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Jim Bowers, former Le Mars businessman, dies at 82

Monday, May 3, 2004

James R. Bowers, 82, of Okoboji, died Thursday, April 29, 2004, at Hilltop Care Center in Spirit Lake.

James R. Bowers was born April 16, 1922, in Le Mars, the son of Russell and Alice (Schneider) Bowers. Jim graduated from Le Mars High School in 1939. After high school, Jim served his country in the U.S. Army. During World War II, he served in the South Pacific from 1942 until 1945, earning two Bronze Stars. Jim then went on to graduate from the University of Iowa in 1947.

He married Julie Harvey on Aug. 18, 1947, in Spencer.

Jim owned and operated Bowers Clothing for 35 years in Le Mars. In 1985, Jim and Julie moved to Okoboji, where Jim obtained his real estate license.

He was a past Commodore of the Okoboji Yacht Club. He was senior warden of St. George's Episcopal Church in Le Mars, past president of the Lions Club in Le Mars, past president of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Elks Club in Le Mars, a member of the Westmar College Advisory Board and was a lector at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Spirit Lake.

Survivors include his wife, Julie Harvey Bowers of Okoboji; three sons, James R. Bowers Jr., and his wife, Jodie, of West Des Moines, Daniel H. Bowers and his partner, Steven Weissman, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Peter C. Bowers and his wife, Monika, of Boulder, Colo.; five grandchildren, Heather Pride and her husband, Russell, of Des Moines, Hana Bowers of West Des Moines, Samuel and Charlie Bowers of Boulder, Colo., and Ethan Weissman of Los Angeles, Calif.; and two brothers, Richard Bowers and his wife, Alice, of Keokuk, and Donald Bowers and his wife, Sally, of Fort Smith, Ark.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and by a nephew, Donald Bowers Jr.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Monday) at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Spirit Lake. A memorial visitation was held Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Schuchert Funeral Home in Spirit Lake.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.