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Our rock and our life David Allen Bowser of Kittanning, passed away peacefully, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at the age of 66 at his residence surrounded by family and friends, due to a 2 1/2 year battle with ALS.
His wish was to come home after a two-week stay with ACMH. He enjoyed life with his family, especially his daughter Cathlynn and wife Peggy. They had many enjoyable trips together, going to amusement parks and casinos with his mother and father in law.
He enjoyed family picnics, being with loved ones, poker games, holidays, Sunday dinners, and coffee at Marsha’s. He took pride in his job at Henkle’s & McCoy’s where he was known as “Grease gun” and he retired after 10 years of service. He also worked at Montgomery Wards in Meadville, where he was manager of the Truck Tire Department. He worked for E&S Trucking, and owned his own lumber company the Right Lumber Company.
He would take many walks around the farm, which was his safe spot, and where he was comfortable. He liked picking blackberries and watching the deer while on these walks. He knew how to make people laugh and would give the shirt off his back. When he left his job at Henkle’s & McCoy’s to come home, he saw a homeless person and stopped and gave him all of his supplies.
His heart was bigger than gold, and he actually gave the shirt off his back at times. He shared what he could and was kind to everyone. He especially loved his family and friends. He could fix anything and was called “MacGyver” by his mother and father in law. He also like to sing the song Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, whom he married on Nov. 2, 1974, Peggy (Bell) Bowser of Kittanning, daughter Cathlynn Bowser of Kittanning, sister Rose Smith of Cleveland, brother Rick (Barb) Bowser of Kittanning, brother Lester Bowser of Florida, father-in-law David “The dude” Bell, sister-in-laws Carolyn (John) Mergen and Cathy Younkins, nieces and nephews: Rick (Chris) Smith, Randy Bowser, Lesley (Ryan) Wingard, Laura (Kevin) Dinger, LeRoy Bowser, Eddie Bowser, Edith Bowser, Carol (James) Altman, Tracy (Scott) King, Tommy Younkins, James (Elizabeth) Bell, Samantha Smith, and Grant Smith.
Other survivors include great nieces and nephews: Ryley Wingard, Mason Dinger, Luxi Dinger, Jacob Bowser, Kailey Bowser, Alyssa (Michael) Norman, Kelsey Altman, Joshua Sorrells, Heaven Sorrells, Autumn Sorrells, Karleah Bowser, Kaden Bowser, Tabitha Bowser, Molly Bowser, Ariella Kerr, Damien Kerr, and Michael Whitesell.
He is preceded in death by his parents Jay Randall Bowser, Sr. and Phyllis E. (Stockdill) Bowser, brother Jay R. Bowser, Jr., grandparents, Wilber and Laura Gertrude Smith, mother-in-law Isabell Bell, brother-in-law James Bell, niece Angie Bell, and special aunt Edith Waltenbaugh.
Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, at the Kennedy & Blodgett Funeral home at 253 N. Grant Ave. in Kittanning. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home, where additional visitation will be held from 10 a.m., until the time of the service. with the Rev. James Neal officiating. Interment will be in Lawn Haven Burial Estates in Worthington.