Francis Gary Himes, Printer

July 27, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Francis Gary Himes, a retired printer and longtime Owings Mills resident, died July 18 at Seasons Hospice at Northwest Hospital Center from a stroke.

He was 73.

Mr. Himes was born in Baltimore and was raised in the city's Pimlico neighborhood. He attended Polytechnic Institute through the 11th grade and later earned his General Educational Development certificate.

He attended what is now the Community College of Baltimore and served in the Army in communications in Germany from 1960 to 1962.

"He saw the Berlin Wall go up and his son was there in the service when it came down," said his wife of 45 years, the former Maureen Doyle.

Mr. Himes worked as a printer at the old Jay-Bee Press, a commercial printing company on Spaulding Avenue in Northwest Baltimore, from 1962 until retiring in 2004.

An accomplished woodworker, Mr. Himes built bookcases and a bed for his daughter. He also enjoyed painting landscapes and portraits in oil. He also liked crabbing.

He was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Owings Mills.

A private memorial gathering and service will be held Aug. 22.

Also surviving are a son, Timothy Himes of Reisterstown; two daughters, Bonny Tockett of New Freedom, Pa., and Elizabeth Himes of Owings Mills; a stepson, Timothy Warfield of Harrisburg, Pa.; three brothers, John Himes of Joppatown, Richard Johnston of Eldersburg and Edward Johnston of Finksburg; a sister, Joan Fallon of Libertytown; and four grandchildren.

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