Charles I. Bower Sr., 77, residing in Sandusky, passed away early Wednesday morning, April 3, 2013, in Firelands Regional Medical Center following a lengthy illness.
Charles was born March 4, 1936, in Fremont, son of the late Ezra Bower (1981) and Mabel (Beard) Freeman (1985).
Charles was a veteran of the U.S. Navy who proudly served his country in 1953. He was employed by Thom McAn Shoes for several years. Later he was employed as a set-up man and groundskeeper at General Motors for 20 years, retiring in 1993.
Charles was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Sandusky, where he served as an usher for many years, and the UAW. In his spare time he enjoyed making maple syrup and candles. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed feeding the birds and mowing the lawn. He also loved John Deere equipment.
Charles is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rose Ann (Weyer), whom he married Jan. 15, 1955. Their ceremony marked the first English wedding Mass in Sandusky held at Sts. Peter and Paul Church. He is also survived by his three sons, Charles I. (Therese) Bower Jr., of Sandusky, Michael (Lori) Bower, of Huron, and Joseph Bower, of Sandusky; four daughters, Rose Marie (Carl) Pletcher, of Sandusky, Carol (Tim) Baumbusch, of Castalia, Jeanette Mason, of Sandusky, and Emma (Scott) Pfanner, of Sandusky; 16 grandchildren, Brian (Kami) Dyer, Dana, Paul and Sean Bower, Nick (Heather) Pletcher, Jenny (Bobby) Greene, Beth and Kevin Bower, Kara (James) Howard, Josh, Barbie, Chris and Katie Mason, Ian Bower, and Amanda and Cory Pfanner; nine great-grandchildren; stepbrother, Gary Schall; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Charles was preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara Bower (1982); and his parents.
Friends may call 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, where funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 6,, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 510 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. The Rev. Eric Mueller will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Sandusky.
Those wishing to contribute to Charles' memory may do so to the Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio, 3100 W. Central Ave., Suite 250, Toledo, OH 43606, or to one’s favorite charity.
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