AMerican Veteran 11

William Elmer (Jr.) Trieschman

December 16, 1930 ~ December 11, 2020 (age 89)


William E. Trieschman Jr. of Catonsville Md. passed away peacefully on December 11, 2020 at the age of 89 at Encore of Turf Valley.  He was 5 days shy of his 90th birthday

Bill was born in Baltimore on December 16, 1930 to parents William E. Trieschman and Joanna (nee Saffel).  Bill lived in the Baltimore area his entire life.  He grew upon on Tremont Road in Irvington Md.  After graduating from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Bill attended Johns Hopkins University.  He then enlisted in the Army and served 3 years. Bill completed his education at University of Maryland and graduated with a Civil Engineering degree.   When returning from his tour of duty, he met the girl next door Sandra, who became his wife of 64 years.  Bill and Sandra were married on September 9,1956 and she was the love of his life.   They moved to Edmondson Heights in 1958 where many close relationships were made that still exist today.   Although everyone called him Bill, to his family and his close Edmondson Heights neighbors, he will always be Will.

Upon graduating from college, Bill worked briefly for Martin Marietta and then began a long career at the US Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District.  As the Chief of the Planning Division, Bill worked on many projects including Hart Miller Island and the aftermath of the Agnes flood of 1972 to name a couple.  Bill’s long career was highlighted by the wonderful relationships he created with his colleagues.  He retired at the age of 56 and continued to keep in touch with his Corps friends, mainly via a retirement luncheon group that he started.   

Bill loved sports.  If there was a game with a ball, he would watch it.  You could find him more often than not on the tennis court at the end of the working day.  Once retired, golf became Bill’s passion.  You would see him behind the pro shop cash register at the Forest Park Golf course where he worked and played on a regular basis.  Many good friendships were developed there. 

Bill had a strong faith.  He and Sandra were married at St. James Episcopal Church in Irvington where Bill was an active member for over 40 years.  Once St. James became a mission church,  they were welcomed as members of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ellicott City.

Bill loved his family.  He enjoyed family get-togethers especially when he could make his famous barbecued chicken and set up badminton on his pristinely manicured regulation badminton court. 

Bill’s last 5 years were difficult with an illness that affected his ability to walk and wore heavily on his body.  He struggled at times, but always found a way to make the best of his situation.  Those who knew him continued to enjoy his sense of humor, wit, and sparkle in his eye.  Bill attended and looked forward to all Corps retirement luncheons.

He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him. 

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Sandra Kay (Wolfe), sister Ada Lee Bylsma, daughters  Jill Beth Chambers (husband Steve) and Alane Kay Bakalyar (husband George),  granddaughter Lauren Kay Drottar (husband Kurt) and many nieces and nephews.  He was pre-deceased by his sister Joanna Brubaker. 

Viewing and interment private

Due to Covid 19 a memorial service will be held at a later date

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Interment is Private

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date


St. John's Episcopal Church
9120 Frederick Road, Ellicott City MD 21042

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