Charles H. Klaus Sr.

Stationary engineer at the Calvert Distillery

December 10, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Charles H. Klaus Sr., a retired stationary engineer and lifelong Woodlawn resident, died Tuesday of a staph infection at his home. He was 96.

Mr. Klaus was born in Baltimore and spent the remainder of his life in Woodlawn.

"He lived in a house on Dogwood Road that was later torn down in the 1960s to make way for Martin's West," said his daughter, Cassie A. Klaus-Maye of Williamsburg, Va.

Mr. Klaus attended Woodlawn Elementary School until the fifth grade, when he left to help support his family.

During World War II, he worked at the old Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co.

After the war, he went to work in 1945 as a stationary engineer at the Calvert Distillery in Relay, which later became the Seagram's Distillery.

After retiring in 1981, he served as president of the Calvert Distillery Retirees' Club.

Mr. Klaus enjoyed caring for his home and grounds.

"He was still mowing his lawn until August and driving a car," his daughter said.

Mr. Klaus was also a member for 75 years of the Rebekah Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Moose Lodge.

He was a longtime active member of Salem United Methodist Church in Hebbville.

His wife of 49 years, the former Frances Brophy, died in 1986.

Services for Mr. Klaus will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home, 1212 W. Old Liberty Road in Winfield.

Also surviving are a son, Charles H. Klaus Jr. of Reisterstown; four granddaughters; eight great-grandchildren; and his companion, Margaret "Dolly" Duvall.

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