Gordon H. Spittel, Bell System engineer

February 20, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Gordon H. Spittel, a retired Bell System telecommunications engineer and model rail enthusiast, died Feb. 10 of cancer at Carroll Hospice's Dove House in Westminster. He was 93.

Mr. Spittel, the son of a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad accountant and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Halethorpe. He was a 1933 graduate of Catonsville High School.

Mr. Spittel went to work for Western Electric Corp. in 1937 and later took a job with Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co.

During World War II, he served in naval telecommunications in the Pacific.

At his retirement as a telecommunications engineer in 1979, Mr. Spittel had been employed by Bell Cos. for 40 years.

The former longtime Rockdale resident, who had lived in Westminster since 1982, was an active member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts in Westminster, and the Westminster Kiwanis Club.

He was an avid collector of O-, HO- and N-gauge model trains and enjoyed operating an extensive railroad layout. He also collected model cars and clocks.

Mr. Spittel was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster and an associate member of Christ Lutheran Church in South Baltimore.

Services were held Monday.

Surviving are his wife of 69 years, the former Anna Carrie Kaiss; two daughters, Barbara Fahholz of New Castle, Del., and Deborah Pickett-Spittel of Westminster; a sister, Elizabeth Ann Martz of Timonium; and three grandchildren. His son, Gordon H. Spittel Jr., died in 1941.

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