John "Jay" Bowers, 96, resident of Bethany Pointe Health Campus, passed away Sunday evening, June 4, 2017.
He was born March 20, 1921, in Ovid, the son of Purley and Maggie Ritter Bowers Judd. He was a graduate of Markleville High School and retired after 33 years as a tool maker and foreman for General Motors in Anderson.
He had been a member of several Christian communities including and the Daleville Christian Church and Chesterfield Christian Church where he served as an elder in each.
He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran serving in World War II in the Pacific Theatre.
He wrote an autobiography entitled "Going to Heaven" which was published in 2006.
Survivors are his children, Dr. Judith E. Bowers (Susan Paterson) of Bluffton and Rex A. Bowers (Peggy) of Anderson; grandchildren, Mandy and Melinda Bowers, Melinda Kay Neal (Brent)and Mandy Hall (Ryan); great-grandchildren, Joshua and Sarah Neal and Weston Hall; stepson, Dr. Kenton Main (Mary) of Longmont, Colo.; stepgrandchildren, Bradley, Kimberly and Ian Paterson, Chad Main (Ryan) and Aaron Main (Amy); two nephews, Greg Ricker and John Steven Ricker; and seven stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and three wives, Nettie "Betty" Lucille Bowers, Mary Dickey Bowers, and Marguerite Main Bowers.
A Celebration of his life will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Ballard and Sons Funeral Home, 8212 S. Walnut St., Daleville, with Pastor Ned Clark officiating. Burial will follow in Park View Cemetery, Alexandria.
Friends may call on Friday at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour before the services on Saturday.
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Memorials may be made to: www.alz.org.
Published on  June 6, 2017