Michael Lee Shawyer, 22, contracting firm worker

November 22, 2003

Michael Lee Shawyer, a carpenter for a general contracting firm and an avid fisherman and bowler, drowned with two other workers in a flash flood Wednesday while repairing a culvert under Interstate 70 in Woodlawn. The Cavetown, Washington County, resident was 22.

Mr. Shawyer was born in Hagerstown and raised in Boonsboro, where he attended high school. Since 1999, he had worked for Concrete General Inc. of Gaithersburg.

He was an avid trout fisherman and was a regular Saturday night bowler.

"He also loved spending time with his two little girls," said his mother, Ruth A. Shawyer of Cavetown.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Minnick's Funeral Home in Hagerstown.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Shawyer is survived by his wife of four years, the former Karen Mann; two daughters, Mary Ann, 5, and Heather Renee, 2; his father, Garie E. Shawyer Sr. of Cavetown; a brother, Garie E. Shawyer Jr. of Hagerstown; paternal grandmother, Florence J. Shawyer of Hagerstown; and maternal grandparents, Richard J. and Mary V. Gossard of Maugansville.

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