DON D. BOWER, 73, of rural New Knoxville, died at 3:37 p.m. Nov. 22, 2006, at his residence.
He was born Dec. 5, 1932, in Gettysburg, Ohio, to Edward and Osa May Duddy Bower, who preceded him in death. On Jan. 11, 1958, he married Doris A. Eisert, who survives.
Mr. Bower was a farmer. He had worked at Copeland Corp., Sidney. He also worked with the Ohio Department of Transportation, Wapakoneta, drove a school bus for the New Knoxville schools and worked at Bremco Mills, New Bremen. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Botkins. He was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 691, Wapakoneta, and the Buckeye Farm Antiques Inc. His hobbies included collecting and showing Oliver and Farmall tractors, horses, fishing and hunting mushrooms.
Survivors also include seven children, Karen (Jock) Meier, Teresa (Kenneth) Creech, Edward (Tammy) Bower and Jarrod (Erin) Bower, all of New Knoxville, Deana (Jeff) Redman, of St. Marys, and Al Joseph (Jill) Bower and Dan (Jenny) Bower, both of Wapakoneta; 21 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; a brother, John (Shirley) Bower, of Ocala, Fla., two half sisters, Patsy Cook, of Yorkshire, and Goldie Alexander, of Versailles; a brother-in-law, Tom Kiser, of Bruceton Mill, W.Va.; two sisters-in-law, Wahneta Schmidt, of Piqua, and Patricia Bower, of Sidney; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Merle Bower, Harold Schmidt, Gerald Schmidt and Roy Schmidt; and five sisters, Lena Thwaits, Ruth Crim, Helen Kiser, Kathryn Norris and Lucy Thwaits.
Mass of Resurrection will begin at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 2 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Botkins. The Rev. Patrick Sloneker will officiate.
There will be no public visitation.
Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or Tri-County Visiting Nurses and Hospice.
Arrangements are by Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, Wapakoneta.