Rodney Clay Fowler, 50, beverage company founder

December 25, 2004

Rodney Clay Fowler, an expert cook who was general manager of a beverage wholesaler, died Thursday after surgery. He was 50.

Fowler lived for most of his life in the Glen Burnie house in which he grew up. After his father moved out, he bought the house and lived there until five years ago, when he moved to Pasadena.

Fowler graduated from Glen Burnie High School in 1972, where he wrestled and played football and lacrosse. He attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County for several years. He was the founder of Wagner Coffee, which he managed for more than 25 years. The company sells coffee and other beverages to businesses.

In 1989, he was married to Andrea Waldron. He was an ardent fan of the Colts, the Ravens, the Orioles and University of Maryland athletic teams. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially watching his sons play sports.

Mr. Fowler was a Mason and Shriner, an avid golfer and a member of Chartwell Country Club. He also enjoyed cooking and barbecuing. He had hundreds of cookbooks and was especially adept at preparing marinated steaks and ribs, said his brother, Wayne Fowler of Severna Park.

Services will be held at noon Tuesday at Barranco Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park, with burial at Glen Haven Cemetery in Glen Burnie.

In addition to his wife and brother, Mr. Fowler is survived by two sons, Andrew and Brendan Fowler of Pasadena; his father, Byron Fowler of Pasadena; and a brother, Wayne Fowler of Severna Park.

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