Joseph Edward Urban Jr., 67, of Winfield, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at his home. Born April 20, 1942, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Joseph E. Sr. and Anna Irma Diven Urban. He was the husband of Nancy A. Zoellner Urban, his wife of 45 years, who he married June 6, 1964. He retired as an electrical engineer from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and had been an instructor at Carroll Community College for many years. He owned and operated, along with his family, Visionary Contractors for several years. He was an undergraduate of Virginia Tech and received his master's degree from Johns Hopkins University in Electrical Engineering. He was a longtime member of Messiah Lutheran Church, where he taught senior confirmation class. He was a former Scout Master of Troop No. 733. He enjoyed spending time with his family and building. He was active in the Maryland Grape Growers Association. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are son and daughter-in-law Joseph L. Urban and Marianne Hertig-Urban, of Mount Pleasant; daughters and sons-in-law Christine and Douglas O'Connor, of Annapolis, and Nancy-Jo and David Manney, of Springfield, Va.; a brother-in-law, Larry Denholm, of Springfield; grandchildren Erin, Rory and Trajan; and friend, Marcello Forti of Rome, Italy, an exchange student that had lived with his family. He was predeceased by his sister, Fern Mary Denholm. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Messiah Lutheran Church, 5600 Old Washington Road, Berrett, with his pastor, the Rev. Vicki Hamel, officiating. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Messiah Lutheran Church, Rose Felter Scholarship Fund, 5600 Old Washington Road, Sykesville, MD 21784; or to the Sydney Kimmel Cancer Research Foundation, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, One Charles Center, 100 N. Charles St., Suite 234, Baltimore, MD 21201. Online condolences may be made at www.haightfuneralhome.com. Sign this guest book online at www.carrollcountytimes.com.
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Published in Carroll County Times on Oct. 21, 2009