John E. Uhrlaub

August 24, 1924 ~ January 10, 2021 (age 96)


John E. Uhrlaub gently passed away early Sunday, January 10, 2021.  He was born in Florence, Colorado on August 13, 1924, the son of Julius G. Uhrlaub and Stella Stubbs Uhrlaub.  He was predeceased by his parents and four siblings, Eleanor Uhrlaub Miller, Marjorie Uhrlaub Hofmeister, Julius G. Uhrlaub, Jr., and Jerry W. Uhrlaub. 

John graduated from Florence High School in 1941. He joined the U.S. Navy to serve his country in June 1943.  After his military service, he returned to Colorado where he graduated from Western Colorado University in 1950 with a B.A. in History/Political Science.  He received a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Public Administration in 1951.  After graduation he came to Washington, D.C. and began a 35 year career in public service.  He retired as a Personnel Manager from the U.S. Department of Energy in 1981.

The wonderful memories of their 43 years together will be forever cherished by his wife, Mariana Uhrlaub, of Laytonsville, MD.  He was adored and admired by his two daughters, Jenifer Kelly (Pat) of Atlantis, FL and Kristen Head of Brookeville, MD as well as his five grandchildren, Caleb, Katherine, Kariana, Elijah, and Leanna Head of Brookeville, MD.  He is also survived by brother-in-law Edward Thomas (Sharon) of Hagerstown, MD as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  He will be greatly missed by our dogs, Rudy and Pippa and our cats, Striper, Zeke and Zoe.

John was a faithful member of Covenant United Methodist Church in Montgomery Village.  He was very proud of his volunteer work as a HAM Radio Operator.  For many years he was the editor of both the local and state newsletter for the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He was also a member of the Laytonsville Garden Club.  John loved the Laytonsville community and was a dedicated member of the Laytonsville Lions Club.  He was elected King Lion for two terms - 1998-2000.  He also served as Director of the Laytonsville Lions Club Foundation.  Whether delivering food baskets for Thanksgiving, helping stage the annual town parade, or supporting club activities at the Montgomery County Fair, John was always ready "to serve."  He was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship, the Laytonsville Lion of the Years Award, and was inducted into the District 22-C Honor Roll. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to Covenant United Methodist Church (20301 Pleasant Ridge Drive, Montgomery Village, Maryland 20886) or the Laytonsville Lions Club Foundation (PO Box 5111, Laytonsville, Maryland 20882).

A Celebration of John's Life will be held in the Spring 2021. 

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