Richard H. Bower, 94, of Fremont, OH passed away on April 22, 2017 surrounded by his family at Pristine Senior Living in Fremont. He was born on August 25, 1922 in Fremont to George and Ota Bower.
Dick married Arline Zilles on May 30, 1942 in Kentucky and she survives. He was the owner and operator of his family business, Bower Tiling for many years until he retired. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and Good Sam’s Club. Dick enjoyed camping, traveling, fishing and boating. He also enjoyed being a facetor (gem stone cutter).
Dick is survived by his wife of seventy-four years, Arline Bower, Fremont; children, Patricia (Norman) Rife and Jack (Sue) Bower both of Clyde and Thomas (Marion) Bower, Fremont; sister, Jo Ann Ireland, Bradenton, FL; six grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Chris Bower; granddaughter, Staci Billings; siblings, Walter, Clayton, William, Luther and Robert Bower, Robert Stewart, Mary Stokes, Margaret Ball, Pauline Limestahl and Mary Schoch.
Memorial Service: Friday, April 28, 2017; 11:00 a.m. at Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home and Crematory with Funeral Celebrant Maureen Pump officiating. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Burial: Greenlawn Memory Gardens, Clyde, OH.
Memorials: Hospice of ProMedica Memorial Hospital or Grace Lutheran Church
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Nira (Parkhurst) Beaschler
To Arline and the family: Have fond memories of the times my Dad (Tom Parkhurst) use to work with Dick and the tiling crew.
I’m a member of the Toledo Gem and Rockhound Club. My heartfelt condolences to Dick’s Family and his wife Arline. I remember first meeting him at the club’s annual show one year as he was faceting stones with Don Ault and the two of them were quite a pair and had me in stitches and helped to introduce me to this wonderful hobby. I know he will be missed but he has also impacted us all.
Paula K Bier
Dear Arline and Family.
Dick and I were very surprised to see “Dick Bower” in the newspaper. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We remember the good times we had at Kelleys Island when you sailed over the times that you were able to and we rode around the Island in the golf cart – even Cathy and David remember! Dick’s brother, John died this past year and the family all came back to Sandusky for his funeral and his wife, Nancy went back to Georgia and lives with their daughter Susan. The rest of their family all lives near them in the South. Our family is in Sandusky – David and Lainie have 2 children, Chloe is 16 and will be a senior in high school next year and Nolan is 13 and will be a freshman. Cathy’s 3 children are all grown and she has 2 grand-kids- pre-school.
Dick remembers Aunt Laura – He sends his Love to All and all of our Best Wishes Paula