Sunday, July 13, 2008
after 4:00 PM
Ohde Funeral Home, Manning
Monday, July 14, 2008, 10:30 AM
Zion Lutheran Church
Reverend Patrick Sparling, Officiating
â€śThe Old Rugged Crossâ€?
â€śNearer My God To Theeâ€?
â€śHow Great Thou Artâ€?
Fern Jensen, Accompanist
Bary Kienast Tim Kienast
Dennis Dau Rodney Hinners
Honorary Casket Bearers
Ron Shilling Don Ringgenberg
Clarence Raymond â€śPegâ€?, son of Bert and Matilda (Dockweiler) Bowers, was born April 26, 1912, at home on the farm near Scotland, South Dakota. He attended rural school and public school in town before starting to work full time on the family farm. He also worked for neighboring farmers. In 1932 he moved to Manning, Iowa, where his brother Eugene had settled after he heard about the area from his aunt Emma Stammer. He worked for various area farmers including the Struveâ€™s, Erpâ€™s, Steenâ€™s and Strosahlâ€™s.
On June 16, 1937, Peg was united in marriage with Mercedes Strosahl at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. As an adult, he was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran. In early 1938 the couple moved to the Hockett Farm and started farming for themselves. Peg and Mercedes were the parents of two children. They purchased the farm in 1954 and built a new house in 1962. Peg retired from farming in 1977. However, they continued to live in their home on the farm and rented out the land.
Peg was a member of Zion Lutheran Church where he served as trustee and elder. He was a rural school board director and chairman of the board of the Aspinwall Coop. Peg loved working around the farm, mowing and gardening. He also enjoyed fishing and playing cards in his spare time.
When Pegâ€™s health began to fail, he was able to remain at home with the loving care of his wife and daughter. He died there on Friday, July 11, 2008, at the age of 96 years, 2 months and 15 days.
Preceding Peg in death are his parents; son Richard Bowers in 1997; four brothers: Earl, Eugene, Richard and wife Ony and Don Bowers; sister Merna and husband Delfs Gehrke; brothers-in-law Clausie Strosahl and John Strosahl; sister-in-law Margot and husband Walter Carson.
He is survived by his wife Mercedes Bowers of Manning; daughter Kay Bowers of Omaha, NE; granddaughters Julie Kay Bowers and fiance Matt Stock of Winter Park, CO, and Niki and husband Mike Oâ€™Brien of Loveland, CO; daughter-in-law Jan Bowers of Loveland, CO; step-grandsons Keith and Kevin Hildreth of Colorado; brother George Bowers and wife Clara of Sparks, NV; five sisters-in-law: Dorothy and husband Ken Knudsen; Gertrude Bowers; Joyce Strosahl; Janiece Bowers and Ruth Bowers; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.