Matthew J. Powlen Hagerstown executive

January 31, 1991

Services for Matthew J. Powlen, vice president for administration of the Powlen Equipment Co., will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Minnich Funeral Home in Hagerstown.

Mr. Powlen, who was 34 and lived in Hagerstown, died of leukemia Monday at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

He started as a salesman at the family-owned industrial and construction equipment company in 1983 and became a vice president three years later.

A native of Logansport, Ind., who moved to Timonium as a child with his family, Mr. Powlen was a 1974 graduate of Dulaney High School and a member of the Havenwood Presbyterian Church.

A 1978 graduate of Dickinson College with a major in geology, he worked in oil fields in Wyoming before joining the family firm.

He was a member of the International Management Council, the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and the board of the Cumberland Valley chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors. He chaired the 1986 and 1987 bull roasts sponsored by the contractors' organization.

Mr. Powlen is survived by his parents, Mary Margaret and L. J. Powlen Jr. of Hagerstown; a sister, Julie Ann Powlen of Salisbury; three brothers, Army Staff Sgt. L. James Powlen III of Fort Irwin, Calif., David C. Powlen of Owings Mills and Michael J. Powlen of Denver; and his maternal grandmother, Ruth Heckard of Logansport.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the cancer program at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

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