Richard Arthur Brindle Sr.

Ice Cream Man

Richard Arthur Brindle Sr., 65, who for the last seven years drove an ice cream truck in southern Maryland for Circus Ice Cream, died March 4 at Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Clinton after a heart attack.

Mr. Brindle was a native Washingtonian and a resident of Brandywine. He served in the Coast Guard as a young man.

Mr. Brindle was well known to hundreds of children in the Waldorf area, where he sold ice cream from his truck in front of the Department of Motor Vehicles office.

Prior to working for Circus Ice Cream, Mr. Brindle was a produce manager for Food Lion in Prince George's County, a store manager for Murry's Steaks in Waldorf, a distributor for Arnold Bread and a store manager for Safeway.

His wife of 40 years, Maria "Judy" Brindle, died in 1998.

Survivors include six children, Richard A. Brindle Jr. of Richmond, Robert Brindle of Waldorf, Susan Combs of Pomfret, Julia Wright of La Plata, Christian Brindle of Pomfret and Jennifer Varela of Mechanicsville, Va.; a brother and two sisters; and 17 grandchildren.

Julian F. Wheaton Sr.

Navy, Westinghouse Engineer

Julian Francis Wheaton Sr., 89, a retired Navy Department civilian and Westinghouse engineer, died March 25 at his home in Golden Beach. He had Parkinson's disease.

From the 1930s to early 1960s, Mr. Wheaton worked at the Naval Weapons Plant in Washington and did missile-design work.

He then spent about 20 years with Westinghouse, doing electrical and mechanical engineering work on elevators.

He was a native Washingtonian and grew up in Odenton. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II.

His avocations included crabbing, fishing and hunting. In Golden Beach, he helped restore a historical graveyard.

His wife, Thelma Fields Wheaton, whom he married in 1943, died in 1998.

Survivors include three sons, Ronald Wheaton of Fairfax, Julian Wheaton Jr. of Golden Beach and Howard Wheaton of Woodbridge; and two grandchildren.

Denise A.G. Erickson

Justice Department Trial Lawyer

Denise Ann Griffin Erickson, 50, who had worked for the Justice Department since the late 1980s and at her death was a trial lawyer in the office of the U.S. trustee for bankruptcy, died March 24 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She had liver disease.

Mrs. Erickson, an Annandale resident, was born in Boston. She was a 1974 graduate of Boston University and a 1978 graduate of the New England School of Law in Boston.

She did legal work in Germany and then in Falls Church for the Army's judge advocate general from 1980 to 1986, attaining the rank of captain.

In the late 1980s, she was a civilian staff lawyer for what is now the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Her memberships included St. Michael's Catholic Church in Annandale.

Her marriage to Robert C. Erickson Jr. ended in divorce.

Survivors include two sons, Robert C. Erickson III of Annandale and Michael R. Erickson of Fairfax; and her father, Edward Griffin of Venice, Fla.

Kevin P. McHugh


Kevin P. McHugh, 54, a real estate appraiser who had owned and operated McHugh & Associates of Severn since 1976, died March 27 at his home in Severn after a heart attack.

He had worked for Suburban Bank from 1971 to 1974, and then for Joseph L. Donnelly and Sons in Washington until 1976.

Mr. McHugh, a Naval Reserve veteran, was a Washington native. He was a 1967 graduate of St. John's College High School and had received as associate's degree from Montgomery College.

Survivors include his mother, Virginia McHugh of Mount Airy; and three brothers, Thomas M., of Hartford, Conn., Brian J., of Medina, Ohio, and Joe Jr., of Gaithersburg.

C. Brenda Mueller

Judicial Office Manager

Constance Brenda Mueller, 59, who retired in 1999 as chambers manager for Judge Lawrence S. Margolis, senior judge of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, died of cancer March 26 at her home in Annapolis.

Mrs. Mueller, who was known as Brenda, worked for the federal government for more than three decades. She had been an office manager for chief judges of the Court of Appeals and for the administrative office of the U.S. courts. Earlier in her career, she was a clerical worker for the Army Adjutant General's Corps and the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Mrs. Mueller was a native of Alexandria and a graduate of Fairfax High School. She lived in Burke before moving five years ago to Annapolis, where she belonged to Calvary United Methodist Church.

Her marriage to William Hanback ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband of 26 years, Robert C. Mueller of Annapolis; three sons from her first marriage, Martin Hanback of Annapolis, Clinton Hanback of Burke and Mitchell Hanback of Ashburn; a brother; and four grandchildren.

John J. Cruz

Electrical Engineer

John J. Cruz, 61, an electrical engineer who worked at the Washington Navy Yard for defense contractor BAE Systems, died of cancer March 25 at his home in Kettering, where he had lived since 1978.

Mr. Cruz worked for BAE Systems and its predecessor companies for more than seven years. Earlier, he worked more than 15 years for Westinghouse Corp. in Baltimore. His projects there included development of radar systems.

He was a New York native and graduate of the University of Maryland.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Lydia Cruz of Kettering; and three children, Michael Cruz of Arlington, Jennifer Cruz of Kettering and Anthony Cruz of Gaithersburg.