Merle Monroe Krider

Leisure World Club Member

Merle Monroe Krider, 82, a member of the Genealogy Club and the Interfaith Chapel grounds committee at Rossmoor Leisure World in Silver Spring, died of cancer Jan. 15 at home at the retirement community. He had lived in the Washington area since 1987.

Dr. Krider spent 30 years with the Agriculture Department and retired in 1979 as assistant to the director of the Agricultural Research Service at the Eastern Regional Research Center in Wyndmoor, Pa.

He was born in Lafayette, Ind., and graduated from Western Illinois University. In the 1940s, he received a master's degree in biochemistry from Indiana University and a doctorate degree in agricultural science and biochemistry from Pennsylvania State University.

His memberships included the American Chemical Society, Alpha Chi Sigma and the District of Columbia Society of Mayflower Descendants.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Marion Cunningham Krider of Silver Spring; a daughter, Karen Ashley of Rockville; and two granddaughters. A son, Conrad Douglas Krider, died in 1984.

John Sady Jr.

D.C. Police Lieutenant

John Sady Jr., 73, a retired D.C. police lieutenant, died of a cardiovascular disorder Jan. 13 at Calvert Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Sady served on the police force for 21 years until 1971. He began as a patrolman and later worked in the accident investigation unit of the Traffic Division, the 13th Precinct and the office of planning and development at police headquarters.

In retirement, he served as shop foreman for the S&S Mailing Service in Hyattsville.

Mr. Sady, a Huntingtown resident, was born in Central City, Pa. During World War II, he served in the Pacific with the Navy submarine service.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Elks.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Dorothy J. Sady of Huntingtown; four children, Joseph Sady of Prince Frederick, John Sady of Hughesville, Richard Sady of Lacey Spring, Va., and Diana Thompson of Lusby; three sisters; and six grandchildren.

A daughter, Bonita Ann Wilcox, died in 1997.

Marjorie `Mitch' Everdale

Library Clerk

Marjorie "Mitch" Wilma Aldridge Everdale, 77, a Washington native and former Agriculture Department employee, library clerk and volunteer, died of complications from a brain tumor Jan. 14 at the Hospice Center of Northern Virginia. A Burke resident since 1995, she lived the previous 43 years in Hyattsville.

Mrs. Everdale spent about 16 years as a USDA petty cash clerk in Hyattsville before becoming a library clerk at Northwestern Senior High School in Adelphi from 1962 to 1970 and at the main office of the Prince George's County Public Library in Hyattsville from 1970 to 1975.

She also taught Sunday school at Zion Lutheran Church in Takoma Park and volunteered as an office worker at St. John's Lutheran Church in Riverdale.

She graduated from McKinley Tech High School, where she was a member of the fencing and field hockey teams.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, William E. Everdale of Burke; three children, Wilma Ginevra Portlock of Silver Spring, Edward W. Everdale of Moran, Wyo., and Fred Everdale of Arlington; and three grandchildren.

Jeanne Fern Brandt

Education Grants Specialist

Jeanne Fern Brandt, 93, who retired in 1970 as a higher education specialist for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, died Jan. 15 at her home in Charter House, in Silver Spring. She had a heart ailment.

Mrs. Brandt was a native of Columbus, Neb., and an honors graduate of the University of Wyoming. She began her career as a primary school teacher in Savory, Wyo., in the 1930s. She moved to Washington in 1942 and became an office worker at the Navy Department. She went to work for HEW, now the Department of Health and Human Services, in the 1950s, and worked on grants to improve college facilities.

She was a member of Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda and Phi Beta Kappa.

Her husband, Joseph Albert Brandt, died in 1990.

Survivors include three children, Maurine Mink of Silver Spring, A. Barry Brandt of Denver, and Norman Brandt of Greenbelt; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Herman L. Courson

Land Surveyor

Herman L. Courson, 83, a land surveyor for a half-century in the Washington area and a consultant since 1997 at The Tech Group in Fairfax, died Jan. 17 at his home in Fairfax after a heart attack.

From 1958 to 1997, Mr. Courson worked at Springfield Engineering Corp. and retired as a principal partner.

He was born in Como, Tex., and joined the Army Air Corps during World War II.

He was a field surveyor from the mid-1940s to 1958 at Holland Engineers and Surveyors in Alexandria.

Mr. Courson was past president of the Country Club of Fairfax, Virginia Association of Surveyors and what was the Virginia State Board of Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Certified Landscape Architects.

His hobbies included golf.

His marriage to Ashley Ormsbee Courson ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Eleanor Courson, of Fairfax; a son from his first marriage, Gardner Courson of Atlanta; two stepchildren, Donna Hamilton of Fairfax and Lawrence Baker of Irving, Tex.; a sister; and two granddaughters.

Betty Rae Ellis


Betty Rae Ellis, 67, who retired in 1995 after 26 years as a receptionist at a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Annapolis, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 1 at Civista Medical Center in La Plata.

Mrs. Ellis, who lived in Forestville for 35 years before moving to Waldorf in November, was born in Washington and raised there and in Alexandria. She attended Washington-Lee High School.

Known to her friends as "Betty Boop," she was active in Forest Memorial United Methodist Church in Forestville, the Boy Scouts, the Forestville Boys and Girls Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Her husband, Melvin M. Ellis, died in 1967. Survivors include seven children, Dorothy E. Martin of Waldorf, Edward R. Ellis of Manchester, Md., Judy A. Keyes of Edgewater, Md., Frank J. Ellis of Wilton Manors, Fla., Olivia A. Painte of Louisa, Va., and Melvin M. Ellis Jr. and Sally R. Finotti, both of Upper Marlboro; two brothers; and 13 grandchildren.

Delaney Chapman Colbert

Assembly Line Worker

Delaney Chapman Colbert, an assembly line worker for 20 years at Thompson's Dairy in Washington until the business closed in the 1970s, and a custodian at historic Carlyle House in Alexandria in the late 1970s, died of a heart ailment and kidney failure Jan. 16 at Inova Alexandria Hospital. He lived in Alexandria.

Mr. Colbert was born in Alexandria and was a driver for a seed company before joining Thompson's. After retiring from the dairy, he volunteered at Woodbine Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Alexandria.

His memberships included the Masons and Meade Memorial Episcopal Church in Alexandria.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mary Agnes Johnson Colbert of Alexandria; two daughters, Frances Terrell of Alexandria and Dolores Malone of New Albany, Ind.; two sons, Delaney, of Landover, and Frederick, of Woodbridge; a brother, Edward Colbert of Baltimore; a sister, Carolean Tyler of Charlottesville; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Helen Melichar Walstad

Church Volunteer

Helen Melichar Walstad, 88, who had done volunteer work with Lutheran churches in Washington, Temple Hills and Fairfax, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 11 at Potomac Hospital in Woodbridge.

Mrs. Walstad, who lived in Woodbridge, was born in Hutchinson, Minn. She did nurse's training and worked as a private-duty nurse in Minnesota before moving to the Washington area in 1942.

During the 1950s, she was PTA president at Stanton School in Southeast Washington.

She had participated in the Altar Guild at Holy Comforter Church in Southeast Washington and Our Savior Lutheran Church in Temple Hills, and she also had done volunteer work with Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Fairfax.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Her husband, Clarence Walstad, died in 1992.

Survivors include two children, Janice Cirillo of Fairfax and Lois Stewart of Fairfax Station; a sister and a brother; and two grandchildren.

Elwin F. Holmes

Air Force Colonel

Elwin F. Holmes, 80, an Air Force colonel who retired in 1971, died Jan. 12 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after heart surgery. He lived in Cross Junction, Va.

Col. Holmes was born in Dunn, N.C., and attended Duke University. After joining the Army Air Corps in 1941, he served in the China-Burma-India theater of World War II and participated in the Berlin Airlift. His last assignment was in the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Among his awards were the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Legion of Merit.

His marriage to Frances Sue Poe Holmes ended in divorce.

Survivors include four daughters, Carol Dabrowiski of Ashburn, Sherry Brody of Sterling, Beverly Turner of Alexandria and Susan McPheters of New Port Richey, Fla.; two brothers; a sister; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Joseph L. Price Jr.

Mechanical Engineer

Joseph L. Price Jr., 77, an Annandale resident who retired in 1988 after 38 years as a mechanical engineer for Potomac Electric Power Co., died of lymphoma Jan. 13 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Mr. Price was born in Raleigh, N.C., and raised in Arlington, where he graduated from Washington-Lee High School. He served in an Army Air Corps photo squadron in Europe during World War II. He graduated from George Washington University with a degree in mechanical engineering.

He was a Mason and member of the Scottish Rite, American Legion and the singing group Arlington Songfellows. He belonged to Annandale Methodist Church and sang in its choir.

His wife of 46 years, Helen M. Price, and a daughter, Deborah A. Byroade, both died in 1990.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda P. Brillhart of Fairfax; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Lewis Clark Shepley

Telecommunications Consultant

Lewis Clark Shepley, 78, a telephone engineering consultant who retired from a job with Aramco in Saudi Arabia in 1983, died of a stroke Dec. 26 at Arlington Hospital. He lived in Falls Church.

A resident of the Washington area off and on since 1967, he had also worked for the Rural Electrification Administration and the Teleconsult company. Mr. Shepley was a graduate of Hamline University in his native St. Paul, Minn. He served as a naval aviator in the South Pacific during World War II and in Alaska during the Korean War. He retired as a Naval Reserve lieutenant commander in 1970.

Mr. Shepley was a member of the Kiwanis Club, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a priest and choir member at the Arlington Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Doris B. Shepley of Falls Church; six children, Nancy Price of Brigham City, Utah, Doreen Craig of Las Vegas, John Shepley of Annandale, Joel Shepley of Virginia Beach, Va., Robin Shepley of Herndon and David Shepley of Ashburn, Va.; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Hugh V. Gittinger Jr.

Real Estate Appraiser

Hugh V. Gittinger Jr., 79, a self-employed real estate appraiser whose work included sites for Dulles International Airport, FBI headquarters and the D.C. Convention Center, died Jan. 18 at Georgetown University Hospital after a stroke.

Other clients included the Redevelopment Land Agency and Pennsylvania Avenue Redevelopment Corp. He lived in Northwest Washington at the Westchester, where he was former president of the cooperative association.

Mr. Gittinger was a native of Frederick, Md., and a foreign service graduate of Georgetown University. He served in the Army in North Africa and Europe during World War II.

He worked on Capitol Hill and was executive secretary of the Washington Board of Realtors in the 1950s.

He was a member of the American Society of Appraisers and Society of Residential Appraisers. He was a founder of an investment group, SBG Associates.

Survivors include his companion of 29 years, Jim E. Kampe.

Robert C. Hasek

Transportation Analyst

Robert C. Hasek, 58, a political activist and retired transportation analyst with the Interstate Commerce Commission, died of pancreatic cancer Dec. 29 at George Washington University Hospital.

He had been active in the Log Cabin Republican Club for the past three years, first as a volunteer and then as its director of legislative affairs. He also was active nationally in the Presbyterian Church, lobbying for the ordination of gay ministers.

He was born in Cleveland and was a Washington resident since the mid-1960s. He graduated from the University of Baltimore in 1966 and subsequently worked 30 years for the ICC.

He was a member of the First and Franklin Street Presbyterian Church in Baltimore.

There are no immediate survivors.

Betty Darden Welsh


Betty Darden Welsh, 82, a former conservation society aide who volunteered with political and civic organizations for more than 40 years, died of complications from a broken hip Jan. 16 at Manor Care Nursing Home in Bethesda.

She was active in Montgomery County Republican organizations, primarily as an officer and committee chairman with the Rock Creek Women's Republican Club. She also served as a campaign worker for local, state and national candidates and did volunteer work for Women Watch and its national campaign to curb violence among young people.

A native Washingtonian, she graduated from Central High School and George Washington University. From 1940 to 1956, she worked for the Foresters Society as an executive secretary to the head of the organization and as an assistant to the managing editor of its publications.

Her husband, Llewellyn H. Welsh , died in 1969.

Survivors include two sons, James L. Welsh and Robert D. Welsh, both of Bethesda.

Henry Horsefield George

Johns Hopkins Scientist

Henry Horsefield George, 81, who joined the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in 1946 and retired in 1980 after 19 years on its principal professional staff, died Jan. 17 at his home in Columbia after a stroke.

At the lab, Mr. George specialized in naval missile guidance systems, including the Terrier and Tartar combat systems.

Mr. George was born in Philadelphia and graduated in 1944 from the Pratt Institute in New York with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He spent two years at the Brooklyn Navy Yard working on naval radar systems before joining the applied physics lab, then in Silver Spring and now in Laurel.

His memberships included St. Louis Catholic Church in Clarskville.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Sylvia George of Columbia; five sons, Hank, of White Stone, Va., Stephen, of Sykesville, Md., Gregory, of Chestertown, and Ronald and Ken, both of Arnold; three daughters, Christine Cunningham of Columbia, Janice Smith of Eldersburg and Deborah Wright of Coos Bay, Ore.; and 19 grandchildren.

George E. `Roy' McNeil Jr.

Building Services Manager

George E. "Roy" McNeil Jr., 79, a native Washingtonian and retired general manager of a building maintenance services company, died of sepsis Jan. 10 at Washington Hospital Center. He lived in North Bethesda.

He was a member of Federal Storage Co.'s sales staff from 1946 to 1963, a real estate agent with Phillips Real Estate from 1963 to 1969, and general manager of Macke Building Services in Washington from 1969 to 1984.

After his retirement from Macke, he became co-owner of McNeil-Roller Inc., a real estate management company.

He graduated from Roosevelt High School and George Washington University, where he earned six varsity letters in basketball and baseball. In December, he was elected to GWU Sports Hall of Fame.

He was a deacon, trustee and treasurer of the Bethesda Presbyterian Church and a past president of the Civitan Club of Washington.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth McNeil of North Bethesda; three children, Helen Whisman of Kensington, Ann Fox of North Bethesda and Mary McNeil of Washington; a sister, Helen Hansen of McLean; and six grandchildren.