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Obituary: William A. "Bill" Bower, Columbus

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William A. “Bill” Bower, 67, of Columbus, went to be with the Lord at 5:35 a.m. Monday, March 17, 2014, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

Bill graduated from Columbus High School in 1964 and retired from Cummins Engine Company in 1995. He was a member of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church at Waymansville where he participated in the Adult  Fellowship program.

He was an avid golfer and fisherman and enjoyed NASCAR.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Pastor John Beabout officiating. There will be no calling hours.

In keeping with Bill’s wishes, cremation is planned. Inurnment will be at Garland Brook Mausoleum at a later date.

Arrangements were made by Myers-Reed Chapel on 25th Street.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the general fund of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church of Waymansville or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

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Born in Greensburg Sept. 2, 1946, Bill was the son of Arthur C. and Violet B. Headlee Bower. He married Darlene Miller Horn Aug. 27, 2004, in Carrollton, Ky.

Survivors include his wife; son, Christopher Michael (Tina) Bower, Scipio; daughter, Mikal Kristen (Brandon) Zumhingst, Norman; son, Jeffrey Alan Bower, Columbus; grandchildren, Brady Alan Parrish and Cash Ayden Zumhingst of Norman, Connor Alan Bower of Commiskey, and Jacquelyn Cate Newton of Scipio; stepchildren, Cynthia (Kevin) Ayers, Stephanie (Mark) McGaha and Christina (Greg) Forbes, all of Columbus; and stepgrandchildren, Taylor and Bailey Schroeder, Conner and Riley Forbes and Andrew Dickherber, all of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert Eugene “Bob” Bower and James Arthur “Jim” Bower; and a sister, Kathryn “Marlene” Shafer.

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