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John Bowers Sr.

February 17, 1935 ~ November 25, 2018 (age 83)


John was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on February 17, 1935 and died in Riverbank, California on November 25, 2018.

He attended San Lorenzo High School and attended college in San Mateo for 4 semesters between 1949 and 1956. John was inducted into the Army through Fort Ord California and served in Alaska until February 1958. He obtained a pilot license through California Airways in Hayward. He was married in San Lorenzo, California on February 14, 1959 for 10 years and had 3 children.

He served the public as a fireman for 20 years in Oakland, California; retiring there in a house he built overlooking the San Francisco Bay where you could see all greater bay area bridges on a clear day. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle with his friends. After his retirement, he worked as a handyman, builder, landlord and electrician, and built 2 other homes, one in Oakland and the other in Clearlake. He loved to sail and had raced his Columbia 26 in San Francisco, and even taught himself celestial navigation.


John is preceded in death by his parents John and Violet, and his brother Manville (“Kenneth”). He is survived by the love of his life of 40 years, Bobbie (“Aunt Bobbie” to his children and grandchildren) and his children John, Jess and June. For condolences to his family, please visit his online guestbook at

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