Mr. Delbert Duane Bowers age 87, of Harker Heights passed away peacefully with his family and friends at his side in a Harker Heights Hospital.
Mr. Bowers was born on November 20, 1929 in Barada, Nebraska to Delbert L. and Daisy Kirkendall Bowers he was the oldest child of their marriage.
He grew up and was educated in Nebraska and was a Graduate of the University of Nebraska in Omaha.
He entered the U S Army, where he served for 27 years, until his retirement in 1974 at the rank of CW4. After retirement he had a second career as a funeral director. He and his business partner William “Bill” Crawford began Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen in 1972 and Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove in 1988. .
He was a Life Member of VFW Post 3892 in Harker Heights, the DAV Post 147 in Killeen, the American Legion Post 223 in Killeen, the Elks Lodge of Falls City, Nebraska, the Killeen Evening Lions Club, the Killeen Chamber of Commerce, the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce and the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Bowers was a long time active member of Skyline Baptist Church in Killeen.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jean Bowers of Harker Heights; a son, Brent Bowers of Nashville, TN; a Daughter, Debra Hand and her husband Dr. Lee Hand of El Paso; a brother, Delmar Bowers and his wife Shirley of Mt. Home, Arkansas; a sister, Delores Stanfild of Falls City, Nebraska; four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Visitation will be at 5pm Wednesday, at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove and on Thursday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen. Funeral services will be 11am Friday at Skyline Baptist Church in Killeen. Interment will follow with full military honors in the Killeen City Cemetery.