William E Bower

Born: Mon., Mar. 21, 1938
Died: Sat., May 23, 2020


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William ‘Bill’ E. Bower, age 82, of Pittsfield, IL passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.  He was born on March 21, 1938 in Hannibal, MO to William and Irma Wilkins Bower.  He married Marcia Baker on May 25, 1975 in Palmyra, MO, and she survives.

Bill grew up on a family farm at Fall Creek and graduated from West Pike High school in 1956.  At the age of 19, he joined the United States Navy Reserve for two years and then enlisted in the United States Air Force for two years.  After his honorable discharge, he returned home to farm.  Bill worked several other jobs as well including, Western Publishing Company, Grandview Cemetery, Culligan Water Conditioning, and a plumbing shop in Clayton, IL.  He then began truck driving for ABF Trucking until 2002 and was a 1,000,000 mile driver with no wrecks.  Bill was of Lutheran faith and was a member of the Barry American Legion Post #222 and the Camp Point VFW.  He and Marcia belonged to a dance club and enjoyed dancing together.  Bill loved fishing, golfing, partying, and Maker’s Mark.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Marcia Bower; son, Terry Wayne Bower of Hannibal, MO; daughter, Tammy Ann (Tim) Cuttsinger of Hannibal, MO; stepchildren, Leecia Hillebrenner of Pittsfield, IL, Stacy (Mike) Roseberry of Pittsfield, IL, and Blaine Hillebrenner of Quincy, IL; siblings, Arnold J. Bower of Colorado and Sara L. (Don) Bowen of Hannibal, MO; two nieces, Ann Fette and Sue (Paul) Russel; and two nephews, John (Melissa) Fette III and Kevin (Johana) Bower.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Irma Bower; a son, William Emmett Bower, Jr in infancy; sister, Shirley (John) Fette and sister-in-law, Sharon Bower.

A graveside service will be held privately with military rites at Shearer Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to be made to the Pike County Animal Shelter, Barry American Legion Post #222, or the Camp Point VFW.  Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in William's memory to the following organizations:

Barry American Legion Post # 222

Camp Point VFW

Pike County Animal Shelter

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Eddie Betty Johnson
   Posted Tue May 26, 2020
Was very shocked to hear this. MARCIA and family thinking of you all.

Richard & Fern Heitholt
   Posted Wed May 27, 2020
Dear Marcia and Bower family, We are saddened to hear of Bill’s sudden passing. We were fortunate to have both of you in high school and continue a life-long friendship. We send our sincere condolences with God’s blessings.

Phillip & Lena Borrowman
   Posted Thu May 28, 2020
Marcia and family, Very sorry to learn of Bill's passing. You and Bill were great neighbors to Mom and Dad and were always helpful to them in their later years. Dad especially liked the tomato growing competition with Bill. Lena and I send our very best thoughts to you and family as you mourn Bill. Always remember the good times with him.

Dorothy and Roger Yaeger
   Posted Sat May 30, 2020
Marcia and family, Roger and I were sorry to read of Bill's passing. You have our deepest sympathy.

Debbie Petty
   Posted Thu June 18, 2020
Dear Marcia,

Please accept my sympathies for you on the loss of your most beloved husband.

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