Edward Stallknecht, 100, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel and Northern Virginia real estate broker, died Feb. 2 at his home in Dumfries.

The cause was congestive heart failure. His daughter, Leslie Stallknecht, confirmed the death.

Col. Stallknecht served in the Marine Corps from 1933 to 1964. During World War II, he served in air support control units in the Pacific. He retired after having served on the staff of the inspector general and in the office of the director of personnel at Marine Corps headquarters in Washington.

From 1968 to 1999, he was a commercial real estate broker with Stallknecht Realty in Dumfries.

Edward Simpson Stallknecht was born in Baltimore and grew up on a poultry farm in Baltimore County.

He wanted to join the Marine Corps at 17 but, failing to receive his father’s permission, he ran away from home and rode the rails until his father relented.

His wife of 59 years, Ruth Hale Stallknecht, died in 2002.

Survivors include a daughter, Leslie Stallknecht of Dumfries; a sister; and two grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes