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On July 10, 2019, John William Edelblute, Jr., passed following a long, hard fought battle with cancer. He was 78.
Born in Johnston, Pennsylvania to John W., Sr. and Clara (nee Dively), he would be moved to the Baltimore area with his family within the first year of life. In time the Edelblute family would come to Glen Burnie where John would spend the balance of his years. When he completed his high school education, John took a position at the "old" Johnson Lumber Company formerly located at the site of the Glen Burnie Carnival grounds. He later took an apprenticeship at a local boathouse and learned the trade of boatwright. In the fullness of time he would buy the boat business from his master and become a business owner himself. John enjoyed his craft and spent most of his week in the boat shop. John even worked on the road, servicing the fishing fleet in Ocean City , Maryland. At home he enlisted the help of family, who in several cases had more paint on themselves then the boat they were painting. He took it all in stride though; Whether building boats, as he did until the mid 1970's, or repairing and servicing watercraft in the later part of his career, he took great pride in his work. Six days he would work, but on Sundays he took to the water for recreation with the family; A true water-man. John also enjoyed hunting and fishing and building model boats which he gave to family and friends.
Surviving him are his dear wife of 59 years, Kay (nee Luttenberger), his daughters, Kim M. Murphy and her husband Michael, Terry C. Finney and her spouse Kevin and one son, Jeffery J. and his loving friend Donna Boyd. Richard Edelblute, Johns' loving brother, is the sole survivor of four siblings.
John will be deeply missed by his cherished grandchildren, Candice M. Bateman and her fiance' Raymond Bostic, Christina M. Lott and her fiance' Andrew Dosey and three loving great-grandchildren, Jordan and Alivia Bateman and Isaac Bostic.
Finally John will be missed by his best friend "Han" Scheibe, with whom he spent nearly every morning having coffee and fellowship.
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