- Local Guide
George Colburn Bowers, 95, died Dec. 16, 2011, while visiting family in Gladwin, Michigan.
He was born March 2, 1916, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late William Arthur and Blanch (Winslow) Bowers Sr.
Mr. Bowers was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater with the 25th infantry division.
He was a staff sergeant serving in Hawaii, Guadalcanal, Auckland, New Zealand, New Caledonia and Luzon, Philippines. He was awarded the Asiatic Theater Ribbon with three Bronze stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star and a good conduct ribbon. He was honorably discharged in July 1945.
Mr. Bowers was a baron in the Baronial Order of the Magna Charta.
After the war, he returned to Punxsutawney and began working for McCroyâ€™s 5 and 10 and went on to have a career in retail sales as a manager in Texas and Baltimore, Md.
Upon retirement, he resided in Punxsutawney with sisters Sarah and Edith (Fluffy) Bowers.
Mr. Bowers was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He enjoyed gardening, taking long walks, drafting and was an avid reader. He also enjoyed classical music and playing piano. He loved dogs; his favorite was his dachshund, Bebe.
Surviving relatives include Ellen Bowers Navidonski, Stacy Stahl Couch and husband Brett, and son Shane Plowman; Erik Stahl and wife Andrea, and children Breann and Lars, all of Michigan.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and William Arthur Jr.; and two sisters, Sarah and Edith Bowers of Punxsutawney.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Circle Hill Cemetery.
A private funeral service for family only will be held Monday, April 2, 2012.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Deeley Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.