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Howard Irvin Bowers

June 10, 1925 August 31, 2019
Howard Irvin Bowers
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Howard Irvin Bowers, age 94, of Oak Ridge, died Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Commonwealth Senior Living.
He was born June 10, 1925 near Riverton, Kansas, at the home of his parents, Giles Elmer Bowers and Elizabeth Valetta "Libbie" Darr, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Theresa Agnes Dwyer, four brothers, John, Harry (Marie), Fredrick and Roy (Lucille), and two sisters, Marie (Verl) Martin and Dorothy.
He is survived by his wife, Sally Jean Eddy Bowers: two sons, Stephen of Pueblo, Colorado, and Joseph (Amy) of Wilmington, North Carolina, five grandchildren, Cody and Travis of Pueblo, and Mozelle, Atley and Kane of Wilmington, one brother, Lloyd (Bonnie) of Glendale, Arizona, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by one step-son, Bruce Eddy of Niceville, Florida, one step-daughter, Marguerite Eddy of Austin, Texas, and three step­ grandchildren, Jacob and Samantha of Niceville and Andrew of Austin.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oak Ridge, where he served for many years as an usher and a lector. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Disabled American Veterans and several genealogical societies.
He was a combat veteran of World War II, serving with the 99th Infantry Division in Belgium
during the Ardennes "Battle of the Bulge". He was wounded on January 14, 1945 and received a medical discharge on June 11, 1945, the day after his 20th birthday. He enjoyed attending military reunions and travel to Europe with fellow veterans to re-visit the battlefields.
He graduated from Iowa State University in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for Stanley Engineering Company, Muscatine, Iowa, Los Alamos Scientific laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Colorado-Ute Electric Association, Montrose, Colorado, before coming to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1967, where he was a Group Leader in the Engineering Technology Division. He authored and co-authored many papers and reports relating to the construction and operation of electric power plants and was a consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria. He retired from ORNL in 1988 and continued as a private consultant for several years.
He was an avid reader and enjoyed travel, duplicate bridge, golf and, especially, genealogical research.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00pm at Weatherford Mortuary. The funeral mass will be Friday at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the burial will follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. Military Honors will be presented by the Volunteer State War Era Honor Guard. Memorials can be made to St. Mary’s School Scholarship Fund, 327 Vermont Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 or to a charity of choice. An on-line guest book can be signed at

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5:00 PM 9/5/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 9/5/2019 7:00:00 PM
Weatherford Mortuary

158 South Jefferson Circle
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Weatherford Mortuary
158 South Jefferson Circle Oak Ridge 37830 TN
United States

Funeral Mass




11:00 AM 9/6/2019 11:00:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church

323 Vermont Avenue
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

St. Mary's Catholic Church
323 Vermont Avenue Oak Ridge 37830 TN
United States

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Oak Ridge Memorial Park Final Resting Place

1501 Bethel Valley Road
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

1501 Bethel Valley Road Oak Ridge 37830 TN
United States

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