Executive unwound with family, friends, nature
Lee Bowers was a successful businessman, a nature lover, a good listener and, above all, a family man, his friends and family said.
Known to walk into a party or come home from work and shout “Ho-oh,” Mr. Bowers exuded kindness and love, said daughter Kara Dulemba of Penn Township. Each day, he held a “Willie Nelson Hour,” when he would put on the country singer’s music, grab a beer and sit and talk with a friend or family member.
“His kindness, you just wanted to suck it up, and that’s why it’s so devastating to us. He was so kind and so loving,” Dulemba said.
Leven L. “Lee” Bowers, 83, formerly of Monroeville, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in Florida, from pneumonia.
Mr. Bowers worked as the chief financial officer for Columbia Hospital of Pittsburgh in Wilkinsburg and later as a vice president at Crossgates Inc. in Washington County.
Later, he and his wife of 62 years, Helen, retired to Camp Happy Times, the family’s summer home in rural Tioga County, Dulemba said.
“He was patient, always an amazing listener and the giver of the best advice in the world,” said Rachel Martin of Durango, Colo., Mr. Bowers’ biological granddaughter whom he and Helen adopted.
Mr. Bowers never complained about being outnumbered by women at home, his daughters said. He lived with his wife, five daughters and his son, Steven. “He was a man’s man, but boy, did he love his girls,” Martin said.
Mr. Bowers enjoyed traveling with his wife and their friends and soaking in the outdoors while hunting and fishing with one of his best friends, Frank Babik of Harrison City.
Babik, a retired veterinarian, said the two bonded as next-door neighbors in Monroeville in 1972. They would get together and hunt deer and turkey and fly-fish when their busy schedules permitted.
Bill Mokel of University Park said he and his wife traveled the world with the Bowers, often visiting mutual friends in England, vacationing in Hawaii and Jamaica or exploring a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico.
“He was just one helluva nice guy,” Mokel said. “Really, really a good friend.”
In addition to his wife, Dulemba and Martin, Mr. Bowers is survived by son Steven, daughters Laura, Amy and Debbie; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and brother Richard Bowers. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Betty Sue, and three brothers.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Nov. 23 in the Norwin Elks Lodge, 150 Elk Lane, Manor. Friends are welcome at 2 p.m.
Kari Andren is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2856 or [email protected].