Earl T. Channell, 71, retired supervisory contracts specialist and department head in the logistics service of the Federal Aviation Administration, died May 10 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring after a heart attack.

Mr. Channell worked for the FAA for about five years before retiring in 1968.

He began his federal career in 1934 as an auditor and contracts specialist with the old Federal Housing Administration, where he remained until about 1960. He then worked for the National Security Agency before transferring to the FAA in about 1963.

A native of Elkins, W. Va., Mr. Channell attended Davis and Elkins College there. He graduated from Benjamin Franklin University here.

During World War II, he was assigned to the Rubber Development Corporation in Brazil.

Following his retirement, Mr. Channell worked in real estate sales and investments with C. Paul Hickman, Inc., in Adelphi.

He lived in Silver Spring and was a former member of the Fairfax Elks Club.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, the former Vera Ping, of Silver Spring; a daughter, Clair Shockey of Waynesboro, Pa.; two sons, Ted, of Fremont Calif., and Earl, of Annapolis; a sister, Marguerite Moore of Elkins, W. Va., and six grandchildren.