John H. Bloecher, Jr. passed away on December 30, 2019, at the age of 92. John was born October 10, 1927, to John, Sr. and Ottillie Bloecher in Baltimore, MD and graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. He served in the US Army Air Corps immediately following World War II, and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands. After leaving the Army, John studied at the Maryland Institute of Art, where he met his future wife Betty Kilroy, whom he married in 1954. John worked as a commercial artist before co-founding Baltimore Sound Engineering, which he led for over 30 years.
John was an avid stamp collector and was active in several stamp collecting organizations, notably the Baltimore Philatelic Society and the Germany Philatelic Society (GPS). John’s interest in the postal history of the picturesque city of Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland) led him to begin publishing a newsletter for the Danzig Study Group of the GPS. From 1975, editing the Danzig Report was a labor of love for John, an enjoyable task he carried on with the help of Betty and fellow collectors for the remainder of his life.
John was very active in his church, Bethany United Church of Christ, as well as a number of business and civic organizations in his community of Woodlawn, MD. He is survived by his wife Betty, his son Eric (wife Julie) Bloecher, his daughter Jean Cooper, her children Gillian, Daniel and Alexander, and his sister Betty Greeley and her children Jill, Dawn and Glenn.
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