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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Age: 70
Year of Death: 2019

Michael R. “Pappy” Powers

Mr. Michael R. Powers, 70, of Libertytown, passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in the line of duty while operating at an emergency incident scene.

He was the husband of Linda R. Powers, his wife of 47 years.

Born February 2, 1949 in Frederick, Maryland, he was the son of the late Lertie Robert Powers and Betty Jane Wineholt and stepfather Ernest Wineholt.

Mike served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, and after his active duty he entered the Army Reserve with the 558th Signal Battalion, serving on their color guard.

Mike was a lifetime volunteer firefighter for over 50 years. He started his volunteer fire career at the Brunswick Volunteer Fire Company in the 1960s, then transferred to Carroll Manor Volunteer Fire Company in 1972. Mike moved to Libertytown in 1980 and began his career at the Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department, where he was still active. Mike was also a life member and on the board of directors at the Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department.

Mike was employed for 47 years with Montgomery County Board of Education and had plans to retire this year.

Above all else, Mike loved being with his family, especially spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed working outside, attending his grandchildren’s sporting events, being a G-Pap to Gavin the last three months, bowling at the Pomona Grange Friday Night League, and hanging out with his coffee club friends at the firehouse.

In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by his two daughters, Shelly Beaton and husband, Brendan, of Frederick, and Tammy Ambrose and husband, Mike “Rocky,” of Jefferson; a granddaughter, Megan “Snookums” Ford; three grandsons, Colby “Sport” and Blake “Champ” Ambrose and Timmy “Timbo” Beaton; a great-grandson, Gavin Redden; a sister, Patti Haller, and husband, James; his brother-in-law, Jim Roderuck, and wife, Deanna. He will also be remembered by his numerous nieces, nephews, other extended family members, numerous friends, and his special dog, Willow Mae.

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  1. Daddy you are missed more then ever. There is not a day that goes by that you are not on my mind. Love and miss you.

    – Tammy Ambrose
  2. Such a positive role model, a loving father, Pappy, recently G-Pap, friend to anyone he met! I knew when you said you were done a few years ago that the old adage is so very true…you can take the boy out of the firehouse but you can’t take the firehouse out of the boy. Dedicated doesn’t seem quite strong enough to exemplify Mike’s love of the fire service, especially driving. He went out truly doing what he loved and I’m positive, given another chance, he would undoubtedly do it all over again. It’s never goodbye, as we say in the business, see you on the big one!

    – Brendan Beaton
  3. Pappy. I miss you so much and I wish you were still here to see what I’ve accomplished, but I know you watching over me and helping me get where I want to go. I just wish I could go on one call with you but I know you’ll always be riding with me wherever I go. I love you Pappy

    – Blake Ambrose