Robert L. Bowers, Jr., 73, of Seltzer, passed away Sunday, June 6th, at his home.
He was born in Pottsville, on October 17, 1947, a son of the late Julia (Pernick) and Robert Bowers. He was the husband of Sherri L (Klemas) Bowers.
Bob was a 1965 Graduate of Cass Township High School where he excelled in football and baseball. Upon graduating he entered into the US Army and upon completion, worked highway construction for several years before founding R. Bowers Trucking & Excavating and the mining companies BBZ Research, Lone Eagle Coal Company and the Olde Buck Run Coal Company in the Buck Run area where he successfully mined coal for many years before retiring from the mining business. He continued on with R. Bowers Trucking & Excavating where he was affectionately known by his CB handle “Double B”. From the time he was 16 you could always find him behind the wheel of one of his many Corvettes, most in “Bobby Bowers Blue” or turning laps at Big Diamond Speedway in his late model. Bob was one of the hardest working men you’d find and he had a heart of gold. He’d help anyone in need, even if it meant putting himself out to do so. But of all of Bob’s accomplishments in life, he was most proud of and loved his children and grandchildren. From the tee ball days through high school sports, he seldom missed a game or practice, many times coaching teams as well. In 2003, Bob met Sherri who would become not only his wife but a mother and grandmother to his family. Bob loved Sherri with all of his heart and you could instantly see the joy they brought to each others lives. She was his world and he was hers. Bob was more than a great father, grandfather and husband, he was a great person who had countless friends, many lifelong. Bob’s biggest friend was his beloved Yellow Lab “Willie”. There’s no doubt Bob will be missed immensely but the worlds a better place because he was in it.
Bob is survived by his wife, Sherri, sons Jeffrey, husband of Rachael Bowers, Kyle, Dale, and Ryan Motley, two daughters, Kimberly Bowers , and companion Richard Reed and Leah Purcell and her companion Aaron Strubhar. A sisiter, Joan Bachman. He is also survived by grandchildren, Mia, Ava, Chase, Nova, and Myla. All are invited to attend a visitation Thursday with calling hours from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville. Additional visitation Friday morning until 10:30 am. A Requiem Divine Liturgy will be celebrated 11:00 am Friday at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Minersville with Reverend Mark Fesniak officiating. Interment St. Nicholas Parish Cemetery.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations made to The Wounded Warriors Project. https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/
Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville entrusted with the arrangements.
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