Westmoreland D. 'West' Wynkoop

Oil Company Service Manager

Westmoreland D. "West" Wynkoop, 82, a Centreville resident and retired Griffith Consumers Oil Co. service manager, died of respiratory failure Sept. 2 at the Annaburg Manor nursing facility in Manassas. He had cancer.

Mr. Wynkoop, who as a young man studied refrigeration and oil burner maintenance, worked at Griffith for about 35 years before retiring in 1982. A lifelong passion for horses led him to open a boarding stable for horses in 1982. He ran W&L Boarding Stables in Centreville until 1991.

He was born in Haymarket and raised in Loudoun County. He entered the Army in 1941, then served with an amphibious tractor battalion in the south Philippines during World War II.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Ilean Wynkoop, of Centreville; two children, Belinda Wynkoop and Michael B. Wynkoop, both of Centreville; and a sister, Evelyn B. Laycock of Hamilton, Va.

Keith Dengler

Budget Manager

Keith Dengler, 77, who worked more than 30 years for Bell Atlantic and its predecessors before retiring in 1985 as a manager in the budget office, died of pneumonia and renal failure Aug. 28 at Arlington Hospital.

Mr. Dengler, a former Falls Church resident, had lived in Melbourne, Fla., since his retirement but was in the Washington area visiting relatives when he became ill.

He was a native of Edgemont, S.D., and an avid hunter. After graduating from the University of Wyoming, he served in the Army Signal Corps in Europe during World War II and served again during the Korean War.

He belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the National Rifle Association.

His first wife, Maryls Dengler, died in 1983.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Dengler, of Melbourne; two children from his first marriage, William "David" Dengler of Lorton and Linda K. Steel of Falls Church; and two grandchildren.

Louis H. Cohen


Louis H. Cohen, 87, a retired Silver Spring lawyer who served as a domestic relations master for Montgomery County from 1972 to 1982, died Sept. 5 at Holy Cross Hospital. He had emphysema.

He engaged in the private practice of law from 1950 to 1972. He also did work for the Montgomery County Revenue Authority from 1960 to 1966.

Mr. Cohen, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in New York and came to the Washington area in 1924. He was a graduate of George Washington University law school. During World War II, he served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific, including the fight for Guadalcanal.

He was a member of Congregation Har Tzeon Agudath Achim in Silver Spring. He also belonged to the Oddfellows.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Ruth, of Silver Spring; three sons, Warren, of New York, and David and Kenneth, both of Santa Fe, N.M.; and four grandchildren.

William Gerber

Civil Servant and Philosopher

William Gerber, 91, a retired civil servant and the author of 11 books on philosophy, died of a respiratory infection Sept. 13 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Gerber was an analyst and researcher in the historical division of the State Department from 1930 to 1960. From 1960 until his federal retirement in 1968, he was a specialist in foreign labor conditions at the Labor Department.

A resident of Washington since 1930, he was born in Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received a doctorate in philosophy from Columbia. During the 1930s, while working on the doctoral degree, he commuted from Washington to New York twice a week.

Philosophy and scholarship were Dr. Gerber's lifelong avocations. While traveling to and from work on D.C. buses, he read the works of Shakespeare. He taught philosophy part time at the University of Maryland. His philosophy books included "The Mind of India," (1967), "American Liberalism," (1975) and "Serenity" (1980). Nine of Dr. Gerber's books on philosophy were written after he was 75 years old.

Dr. Gerber was a founding member and former president of the Washington Philosophy Club and was its secretary-treasurer for 25 years. He was a member of the international editorial board of the eight-volume Encyclopedia of Philosophy and he had prepared and presented papers on philosophical issues at conferences in a dozen countries around the world.

He was a member of Beth El Congregation in Bethesda.

His wife of 53 years, Sylvia R. Wigdor, died in 1986. Survivors include a son, Lou Gerber of Falls Church.