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William E. Baldwin, 88, died July 19, 2017 at his daughter's home in Maryland. Bill was born in Kansas City, MO April 18, 1929 to Ruth Steenbock Baldwin and Earl Raymond Baldwin. In 2006, he was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Ramona G. Loudermilk.
At age 19, Bill joined the U.S. Navy as a Seaman Recruit, rising through the enlisted and officer ranks to retire as a Commander after 30 years of active service as a meteorologist. He served with the Amphibious Forces during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed all over the U.S. and the world, retiring in Meridian, MS in 1978.
For a few years, Bill worked at Lowe's and ran his own handyman business before volunteering almost full time with Habitat for Humanity beginning in 1990. For 16 years, he assessed sites, built homes, served as Vice President and President, and took photos for Habitat. He was a Mason, a Shriner, and an active member of Central UMC. He was active in the Retired Officers' Association and The Mac Users Group. In 2007, Bill moved to MD to be close to, and eventually live with, his daughter and her family. He attended First Saints Community Church, serving as an usher.
Mr. Baldwin is survived by his daughter, Sheila Galanie and her husband James Galanie of California, MD, and their two children, Stephanie Galanie and her husband Ryan Salvador of Palo Alto, CA, and David Galanie of Arlington, VA.
Services were held at First Saints Community Church, Leonardtown, MD on Saturday, July 22, 2017.
Published on August 13, 2017
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