Sunday Obituaries - Lewis John Bowler
This is a bit of an unusual obituary for me to post, but it is no less important. I've recently been systematically scanning my slides from the early 1950 through mid-1970s. One slide I came across from April 1964, brought back memories that have stayed with me clearly for these nearly 50 years.
Lewis Bowler and his family were our neighbors in St. George. In the photo, my 3+ year old daughter, Annette, is standing (in the middle) with the Bowlers, on Easter, as I recall. Annette and their daughter, Mary Alice, participated in a lot of activities together in the months we lived near each other - a couple of houses apart. I was in the Air Force, and we moved within a year or so, but the Bowlers were wonderful friends, while we were neighbors. Fond memories.
We found this Obituary that brought us up to date on the family, through the years!
ST. GEORGE - Lewis John Bowler, 76, passed away on January 23, 2007 at Red Cliffs Regional in St. George, Utah. He was born on September 8, 1930 in St. George, Utah to Charles Ernest and Mary Riding Bowler.
After graduating from Dixie High School, Lewis served with the US Army during the Korean War. He married Dorcus Nowers on September 23, 1955 in Beaver, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the St. George Temple on December 19, 1962.
Lewis was the service manager for the St. George Mountain Bell office and retired after 35 years of service. He then opened Bowler's CCom, a communication repair and sales business for 20 years, which he operated until January of 2005. He was past president of the St. George Lions Club and district governor of the Southern Region of the Lions Club. He served on the Southern Utah AA Council and the Five County Government Board. Lewis had many church callings. He was the Bishop of the St. George 8th Ward and transient Bishop of the Southwest Utah Region. He also served on the St. George Stake High Council and was a High Priest Group Leader.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, daughters; Lu Ann (Michael) Pickett of Las Vegas, NV, Mary Alice (Jerald) Hunt of Enterprise, UT, Nancy Ellen (Kevin) Holyoak of St. George, UT, son; Scott Lewis (Kristen) Bowler of St. George, UT, 14 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He is preceded in death by both parents, sisters; Jean Bowler Nelson and Maxine Bowler Lloyd.
The family would like to thank the staff of Dixie Dialysis Center and the Red Cliffs Rehabilitation Center for their devotion and support of our husband and father. A special thanks to Dr. Clark Staheli for his patience and extension of care and support.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. at the River Ridge Ward Chapel, 2434 E. Riverside Dr., St. George, Utah. 1st visitation will be on Friday, January 26, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 W. St. George Blvd., and 2nd visitation will be 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. prior to services at the chapel. Interment will be in the St. George City Cemetery under the direction of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221. Condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.metcalfmortuary.com
Families are Forever! ... and neighbors can be pretty neat, as well! ;-)