Anthony 'Bud' Peroutka, salesman

February 21, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Anthony J. "Bud" Peroutka, a retired salesman and an active churchman, died Wednesday of heart failure at Harrisburg Hospital in Harrisburg, Pa. He was 87.

Mr. Peroutka, the son of a Federal Reserve Bank purchasing agent and a civic activist, was born and raised in East Baltimore.

He was a 1940 graduate of Loyola High School and during World War II served with an anti-aircraft unit in the Pacific.

After the war, he worked for several years as a pattern maker for the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.

In 1958, he began a 30-year career with Baer Supply Co., selling institutional janitorial supplies. He retired in 1988.

A longtime resident of Kenilworth Avenue in Towson, he had earlier lived in White Marsh, and he had been president of the Cowentown Recreation Council and Riderwood Hills Community Association.

In the 1950s, Mr. Peroutka helped establish Our Lady Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church in Middle River, where he directed the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine.

After moving to Towson in 1966, he joined Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, where he remained an usher and active communicant until his death.

Mr. Peroutka, who was a fourth-degree knight of the Knights of Columbus, was a member of the Father O'Neal Council in Lutherville and the Cardinal Gibbons Council.

He was a longtime volunteer of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation of Central Maryland.

His wife of 48 years, the former Elizabeth Streb, died in 1990.

In recent years, Mr. Peroutka lived in Windsor Mill with his wife of 12 years, the former Erika Weinert.

He enjoyed reading and playing bridge and was an accomplished ballroom dancer.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Peroutka is survived by two sons, Michael A. Peroutka and Stephen G. Peroutka, both of Severna Park; two daughters, Mary Peroutka of Severn and Dr. Kathryn Peroutka of Lancaster, Pa.; 23 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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