Louis L. 'Cap' Caperoon Jr., Firefighter

August 13, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Louis L. "Cap" Caperoon Jr., a retired Baltimore County firefighter and World War II veteran, died Monday from emphysema at Northwest Hospital Center. The longtime Woodlawn resident was 81.

Mr. Caperoon was born in South Baltimore and raised in the city's Pimlico neighborhood and Woodlawn. He was a graduate of Catonsville High School.

During World War II, he served as a naval aviation mechanic at the Navy's Banana River Naval Air Station near Satellite Beach, Fla.

Mr. Caperoon began his firefighting career with Baltimore County in 1950 and was later promoted to captain. From 1963 until his retirement in 1986, he was captain at Station 13 in Woodlawn.

He also helped found the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Department in 1941 and regularly volunteered there after retiring.

Mr. Caperoon had a second career as an electrician and was an avid vegetable gardener.

He was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church, 2119 Gwynn Oak Ave., where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

Surviving are his wife of 29 years, the former Margaret M. Seldomridge; a son, Louis L. Caperoon III of Greensburg, Ind.; a daughter, Aleda J. Johnson of Kalispell, Mont.; four stepdaughters, Susan Mells of Cockeysville, Barbara Fenner of Columbia, Lee Perez of Marriottsville and Amy DeMarco of Baltimore; two sisters, Marlene Hall and Shirely Buhs, both of Woodlawn; 11 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. His first wife of many years, the former Aleda Miller, died in 1978.

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