Date of birth: 18 May 1913 Berwick, Pennsylvania
Date of death: 8 Jan 1981 Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana
Source: Edinburgh Tri-County Enterprise, Edinburg, Johnson County, Indiana, January 14, 1981
Leon Bower Leon Bower, 68, 502 N. Grant, died Thursday morning at Johnson County Memorial Hospital where he was taken by the Edinburgh rescue unit after he became ill while driving north on Highway 31 and his car crashed into the Ermal Blackwell home a mile north of Edinburgh. Bower was driving north on Highway 31 when he became ill and turned his car in the median. Heading south, the car left the road and crossed a plowed field crashing into the north side of the Blackwell home at the rear. Mr. and Mrs. Blackwell were at home at the time of the accident but were not injured. Mr. Bower was a retired employee of Como Plastics, Inc., in Columbus. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Eldon Ernst at 1:00 p.m. Monday at Eskew Funeral Home. A Masonic memorial service was conducted at the funeral home Sunday evening. Burial was a Rest Haven Cemetery in Edinburgh. Serving as pallbearers were Hoyt Parmer, Howard Webster, Lewis Huntsman, Max Breeding, Claude Trent and Lloyd Graham. Bower was born at Berwick, Pa., May 18, 1913, the son of Warren P. and Bertha Bower. He married Delores Graham in January 1951 and she survives. He was a deacon and member of Nineveh Christian Church and member of Nineveh Masonic Lodge. He had served with the 38th Division of the Pennsylvania National Guard at Indiantown, Pa. Other survivors include two children, Scott Bower and Carol Butz, both of Berwick; two step- children, Sharon Mason of Whiteland and Garry Hamilton of Franklin; three brothers, Walter, Dewight, and Warren Bower, Jr., all of Berwick; a sister, Harriet Davis of Berwick, 16 grand- children and one great-grandchild.
Submitted by Mark E. Wirey