BOWER, Leon C.

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 
      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

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