Michael S. BaerLumber mill ownerMichael Shellman Baer, a...


January 23, 1993

Michael S. Baer

Lumber mill owner

Michael Shellman Baer, a Baltimore native and the retired owner of a lumber mill in Bogalusa, La., died Wednesday of cancer at a hospital in Bogalusa.

Mr. Baer, who was 77, retired 12 years ago as owner of the Halsey Hardwood Lumber Co., with which he had become associated in the late 1930s when he was sent to manage it at a time when it was part of a family lumber business in Baltimore.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Baer was a graduate of the Boys' Latin School.

Services were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the First Presbyterian Church in Bogalusa.

Mr. Baer is survived by his wife, the former Gwendolyn Willis; a son, Michael S. Baer Jr.; two daughters, Katherine P. Baer and Gwendolyn B. Taylor; and 11 grandchildren. All are of Bogalusa.

Lynn E. Sipe Sr.

Systems analyst

Lynn E. Sipe Sr., a retired computer systems analyst at Fort Meade, died Tuesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center of injuries received in a fall from a ladder at his Cape Arthur home.

He was 62 and had retired in 1986 after about 36 years as a civilian employee of the Army.

Born in Annapolis, he was a 1948 graduate of Annapolis High School.

He was a scoutmaster of a Boy Scout Troop that met at Folger McKinsey Elementary School in Severna Park. For his work with Scouts, he was made a member of the Order of the Arrow and received Scouting's Silver Beaver Award.

Services were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at the church at 731 Benfield Road.

Mr. Sipe is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Mary Lang; two sons, Lynn Edward Sipe Jr. and Bruce Allen Sipe Sr., both of Severna Park; a daughter, Dawn Sipe Kinder of Royston, Ga.; a brother, Harold F. Sipe Jr. of Florida; and seven grandchildren.

James F. McGee

Former restaurateur

James F. McGee, a former restaurant owner and retired state employee who became a prisoner of war after the surrender of Corregidor in World War II, died Wednesday at St. Agnes Hospital of complications of circulatory disease.

He was was 74 and lived in Westminster.

He retired about 15 years ago from the State Highway Administration, where he worked in the right of way division, which handles land purchases for road building. He worked for the SHA for 35 years.

Earlier, he owned the Govans Grill, a restaurant and bar at York Road and Homeland Avenue, and worked in his father's real estate business.

Born in Bartlesville, Okla., but reared in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Calvert Hall College and Loyola College.

He enlisted in the Army in 1941 and was stationed in the Philippines at the time of the Japanese attack. He was taken prisoner in the surrender of Corregidor and spent the next 3 1/2 years in a prison camp. His decorations included the Purple Heart.

A member of the Disabled American Veterans, he also belonged to the Mollesville Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Carroll Post of the American Legion, the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor and the Westminster Lodge of the Elks.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. John's Roman Catholic Church in Westminster.

His first wife, the former Betty Elizabeth McGee, died in 1978.

He is survived by his wife, the former Bonnie Traver Foley; two daughters, Brigid Willinger of Chase, and Mary Claire Wheelock of Timonium; five sons, Michael McGee of Pasadena, James McGee II of Chase, Patrick McGee of Cockeysville, Peter McGee of Middle River and Dennis McGee of Chesapeake, Va.; a stepson, Frederick Foley of Severna Park; a stepdaughter, Doree Bryant of Boca Raton, Fla.; a sister, Betty Pierce of Sedona, Ariz.; and 12 grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Resurrection Farm, Inc., Post Office Box 1630, Westminster, Md. 21158.

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