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Lyndall 'Lynn' Bowers

Friday, July 6, 2012

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Lyndall "Lynn" Bowers, 96, of Le Mars, died Thursday morning, July 5, 2012, at the Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.

Lyndall was born April 19, 1916, in Le Mars, the son of Adrian L. and Florence N. (Trenhaile) Bowers. He was the first of three children. Lynn, as he was known by most people, grew up in Le Mars, graduating from Le Mars High School in 1934. He attended Western Union College, later known as Westmar College, for several years.

Lynn married his high school sweetheart, Alice Mallette, daughter of Charles and Marba Mallette, of Le Mars, on Aug. 27, 1937 in the Wee Kirk O' The Heather in Forrest Lawn Park, Glendale, Calif. The little church was a replica of the church in Scotland that famed author Robert Burns worshipped in.

Lynn moved to California in 1936 where he was accepted into the Los Angeles Fire Department serving as a fireman, auto fireman, and engineer and company commander retiring in 1961.

He returned to Le Mars at that time with his family. He joined his father in the real estate and insurance business, expanding the business into construction and property management. He was also involved as an appraiser for the Veteran's Administration, Federal Housing Authority, and local lending institutions. Lynn was a licensed real estate broker in California and Iowa; a member of the local, state, and national Association of Real Estate Brokers; active in the Le Mars Development Corporation as secretary and president in the '60s and '70s; long-time member of the Le Mars Rotary Club serving as president in 1966-67, district governor's assistant; served on the Westmar Advisory Board; member and past master of the local Masonic lodge; member of the Sioux City Abu Bekr Shriners; and member of United Methodist Church of Le Mars.

Lynn retired again in 1981, enjoying his retirement traveling with his wife Alice throughout all 50 states, spending time in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and California. They traveled in the Canadian provinces, cruising to many of the Caribbean Islands, Hawaii, Alaska, South Seas to Tahiti, Moorea, North and South New Zealand, and Australia.

He also enjoyed building and operating model railroads.

He and Alice spent a lot of time listening and dancing to the big bands. They moved to Park Place Estates and enjoyed the life of ease dreaming of long gone years of a great life.

He really enjoyed his family as they came first in his life and especially in his late retirement -- they were all a great and loving joy to him.

Lynn is survived by his loving wife Alice of almost 75 years; two sons, David and his wife Debra, of Polkville, N.C., and Larry and his wife, Rhonda, of Le Mars; three grandchildren, Weston and his wife, Jennifer, of Edgewood, Md., Jennifer and her husband, Daniel, of Sioux City, and Ashley and her husband, Jason, of Hilliard, Ohio; seven great-grandchildren, Katie, Dominic, and Jodie of Edgewood, Md., and Thomas, Madison, Lillian, and Mason, of Sioux City; and a sister, Joyce and her husband, Charles, of Yucca Valley, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Janet who passed away in infancy.

A Celebration of Life Service will be 5 p.m. Sunday at the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars with the Rev. John Battern of the Le Mars United Methodist Church officiating, with a Masonic service to follow. Visitations with the family present will begin at 3 p.m. Immediately following the services, everyone is invited to join the family for a time of fellowship and dinner at the Carlsen Funeral Home.

In lieu of memorial, gifts may be directed to the Los Angeles City Fire Department Firemen's Relief Association - Widow and Orphan's Fund or to the Shriner's Hospital-Dad's Children's Transportation Fund, Sioux City.

Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.