Jack K. Bowers


Hudson - Jack K. Bowers will be remembered for his dedication to his family and his faith, his interests in travel and genealogy, and the contributions he made as a volunteer. He died Oct. 7, 2020, at the age of 90.

Born in Columbia, PA, and raised in Columbia and Lancaster, PA, he was a graduate of J. P. McCaskey High School, Lancaster, PA.

He enlisted in the Army in 1949. In the Korean War, he served in Guam as a supply specialist, corporal and non-commissioned officer in charge of off-island shipping. He subsequently was reassigned to Sagamihara, Japan, where he performed inventory control and identification and was promoted to the rank of sergeant. He subsequently was reassigned to Fort Myer, Virginia, and became a battery supply sergeant until his discharge in late 1952.

After the Army, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA. He became a certified public accountant and certified internal auditor and over the course of his career was a member of the National Association of Accountants, the Institute of Internal Auditors and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

He worked for Ernst & Ernst in Lancaster, PA, before joining the Babcock & Wilcox Co. in 1958, where he was based in Beaver Falls, PA, and was active in company golf and bowling leagues. His work took him to company offices around the country and around the world. He also was treasurer of the Beaver Valley Chapter of the National Association of Accountants and treasurer and church council member at Christ Lutheran Church, Beaver Falls, PA, and later attended Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Chippewa Township, PA.

He lived in Beaver Falls and Chippewa for almost 20 years, when in 1977 his job as manager of internal audit took him and his family to New York City, where he had an office in the company headquarters in the Chrysler Building; he and his family lived in Fairfield, CT. His job brought him to Ohio in 1978, where he worked in offices in Wickliffe, OH, and Barberton, OH, as well as in New Orleans, where the firm with which B&W had merged in 1978, J. Ray McDermott & Co., was headquartered. He and his family lived in Hudson, OH.

In Hudson, he and his family joined Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. He remained a member of the church until his death and over the years, until his health started to decline in 2012, was active in several ways in addition to attending services, serving multiple terms as treasurer and as an usher, greeter, lay reader, lay minister and a member of several committees, among them the Finance Committee and the Audio/Visual Committee, through which he helped record services for showing on the local non-profit, non-commercial television station.

When he retired in 1993, he worked briefly for CPAid in Kent, OH, before the company was sold, and he had more time to continue traveling for leisure as well as volunteer his talents in the community and pursue his interest in researching his family tree.

His trips took him to Africa, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. He also enjoyed visiting several domestic locations, among them Alaska, Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

In retirement, he was treasurer of Lutheran Campus Ministries of Kent, Kent, OH, for several years. He was president of the Hudson Genealogical Study Group, the Hudson chapter of the Ohio Genealogy Society. He volunteered in the archives of the Hudson Library & Historical Society.

He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and American Legion Post 0685.

He remained active in these organizations even as he moved to Streetsboro, OH, in 1998, and he subsequently became an officer in the condominium association where he lived. He lived in Streetsboro until 2012, at which time he moved to a nursing home in Cuyahoga Falls, OH.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Genevieve, who died in 1995; his parents, John and Sadie; a sister, Miriam Danner; two brothers, J. Robert and Richard; and other relatives. He is survived by four children: Carol (Patrick) Walsh of Leesburg, VA; Lois (Ronald Rajecki) of North Olmsted, OH; Robert (Cynthia) of Aurora, OH; and James (Lori) of Sharon Township, OH. He also is survived by nine grandchildren: David, Andrew and Emily Walsh; Jack (Micaela), R. Cole (Caitlyn) and Julia Bowers; and Megan, Sarah and Logan Bowers. He is survived by additional relatives as well.

Funeral services for Jack will be held at 3 PM on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 2113 Ravenna Street, Hudson, OH 44236 where friends will be received from 2 PM until the start of the service. For those unable to attend, the services at church will also be livestreamed at https://youtu.be/ULGiybUwWgg. A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Monday, October 12 at Washington Cemetery, 498 Park Ave, Washington, PA 15301. Arrangements by Johnson-Romito Funeral Home, Hudson, OH. (330)650-4181 www.johnsonromito.com

Posted online on October 11, 2020