Mr. Kerney was born in Baltimore and raised near Lake Montebello. After graduating from City College in 1940, he worked at the Davidson Chemical Co. in Curtis Bay.

He was inducted into the Army Air Corps in 1942 and later transferred to the Army Specialized Training Program at Indiana University. Mr. Kerney was later assigned as an infantryman with the 20th Armored Division, where he saw action in the European Theater.

Discharged with the rank of corporal at war's end, Mr. Kerney went to work for Parker Vanilla Products in Baltimore. He rose to general manager and eventually became president before he retired in 1991.

Mr. Kerney was a longtime volunteer with the Service Corps of Retired Executives, which is sponsored by the Small Business Administration.

The former Northeast Baltimore resident, who had lived in Mays Chapel since 1983, enjoyed traveling to Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Europe. Mr. Kerney was also an avid reader of World War II history. He was a member of the Notre Dame Council of the Knights of Columbus and the Hibernian Society of Baltimore.

His wife of 46 years, the former Margaret Platt, died in 1996.

Mr. Kerney was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cockeysville, where a memorial Mass was offered Wednesday.

Surviving are a daughter, Carol K. Peal of Conyngham, Pa., and two granddaughters.

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