Fred McHone, who worked for 27 years as a printer at The Washington Post, died Nov. 14 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He was 86.

The cause was heart disease, said his daughter, Karen Epley.

Mr. McHone settled in the Washington area in 1962, when he joined The Post. Among his duties in the newspaper’s printing department, he laid out the comics, stock tables, classified advertising and television guide. He retired in 1989.

Fred Eugene McHone was born in Bluefield, W.Va., where he attended vocational school and apprenticed as a printer.

After serving in the Army in Alaska in the early 1950s, he returned to Bluefield, where he worked as printer for the Daily Telegraph until 1962.

Mr. McHone was a longtime resident of Springfield, Va. He was a member of Springfield Christian Church and Sharon Lodge 327 of the Masons.

He was skilled at woodworking and other crafts, and he enjoyed taking international cruises with his wife.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Dorothy Thomas McHone, and a daughter, Karen Epley, both of Springfield; a brother; a sister; and two grandchildren.

An infant daughter, Gena McHone, died in 1959.

— Matt Schudel