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Andrew Enders Bowers Sr., 67

March 08, 2009

Andrew Enders Bowers Sr., 67



JUNE 15, 1941 - JAN. 29, 2009

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Andrew E. Bowers Sr., 67, of Stony Brook, Long Island, N.Y. and Islamorada, Fla., died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, from primary liver cancer at Stony Brook University Medical Center with his family by his side.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Solveig-Lynn R. Bowers; his daughters, Vicki L. Kerwin of Morgantown, W.Va., Lois VanGuilder of Fairmont, W.Va. and DeAnna Mauzy of Winchester, Va.; and a son, Andrew E. Bowers Jr. of Clarksburg, W.Va. Also he leaves two stepdaughters, Kirsten L. Nathanson of Arlington, Va. and Erika L. Jorgensen of Middletown, Del. He almost had 13 grandchildren, with the latest one due in mid-March.

Andy was born in Hancock, Md., on June 15, 1941, to the late Harry and Arrene Orndorff Bowers. He is also survived by his two brothers, Kenneth Paul Bowers formerly of Hancock and now Cochocton, Ohio and Luke H. Bowers of Hancock.

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Andy was a 1959 graduate of Hancock High School, attended Frostburg State College and the University of Maryland. He joined the Maryland State Police Force in 1962 and was a Trooper First Class in Bel Air, Md., and then in Hagerstown, Md., for six years.

He then reluctantly left the State Police to join State Farm Insurance in Baltimore, Md., when he then transferred to Morgantown and Fairmont. He was an insurance adjuster with them for 30 years, retiring in 1998.

He became the "Ace" of North Central WVC.B. Club being instrumental in starting this club in March of 1975. His code name was "Red Baron." He was also instrumental in initiating the Boothsville Volunteer Fire Department in Boothsville, W.Va.

He was extremely active in the Moose Lodge 9 of Fairmont, is a 32nd degree Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in the Valley of Wheeling, and the Osiris Shrine in Wheeling, W.Va.

A celebration of life was held Jan. 31, 2009, at the Bryant Funeral Home in Setauket, N.Y. Andy chose cremation with his cremains remaining with the family.

Because of his continued love for the Maryland State Police, memorial donations may be made to: Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS-MD) - an organization that supports the families of police officers killed in the line of duty. Mail donations to: Ms. Fran Campbell, Services Bureau, Maryland State Police, Pikesville, MD 21208. Makes checks to: COPS-Maryland.

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