Arthur Thomas Wenzlaff Jr.

Heavy Equipment Owner, Operator

Arthur Thomas "Tom" Wenzlaff Jr., 70, owner and operator of heavy construction equipment, died of cancer May 24 at his home in Rockville.

Mr. Wenzlaff was born in Harvey, Ill. He served in the Marines from 1951 to 1957 and was stationed in Korea and Japan. He reached the rank of sergeant.

He and his family moved to Maryland in 1964.

From 1967 to 1974, he ran his company, Wenzlaff Construction. Later, he worked for Abernathy Construction and Miller and Long Concrete and Construction, among other local construction companies. He worked on major construction projects in the Washington area over a 35-year period, including the Metro subway system and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

Mr. Wenzlaff enjoyed fishing and made many of his own lures and loved to fish with his family and friends. He was the family historian and a voracious reader of all periods of history and could answer almost any question dealing with military history.

Among his other interests were NASCAR and the Washington Redskins.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Margaret K. Gaegler Wenzlaff of Rockville; six children, Arthur Thomas Wenzlaff III of Dry Ridge, Ky.; Margaret K. Smith of Hagerstown, Md.; Michael Anthony of Rockville, Matthew James of Abingdon, Md., Phillip Francis of Damascus and Timothy William Wenzlaff of Frederick; a sister; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.