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Walter Kirk Sterling, 85, of Leonardtown died Jan. 30, 2013, in Cheverly.

Born May 4, 1927, in Leonardtown, he was the son of the late Lynwood Joseph and Ruth Camalier Sterling. He was one of 17 children.

He is survived by his wife, Regina A. “Lay” Sterling, whom he married on May 28, 1949, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Morganza. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, L. Edward Sterling, John B. Sterling, William O.E. Sterling, Francis C. Sterling, Ruth E. King, Nelson Sterling, James H. Sterling, Eleanor J. Sharpe, Harris B. Sterling, Ernest A. Sterling, Linwood J. Sterling, Lucille R. Cheseldine, Mary Catherine Bell, Hugh Dalton Sterling, Mary Theresa Sterling and an infant brother.

He was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County and a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy, Class of 1945.

He was employed by NATC for 30 years, retiring on May 7, 1982. He was secretary for the St. Mary’s County Electrical Board, past chief and lifetime member (47 years) of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the King Lion Lion’s Club, captain in the National Guard and a member on the committee for the Veterans Memorial in Leonardtown.

The family will receive friends Monday, Feb. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, with prayers to be recited at 7 p.m., followed by fire department and Lions Club prayers at 7:15 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. at the church, with the Rev. John Dakes officiating. Interment will follow at Charles Memorial Gardens in Leonardtown. Pallbearers will be Gary Sterling Bell, Joseph Andrew Bell, Thomas W. Bell III, Mark J. Bell, Shawn M. Hull and Bernard Beavins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 50, Leonardtown, MD 20650; and/or Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 299, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Arrangements are being handled by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home in Leonardtown.