Melvin Mowrey Jr., a retired Sweetheart Cup operations manager, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder March 6 at Dove House in Westminster. The Reisterstown resident was 76.
Born in Baltimore and raised on Christian Street, he was the son of Melvin Mowrey Sr., who worked at the old Maryland Paper Products Co., and the former Dorothy Sher. He attended Baltimore public schools and took LaSalle Institute correspondence courses.
Mr. Mowrey joined Maryland Paper Products, later Sweetheart Cup, on South Eutaw Street in February 1955. He remained with the soda fountain paper products firm for 46 years. He assisted with its move to Baltimore County. He also traveled for the cup business and supervised building other plants.
He retired in 2001 as operations manager of the company's third shift. Family members said he held patents, including the machine that punctures a slot for a drinking straw into a plastic lid. He worked much of his career in the cup department.
He enjoyed recreational fishing and crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay and the Wye River. A member of the Sweetheart Recreation League, he golfed, bowled tenpins and played softball and basketball.
He spent time with his grandchildren, who called him "Pop Mels," and supervised extended family cookouts. One of his favorite occasions was Mother's Day, when he prepared a menu and did the cooking.
He attended Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Reisterstown.
Mr. Mowrey donated his body to the Maryland Anatomy Board. No service will be held.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Alice Faye Sanders; four sons, Victor Mowrey of Millers Island, Tim Mowrey of Baltimore, and Michael Mowrey and John Mowrey, both of Reisterstown; two daughters, Robin Mowrey of Los Angeles and Lisa Saad of Decatur, Ga.; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A son, David Mowrey, died in 2013.