Bower, Bruce Eugene (November 22, 1912 - March 7, 1983)

Bruce Bower rites held March 10

Douglas Budget - March 17, 1983

Bruce Eugene Bower, age 70, a life long resident of Converse County, died Monday, March 7, 1983 at the Converse County Memorial Hospital in Douglas.

He was born to Clyde and Hazel Tracy Bower on Nov. 22, 1912, seven miles west of Douglas on the family ranch in the LaPrele Community. In the 1930s Bruce and his parents moved to Douglas where they each built a home, and where Bruce lived until his death. He attended grade school in the LaPrele Community, Douglas High School, and the University of Wyoming. As a youth he was active in the earliest organization of 4-H Club work, and he continued this work as a young adult. As a result, he was awarded a 4-H trip to Chicago as a guest of McCormick-Deering Company, and their scholarship to the University of Wyoming.

Through the years, Bruce and his father ran various family businesses together, including construction work and rental properties. He also worked in the early-day oil fields and on the construction of the Dave Johnston Power Plant at Glenrock. He was married to Dessie Weller of Douglas on July 28, 1938 in Douglas. To this union there were seven children born. Bruce will be remembered as a man who, throughout his life, had a wonderful sense of humor, and who was a willing helper and a true friend to all. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Douglas and a charter member of the First Douglas Lions Club.

He is survived by four sons; Clyde Bower, Thomas Bower, and Richard Bower all of Casper and Robert Bower of Wright; three daughters; Mrs. Cecil (Judy) Van Patten of Hulett, Mrs. Tom (Nancy) Taylor of Gillette, and Donna Sharpes of Lander; one step-daughter, Mrs. Ernest (Shirley) Troutman of Worden, Mont.; two sisters; Mrs. Harold (Maurine) Hardesty of Douglas and Mrs. Warren (Erma) Edwards of Everett, Wa.; 21 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; and four nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Feb. 16, 1970; and one granddaughter.

Funeral services were held Thursday, March 10, 1983 at 2:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Douglas with the Rev. Harry B. Randall, III officiating. Interment was in the Douglas Park Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Dave Lindmier, Virgil Lore, Vernon Hardesty, Roy Hinton, Walter York, and Jim Burrell.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Earl Silver, Larry Hall, Harold Hardesty, and Fred Fox.

A memorial has been established to the Arthritis Foundation.

The Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas was in charge of the arrangements.


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