Willard L. Bowser, 89, of Piqua, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family at 11:39 a.m. Thursday, January 12, 2023 at Hospice of Miami County. He was born September 29, 1933 in Dayton to the late Charles and Margaret (Snyder) Bowser. He married JoAnn J. Shiverdecker January 24, 1953; a union that would span 70 years, and she survives.
Other survivors include two children, Tim (Clara) Bowser of Troy, Sherry (John) Kastle of Piqua; eight grandchildren, Angie (Joe) Hooper, Brent (Shannon) Bridgman, Tracy (Aaron) Brown, Niki (Bryan) Gardner, Scott (Julie) Bowser, Laura Bowser, Kelly (Ben) Perreira, Sarah (Zach) Tyre; fourteen great grandchildren, Jared, Breann, Allison, Ashley, Austin, Trevor, Ava, Logan, Grant, Reid, Kailey, Chase, Wyatt, Ryder; and one great-great granddaughter, Stella. He was preceded in death by a brother, Curtis; four sisters, Kathryn, Luella, Opal, Doris; a daughter, Deborah Bridgman; and a son-in-law, James Bridgman.
Mr. Bowser was a 1952 graduate of Brookville High School. He was a former member of Shiloh Lutheran Church. He worked for 39 years as a production scheduler for Sheffield Measurement before working in the factory at DAP for four years before his retirement in 1995. In his younger years he was active with the church basketball league and was an avid bowler. He was a past member of the Dayton Foreman’s Club. He was meticulous about his yard and enjoyed tending and growing a beautiful flower garden. He also enjoyed keeping up with sports but followed closely the Cincinnati Reds, Ohio State Buckeyes and his beloved University of Dayton Flyers Basketball where he was a long time season ticket holder. Most importantly, he loved his family deeply and treasured his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be remembered for his kind heart and loving nature. He never knew a stranger and enjoyed making new relationships and friends. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
A private service to honor his life will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are being provided to the family through the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, P.O. Box 758542 Topeka, KS 66675 or Hospice of Miami County, Inc. 3230 N. County Rd. 25A, Troy, OH 45373. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through jamiesonandyannucci.com.
Paralyzed Veterans of America
P.O. Box 758542, Topeka KS 66675
Hospice of Miami County, Inc.
3230 N. County Rd. 25-A, Troy OH 45373