Retired Navy Capt. Claude V. Timberlake, 63, a combat veteran of World War II who was head of the Navy's Pharmacy Service for five years before retiring in 1966, died of a heart ailment Saturday at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Capt. Timberlake flew fighters and dive bombers off the aircraft carrier Ranger and the escort carrier Santee in the Pacific during World War II.

After transferring to the Navy's pharmacy section in 1948, he was stationed in Brooklyn and then was deputy director of a Navy medical research lab at Camp Lejeune, N.C., from 1953 to 1958.

He came to Washington in 1960 as head of the Pharmacy Service. He also served as chief pharmacy consultant to the Navy Surgeon General and was a member of the intra-governmental procurement advisory council on drugs.

Capt. Tiberlake was presented with the Andrew Craigie Award by the Association of Military Surgeons and received a certificate of merit from the Navy Surgeon General, both in 1965.

Following his retirement from active duty he spent 11 years with the National Pharmaceutical Council and retired as vice president and secretary-treasurer of the organization in1977.

His decorations included the Bronze Star Medal.

Capt. Timberlake was a native of North Carolina and a 1939 graduate of the University of North Carolina. He joined the Navy as an aviation cadet later that year.

Survivors include his wife, the former Margaret Durfey, and a daughter, Sally Timberlake, both of the home in Alexandria; four other daughters, Margaret T. Doyle, of Raleigh, N.C., Madeline T. Morgan, of Slidell, La., Beverly T. Chenoweth, of Newark, Del., and Barbara T. Sacknoff, of Annandale; two sisters, Phylis Ross, of Matthews, N.C., and Carolyn Bullard, of Charlotte, N.C., and four grandchildren.