R. Gary Showalter
May 6, 1947 – November 19, 2019
Gary was born on May 6, 1947, the fifth child of Francis and Frances Showalter. The Lord called him home to heaven, with no more pain, on November 19, 2019.
Gary graduated from Chamberlain Vocational High School in Washington, DC, and went on to work in the patent printing industry. He worked as cameraman, pressman, and supervisor. He always had an eye for detail and would catch mistakes as he checked for quality of work and accuracy. He married Linda, and they were together for 45 years before she was called to heaven.
Golf was Gary’s hobby and passion. He started caddying as a young teen to make extra money and loved his time at the golf course. He learned to play and did well in junior tournaments. He was even offered a golf scholarship to University of Maryland, but turned it down because he didn’t want to continue in school, in favor of working. As he aged and couldn’t play golf anymore, he loved watching baseball. He had been a fan of the Senators many years ago and had attended some games. He was so excited that the Nationals won the World Series this year.
He is survived by son Alan Showalter, daughter-in-law Barbara Showalter, grandchildren Tatiana (Mendez), Stephanie, Megan, and Justin Showalter, and great granddaughter Giana Mendez of Kissimmee, FL; and daughter Lorie Calderwood, son-in-law Jason Calderwood, and grandchildren Micah and Christa Calderwood of Dunkirk, MD. Also surviving are brother Frank (Janette) Showalter, and sisters Jeanne (Tommy) Martin and Cindi (Scott) Porter.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Central Union Mission at https://www.missiondc.org/ways-to-give/ or Hospice of the Chesapeake at https://www.hospicechesapeake.org/giving/donate-now.
Online condolences may be placed at www.dignitymemorial.com/robert-e-evans-funeral-home
- Visitation Thursday, November 21, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, November 22, 2019
- Graveside Service Friday, November 22, 2019
R. Gary Showalter
November 22, 2019
So sorry for your loss I'm praying for you all God be with you
November 21, 2019
My name is Jan Goad. I worked at the CVS in Bowie. I worked in the card department. I met Gary there. He always was buying cards for someone special in his family. He would read the cards until he found the perfect one. I met his wife Linda there too. We would talk about our families and became friends. After Linda died he was so sad. He moved but would come and visit every so often until my husband and I retired to Delaware. We lost contact but I always thought about how he was doing. May he rest in peace. I am lucky to have had him for a friend. To his family: I am so sorry for your loss.