GLEN BURNIE, Md. - Jerome "Jerry" Michael Dendler, 66, of Glen Burnie, Md., died July 23, 2014, at his home.
Born July 8, 1948, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Dendler was the beloved son of Elmer "Butch" and Clara (Kohn) Dendler. The Dendlers owned a corner store in their home that was the favorite hangout spot for the neighborhood.
Mr. Dendler joined the Army in April 1970 and served twenty years, achieving the rank of Sergeant First Class. He completed tours in West Berlin, West Germany, Augsburg, Germany, Fort Hood, Texas, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, Fort Devins, Massachusetts, and NTTC Correy Station, Pensacola, Florida.
Upon retiring from the Army in April 1990, Mr. Dendler was employed by the U.S. Treasury Department, retiring in February 2009.
Mr. Dendler loved dogs, penguins and cows, cooking and baking, feeding and observing birds, butterflies, squirrels, and chipmunks, soaking in his hot tub or floating in a pool in his inner tube, taking cruises all over the world; reading, politics, World War I and II history, listening to Jimmy Buffett and, above all, his bevy of loyal friends.
Mr. Dendler married Janice (nee Ziegler) Dendler in August 1999, after meeting as U.S. Army soldiers in West Berlin, West Germany, in November 1978. Although he had no children, Mr. Dendler (AKA Uncle Animal) viewed many of his friends' children as if they were his own.
Mr. Dendler was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, two nieces and two nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Singleton Funeral and Cremation Services, P.A., 1 Second Ave., Southwest, Glen Burnie, Md.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday July 30, at the funeral home.
Interment with full military honors will be held later in his wife's hometown of Lewistown.
For information and online condolences, please visit www.singletonfuneralhome.com.