Harold Lee Bower, 76, of Mount Ayr, Iowa passed away January 27, 2011 at Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Harold was born March 5, 1934 in Albany, Missouri to Harry George and Thelma Etta Quigley Bower. The oldest of four children, he graduated from Albany high school in 1952. He enlisted in the army and served during the Korean War. He returned to the states after serving for 18 months and worked in Mount Ayr where he met Barbara Ann Stuck. They were united in marriage on May 31, 1959. Harold and Barbara welcomed their only child, a daughter, Tammy Renee Bower, on March 13, 1960.
He worked various jobs throughout his lifetime, clear up to present. Harold served on the Mount Ayr Volunteer Fire Department for many years as well as the Ringgold County Sheriff’s Posse. Harold accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior at an early age and joined the Albany Presbyterian Church. On February 28, 1971 he was baptized and joined the First Baptist Church in Mount Ayr. In February 2010, Harold became a member of the United Baptist-Presbyterian Church. He had a strong, close relationship with God. Harold enjoyed taking his grandkids fishing, helping Kent and Tammy in the field by delivering meals and running errands, woodworking and helping Barbara with her crafts and campaigns. He spent the last few years following his son-in-law, Kent, and grandson Brett, to tractor pulls and took great pride in watching his great-grandsons, Carter, Kegan and Colt, play and grow.
Harold was preceded in death by his mother and father; mother and father-in-law, Lula and John Stuck; brother, George Bower, and sisters, Laura Young and Harriet McConkey.
Harold is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughter, Tammy (Kent) England of Mount Ayr, Iowa; granddaughter, Jennifer (Tom) DeMott of Bedford, Iowa; grandson, Brett (Jodi) England of Ellston, Iowa; great-grandsons, Carter, Kegan and Colt DeMott of Bedford, Iowa; brother and sisters-in-law, Henry and Virginia Campuzano, LD Young and Alan McConkey, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and was unselfish in giving himself to help others.
And we know that all things work together for good
to them that love God, to them who are the called
according to His purpose.
A memorial fund has been established to the United Baptist-Presbyterian Church and the Mount Ayr Volunteer Fire Department. Arrangements were by Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr.
Services were held at the United Baptist-Presbyterian Church in Mount Ayr on Sunday, January 30, 2011, with Rev. Mike Maddy officiating. Musicians were Nancy Sackett and Deb Larson.
Casket bearers included Kent England, Brett England, Tom DeMott, Ron Willey, Calvin Adams and Todd Glendenning.
Honorary pallbearers were Lloyd Glendenning, Paul Glendenning, Kenny Johnson, Mac Cross, Bill Blunck, Randy McDonnell and Oren Campbell, Jr.
Military rites were conducted by Ringgold Post #172 and Iowa Honor Guard Unit.
Harold was laid at rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr.