Richard Bowersock, 92, died at 7 a.m. March 26, 2013, at Roselawn Manor Nursing Home, Spencerville.
He was born May 2, 1920, in Salem Township, Auglaize County, to Grover and Viola McMillen Bowersock, who preceded him in death. On July 1, 1940, he married Dorotha Irene Smith, who died Dec. 6, 2005.
Mr. Bowersock attended Spencerville High School. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific. He was a member of Hartford Christian Church, Spencerville. He was a charter and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6772. He was a farmer and carpenter, working several years for Jack Whitling, Ned Wurster and his brother, Don Bowersock. He loved being outdoors gardening, hunting and fishing.
Survivors include three daughters, Konita G. “Connie” (Albert) Klaus, Barbara I. (Roger) Crites and Laurie E. (John S.) Ball, all of Spencerville; seven grandchildren, Debra L. Klaus, of Spencerville, Richard “Rick” (Nancy) Klaus, of Lima, Stacy L. (Denise) Oakman, of Spencerville, Jason S. (Rene) Oakman, of Bellefonte, Pa., John A. (Tonya) Ball, of Spencerville, Mark S. Ball, of Oakwood, and Jamie L. (Josh) Daily, of Spencerville; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Jane Conrad, of Denver, N.C., and Eunice Profit, of Rockford; and a sister-in-law, Mary Bowersock, of Spencerville.
He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Lanny Oakman; a granddaughter, Angelique R. Ball; five brothers, Don, Harold and Max Bowersock and Lowell and Robert Bowersock, who died in World War II and for whom VFW Post 6772 was named; and five sisters, Gladys Holloway, Ruth Baker and Ester, Bernice and Dorothy Bowersock.
Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville. Pastor Robert King will officiate. Burial will be in Spencerville Cemetery, with military rites by the Spencerville Veterans.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hartford Christian Church or Spencerville Veterans Park.