Russell G. McCarty, 91, a construction superintendent who worked in the Washington area for more than four decades, died Dec. 8 at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

He had complications from a stroke, said his daughter, Elizabeth A. Heard.

Mr. McCarty worked for construction firms that included Magazine Brothers and Harkins Builders. He began his career as a water boy and retired in the early 1990s as a superintendent.

Russell Glen McCarty was a Washington native and a graduate of McKinley Technical High School. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and received decorations that included the Distinguished Flying Cross, his family said.

A former Silver Spring resident, he lived in Mount Airy at the time of his death. He was a Mason, belonged to the Hope Valley senior golf league in Mount Airy and volunteered with the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company’s carnival.

His wife of 66 years, Anne Carter McCarty, died in 2010. Survivors include four children, Russell P. McCarty, Michael L. McCarty and Elizabeth A. Heard, all of Mount Airy, and Thomas G. McCarty of Winfield, Md.; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

— Emily Langer