M. Richard "Dick" Bowers

September 16, 2009

AUG. 12, 1921-SEPT. 13, 2009 

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- M. Richard "Dick", later known as "Pappy" Bowers, formerly of 227 S. Coldbrook, passed away Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at Penn Hall. 

He was born Aug. 12, 1921, in Chambersburg, the son of the late Myron E. and Phoebe (Moore) Bowers.

In his early life, he was employed at the local draft board. He was hired in 1950 as the purchasing agent for SSVC until 1964. He was the assistant business manager at CASD, later becoming the business manager and secretary of the Board and School Authority, retiring in June of 1991. Since retirement, he was a volunteer at the Toy Mission, Meals on Wheels, Chambersburg Hospital and a starter for the Hospice Golf Tournament for 20 years.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church and a past member of the finance committee.

He served in the U.S. Army for over three years and was a WWII veteran, a life member of both the American Legion Post 46 (where he was the first WWII vet to be post commander) and the VFW Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599, Deputy commander District 22 American Legion and a member of BPOE 600.


He is survived by his wife, Rosalie D. "Bucky" Brewer Bowers, Chambersburg; two daughters, Deborah Anne Zullinger, Berryville, Va., and Nancy B. (Mrs. James) Probst, Chambersburg; two sons, David E. Bowers and Myron R. (husband of Malinda) Bowers II, both of Chambersburg; six grandchildren, Matthew, Stephanie and John Zullinger, Aaron and Christian Probst, and Caleb Bowers, all of Chambersburg; one brother, Jack W. (Bette Kramer) Bowers, Chambersburg; two cousins, Margaret Knaub, Chambersburg, and Jim Moore, Waynesboro; and three nieces.

There will be a celebration of life memorial service at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church, 225 S. Second St., with the Rev. Richard Williams officiating. A visitation will follow the service at the church. There will be a private service at Lincoln Cemetery. Military Honors provided by Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599.

He will be greatly missed by his family and remembered forever.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to the Benevolent Fund, Penn Hall Nursing Center, 1475 Philadelphia Ave., First United Methodist Church, 225 S. Second St. or Chambersburg Hospital, 112 N. Seventh St., all of Chambersburg, PA 17201.

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