George B. Pyle, veteran and postal worker

November 25, 2008|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

George B. Pyle, a retired postal worker and World War II veteran, died of gastric cancer Nov. 18 at Good Samaritan Hospital. The longtime Baynesville resident was 85.

Mr. Pyle was born in Baltimore and raised on Bond Street. He dropped out of Polytechnic Institute in 1940 and enlisted in the Navy during World War II.

He served as a machinist's mate aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger in the Atlantic and Pacific.

After the war, Mr. Pyle went to work as a mail carrier and was assigned to the old Eudowood post office. For more than 30 years until retiring in 1981, Mr. Pyle delivered mail in Riderwood.

In 2002, Mr. Pyle was one of seven Poly students honored at a ceremony where they were given the diplomas they had failed to receive 62 years earlier because they had gone off to war.

"The first thing I'm going to do is show my grandchildren. 'Grandpop got his diploma!,' Mr. Pyle told The Sun.

Mr. Pyle, a Baynesville resident for 51 years, was a member of Dewey Lowman American Legion Post and enjoyed attending USS Ranger reunions.

He was a longtime Special Olympics volunteer, an usher with the Baltimore County Senior Box Office and a volunteer administrative assistant with Local 3302 of the American Federation of Government Employees.

Mr. Pyle, who enjoyed reading about World War II, maintained a special interest in carrier warfare.

Mr. Pyle was a communicant of Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Baynesville, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Rita Wazlavek; three daughters, Cynthia A. Pyle Roper of Baltimore, Margaret Fausto of Freeland and Patricia L. Pyle Connolly of Olympia, Wash.; six grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

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