Marvin Lewis Bower Sr., 87

September 23, 2009

MARCH 24, 1922-SEPT. 22, 2009

Marvin Lewis Bower Sr., 87, of Amber Drive in Hagerstown, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at Washington County Hospital.

Born March 24, 1922, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Jacob Lewis and Caroline Agnes Kuhn Bower.

He graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1940.

He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II (March 31, 1942-Dec. 13, 1945). He reached the rank of sergeant. He served as a Link Trainer instructor and taught instrument navigation at Wendover Field, Utah.

Mr. Bower's early employment was at Fairchild Aviation. Later, he held several jobs, mostly in sales. He retired from Bonded Applicators of Maryland in 1982.


He was a member of Life House Bethel (formerly Bethel Assembly of God). He volunteered on mission trips to Chile and Thailand. He served the Lord by sharing the gospel with anyone he could.

He was a member of American Legion Post 42. He liked to camp, fish and hunt. He was a member of local archery clubs. He was a member of the Halfway Lions Club. He bowled in both senior leagues at Long Meadow and Southside Bowls.

He is survived by his wife, Adelaide "Toe" Jeannette Webber Bower, whom he married Sept. 10, 1944. They recently reached their 65th wedding anniversary. Also surviving are three sons, Chris MacLee Bower and wife, Jennifer, of Nashua, N.H., Dean Kent Bower and wife, Erna, of Waynesboro, Pa., and Marvin Lewis Bower Jr. and wife, Bonnie, of Boonsboro, Md.; a daughter, Trina Annette Burtner and husband, Henry, of Hagerstown, Md.; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, John Bower; and one sister, Faye Louise Webber.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., with Pastor Ken Harris officiating. Burial will be in Funkstown Cemetery. Military honors at graveside will be presented by the Marine Corps League of Hagerstown and Washington County AMVETS 10.

The family will receive friends Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Hagerstown Regional Office, 5 Public Square, Suite 307, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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