John Edward Bower Jr. age 78 of Kittanning died peacefully at his residence on Thursday May 21, 2020 after a long battle with cancer. He was born October 18, 1941 in Kittanning to John E Bower Sr. and Elaine S (Mansfield) Bower who preceded him in death.
He lived in Kittanning most of his life and served the community as a police officer for 36 years and a volunteer fireman with Hose, Hook and Ladder Company #1. He served in the Is US Army for 3 years, 28 months of which was in Germany.
He was married to Sandra Lee (Titus) Bower on January 18, 1964 and they were married for 56 years. After retiring, they moved to their camp in Marienville where they lived for 20 years before returning to Kittanning briefly as he became ill.
He was an enthusiastic outdoorsman who enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and other pursuits. He was a member of St. Mary Our Lady Of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church in Kittanning as well as a variety of organizations including: the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 39, The Elks, The Eagles, the Knights of Columbus, the Marienville Rod and Gun Club and the Marienville Veterans Club.
He is survived by his two brothers, Robert and Thomas Bower; his wife, Sandra Lee (Titus) Bower; his children, John E Bower III (Annette), Terri Lynn (Bower) John (Mark) and Courtney (Bower) Harding (Cory); 2 grandchildren, Andrew John and Brittany Bryan (Cameron) plus 1 due in May; and two great granddaughters, Kaylee Bryan and Ava John.
Per John’s wishes he will be cremated and buried later in a private cemetery near the forest he loved at Tree Trimmer’s Rest in Vowinckel, PA.
Snyder-Crissman Funeral Home in Kittanning is assisting the family with their arrangements.
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