George H. Landes Sr., 85, a retired veterans adviser with the Civil Service Commission and an area resident for 61 years, died of cancer Saturday at the Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park.

Mr. Landes, who was born in Stamps, Ark., came to this area in 1918. During the 1920s, he sold real estate in Arlington County and was an announcer for radio station WJSV, now radio station WTOP.

He then went to work as an administrator for the Veterans Administration and later worked for the old National Recovery Administration and the Social Security Administration before transferring to the Civil Service Commission. He was a veteran's adviser for the Commission until his retirement in 1960.

During that time, Mr. Landes also worked as a part-time sales representative for the Fort Lincoln Cemetery.

Mr. Landes who served in the Marine Corps from 1917 to 1919, was a member of the Sgt. Jasper Post of the American Legion. He was a member of the Benjamin B. French Masonic Lodge, the Joppa Lodge Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and a past Patron of the Acacia Chapter of the Eastern Star.

He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington for more than 50 years and a former president of the church's Vaughan Bible Class.

Survivors include his wife, Marie K., of the home in Takoma Park; a son, George H. Jr., of Fairfax a daughter, Jacqueline Christina, of Rockville; two sisters, Nora Knighton and Marie Thornton and a brother, William s., all of Florida, and seven grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Calvary Baptist Church or to the American Cancer Society.